Ahwazi Arab youths pose a threat to national security, according to Sayed Karim Husseini, the Political and Security assistant to the Khuzestan provincial governor.
Husseini claimed that an increase in cultural and academic achievement among young Arabs was being exploited and manipulated by Western enemies. He pointed to the increasing political activism among Arab university lecturers, students, teachers and the wider middle-class as proof of the threats against the Islamic Republic.
Ahwazi Arabs have long suffered high levels of illiteracy and low educational attainment due to instruction in the Farsi language as well as discrimination in educational institutions. Three of the five Ahwazi Arab cultural activists currently facing imminent execution were employed as teachers and gave extra tuition to Ahwazi students in the Arabic language.