The following are excerpts from an interview with Dr. Fatima Al-Sayyegh, dean of the history department at UAE University:
Interviewer:Before entering the studio
you mentioned an electronic site…
A site on the Internet that tries
to monitor our media,
in the other's perspective maybe…
Dr. Fatima Al-Sayyegh: True, this is the website of the
Middle East Research Institute – MEMRI.
This website was established
by an institute in the US.
Its goal is to monitor television programs, mostly, talk shows and religious programs
and to analyze them, in order to find out what the Arab man on the street thinks,
what is the discourse in the Arab media that is directed at the Arab public.
According to what was published
on this website, some Arab TV programs,
and especially religious programs…
I don't know if I am allowed
to mention specific programs,
but one program the website mentions
is that of Sheik Ahmad Al-Kubeisi.
This program, for instance, was described by the website as calling for extremism
and violence, an antisemitic program
that encourages terrorism.
Interviewer: Ahmad Al-Kubeisi's program?
Dr. Fatima Al-Sayyegh: Yes, "The Word and its Sisters."
This important program
was described in this manner,
while other trivial programs
were described as calling
for openness, reforms and so on.
This issue should make us think:
What does the West want for us?