* Alsharq Alawsat reported on August 3 that the National Youth Council in Tunisia held a meeting with 120 personnel who oversee the youth sector of Ennahda to assess the ongoing political and security rift and provide a number of recommendations to the authorities, party leadership, and civil society. Among these recommendations, the meeting urged Ennahda to form a national rescue command, including youth groups, to be “the beginning of the path of renewal in the executive leadership within the movement, with the aim of saving the political path in the country.”
* Alarab published a report on August 7 in which it asserted that the presence of Moroccan youth in political participation is locked in official speeches, yielding a prevalent feeling of mistrust among Moroccan youth in political parties. Political parties have been marginalizing youth for years, and they do not communicate with them except for to acquire their votes during electoral campaigns. The report highlights that Moroccan political parties are racing to urge youth to register to vote while young people feel they were pushed out of political parties and that translates into their apathy toward political participation. Youth also believe that calls from political parties to engage youth in elections are empty and will disappear following the elections to go back to marginalizing youth.
* Akhbar Alaan indicated on August 8 that the recent developments in Tunisia are contributing to youth’s growing disappointments. The economic challenges are pushing Tunisian youth to think about emigration, especially among university graduates. In fact, it is estimated that over 4,000 Tunisians with PhD degrees are currently unemployed and live in poverty.
* Belen Fernandez wrote an article for Aljazeera titled “Who’s Afraid of Hamas Summer Camps?” In this article, Fernandez essentially demonstrates that many US and international researchers, experts, and writers were raising awareness about Hamas’ summer camps for training young Palestinians to fight and indoctrinate them against Israel. She outlines that such their criticisms arise from their belief in the importance of children’s rights. Fernandez raises an important question of “why, if the rights of the child are so sacred, do they spontaneously disappear whenever the Israeli military undertakes to slaughter children? In the same vein, if Israel is so opposed to the concept of child soldiers, why does it treat kids as military targets?”
* Arab 48 reported on August 5 that the Public Prosecution Office submitted to the Haifa District Court an indictment against six young Arabs, all aged under 25, along with an arrest request until the judicial procedures against them are completed. In the indictment, the prosecution attributed to the youth “violence, robbery and arson” against the background of the recent protests against the aggression against Gaza, the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, attempts to displace residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem, and the settlers’ attacks on Arab citizens in the country in May.
* The European Palestinian Youth Union held, on August 5, a virtual conference titled “Anti-Semitism and the BDS Movement.” The session stressed on the importance and role of the Union in highlighting Palestinians’ struggles and to raise awareness about the concept of anti-Semitism, which resurfaced following the recent efforts. The session also indicated the importance of the BDS Movement, which has had a tremendous role in raising awareness about the atrocities committed by the Israelis against Palestine and the Palestinians.
* Alhurra reported on August 8 that a young Iraqi activist was targeted by a group of armed individuals in Waset governorate, suffering serious injuries in an assassination attempt. The report adds that this attempt comes one month after Iraqis around the world held demonstrations to demand that those responsible for killing journalists and activists be held accountable. More than 600 Iraqis were killed during the 2019 demonstrations, according to Amnesty International. Further, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), there has been 48 assassination attempts of demonstrators between November 2019 and May 2021, as 20 demonstrators were kidnapped by militias and are still missing.
* Khaleej Times indicated that UAE authorities have warned about extremists targeting youth to recruit them to join terrorist activities through social media platforms, including Facebook and WhatsApp. The report adds that the Sawab Center, UAE’s online engagement initiative in support of the global coalition against extremism, has been warning youth on Twitter to pay attention to the rhetoric they read online, especially misleading content that aims to exploit youth, particularly those with mental health challenges.
