In his Tuesday address to a Security Council meeting on racism and xenophobia, Es’haq Al-e Habib (seen below) urged serious dialogue to find a new means of fighting Islamophobia, hate and discrimination.
Al-e Habib criticized the international community’s failure to address the root causes of terror and racism, saying, "A global fight against such phenomena, with their abhorrent and evolving forms and manifestations, must be a matter of high priority at the national, regional and international levels."
Referring to the last month terror attacks in New Zealand, the Iranian diplomat said numerous people are falling victim to such assaults which are rooted in racism and supremacist ideology.
"These abhorrent incidents are illustrative of the fact that the international community is far behind in attaining the primary objectives to combat terrorism, racism, racial discrimination and related intolerance because, mainly, the root causes of these instances were not adequately addressed," he said.
"Over the last few decades, there has been an unsettling rise of a vast network of xenophobic propaganda outlets masquerading as news platforms, hate groups masquerading as think tanks and even civic groups promoting a hostile and abusive environment against Muslims and other minorities, such as migrants, in the West," he stated. "As a result, we are witnessing a political tolerance to hostility and discrimination as well as an incitement of hate have gained the ground against persons belonging to religious minorities in particular Muslims, in recent years."
"Such efforts to spread this propaganda are enabled by well financed institutions backed by affluent, government-tied tycoons," Al-e Habib noted, adding, "If unchecked, this wicked network of xenophobia, with its socially motivated feelings of hate, has the capacity to undermine the stability of many societies and strain the relationship between States and great religions, thereby jeopardizing international peace and security."