Published: Friday, September 21, 2012
Updated: Friday, September 21, 2012 02:09
The documentary “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West” highlighted the threats of Islamic fundamentalism and was hosted by Christians United For Israel (CUFI) Wednesday. The film promotes awareness about Islam to UNC students and faculty.
Attendees were treated to homemade honey cake and other traditional Rosh Hashanah treats, which ended the night before. The film displayed intense and powerful images, illuminating strong political messages and propaganda about radical Islam.
The film also discussed the threats of Islamic fundamentalism. CUFI, an on-campus club, hosted the event in Ross Hall.
President of the club, Shayna Galasso, informed attendees about radical Islam.
“Our purpose is to educate students about what’s going on in Israel,” Galasso said. “And bring awareness about radical Islam; this is a very real subject. Pro-Islam does not mean we are Anti-Palestinian or Anti-Muslim.”
As the credits began to roll, lights flickered on and club members made their way up to the front of the lecture hall to engage students in conversation about the disturbing and thought-provoking visuals from the documentary.
“It’s a very powerful video,” said Ibrihim, a junior international affairs major who requested to not have his last name printed. “Israel has always gone through that. It’s good to compare if things have gotten better.”
CUFI’s initial mission is to educate and show Christian support for Israel. The group tries to have an event at least once a month.
Despite the small turn out, the club was happy to see new faces.
“As a new program, we’re doing fairly well,” said Jared Wersch, the club’s political coordinator. “Any time we see a new face is always a welcome sign. Some of our methods are reaching people in ways that they haven’t been before.”