* Hespress indicated on August 3 that a number of young Moroccans published a guide to “Gender and Feminist Issues in Morocco”, in Moroccan colloquial, the aim of which is to “simplify the concepts related to gender”. The project coordinator spoke that the guide looks to present the most important legal gains achieved by the struggles of the feminist movement in Morocco and to identify the shortcomings and deficiencies that prevent the achievement of full equality between the sexes. It also aims to identify all forms of violence against women or gender-based violence (GBV) and to empower victimized women with the mechanisms and steps to be taken under the law.
* The Egyptian Ministry of State for Emigration and Egyptian Expatriate Affairs is preparing to launch a summitfor Egyptian students studying abroad on August 10. The summit aims to exchange experiences of students studying abroad with students who are about to begin their studies, to ease their journeys. The meeting will be held both in person and online through the following link.
* A number of young Algerians participated in an emergency initiative in the East to put out the wildfires in Al-Wahsh Mountain forests, causing tremendous losses in tens of hectares of trees and many animals. It is worth noting that many young Algerians went from different areas to offer their support, having participated in putting out various wildfires in the past.
* The Innovation Center at the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority held a virtual workshop on August 8, attended by 3488 young Emiratis. The workshop discussed the best practices to preserve the environment and natural resources. It also delved into the importance of youth empowerment into this sector and to engage them in various programs and initiatives in that regard.
* VDL News reported on August 3 that the Delta variant of the Coronavirus is spreading alarmingly in Lebanon and that hospitals are completely overfilled. One doctor spoke to VDL News that the numbers are likely to increase as the country enhanced its testing efforts, clarified that the Coronavirus sections at the hospitals do not have any vacant beds. The doctor added that youth, in specific, constitute the vast majority of the patients. He indicated that those who received the Sinopharm vaccine are especially susceptible to the Delta variant’s symptoms.
* Dr. Kamel Janouhat, the director of the Central Laboratories and the National Society of Immunology, indicated that 30% of COVID-19 patients in Algerian hospitals and 25% of deaths are youth under 45 years old, as reported by Ennahar Online on August 5. Janouhat added that there is a weakness in early diagnosis due to the varying symptoms accompanying the Delta variant along with misinformation which causes people to refrain from going to the hospitals, thus worsening their health conditions.
* A group of young Algerians in Bab Alwadi in the capital city launched an initiative to purchase oxygen generators and concentrators to the hospitals in the city. The initiative aims to rescue as many COVID-19 patients as possible, who are suffering from the severe deficiency of oxygen in the hospitals of the city. It is worth noting that the initiative managed to collect enough donations to buy an oxygen generator (at $280,000) for the University Hospital while the rest of the money will be used to buy oxygen concentrators ($900 a piece).
* أفاد موقع صوت لبنان في 3 آب / أغسطس أن متحور دلتا من فيروس كورونا ينتشر بشكل مقلق في لبنان وأن المستشفيات ممتلئة بالكامل. تحدث أحد الأطباء للموقع أن الأرقام من المرجح أن تزداد مع تعزيز الدولة لجهودها في فحص المواطنين، وأوضح أن أقسام فيروس كورونا في المستشفيات لا تحتوي على أي أسرة شاغرة. وأضاف الطبيب أن الشباب، على وجه التحديد، يشكلون الغالبية العظمى من المرضى. وأشار إلى أن أولئك الذين تلقوا لقاح سينوفارم معرضون بشكل خاص لأعراض متحور دلتا.
* أشار الدكتور كامل جنوحات، رئيس المخابر المركزية والجمعية الوطنية لعلم المناعة، إلى أن 30٪ من مرضى فايروس كورونا في المستشفيات الجزائرية بالإضافة إلى 25٪ من الوفيات هم من الشباب دون سن 45 عامًا، حسبما أفاد موقع النهار أون لاين في 5 آب / أغسطس. وأضاف جنوحات أن هناك ضعفًا في التشخيص المبكر بسبب اختلاف الأعراض المصاحبة لمتحور دلتا إلى جانب المعلومات الخاطئة التي تجعل الناس يمتنعون عن الذهاب إلى المستشفيات، مما يؤدي إلى تفاقم ظروفهم الصحية.