Subject: PHONE THE PHILOSOPHY DEPT!
Date: 09 September 2007 10:41:29 AM
Dear Jane Duncan,
In your role as exec director of The Freedom of Expression Institute, you should immediately distance The FXI from the "logic" of The Media Review Network.
When I wrote to The Citizen stating that Na'eem Jeenah's position as spokesperson for The Palestinian Solidarity Committee compromised his work at The Freedom of Expression institute, Iqbal Jassat from the Media Review Network immediately replied with the attached email.
Because FIX THE FXI has questioned Jeenah's independence, Jassat argues that it wants to "go back to the tyranny of the past". Is this the level of The FXI's "logic"? If it is perhaps you and Na'eem Jeenah would benefit form a first year philosophy course at Wits? You should phone the dept for a prospectus!
Activist`s ties sway FXI stance ( The Citizen Aug 7th)
•WIKIPEDIA makes it quite clear that Na`eem Jeenah is essentially an Islamic activist. The question arises whether this spokesman for the Palestine Solidarity Committee should be the director of the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI). Likewise, would it be fair if someone at SA Jewish Board of Deputies or SA Zionist Federation was running the FXI? It is evident Na`eem Jeenah`s allegiances outside of the FXI are influencing the FXI`s stance toward the SABC and the SAJBD. ANTHONY POSNER by e-mail
STRANGE LOGIC OVER ACTIVIST AT FXI (The Citizen Aug 9th)
ANTHONY Posner complains about Na’eem Jeenah’s association with the Freedom of Expression Institute (The Citizen, August 7).
Posner suspects that Jeenah’s profile as an “Islamic activist” is problematic for the SA Jewish Board of Deputies. What a strange sense of logic!
It’s no different from the weak, defeatist approach adopted by failed apologists of South Africa’s racist past, who constantly clamoured against those seeking to question an ideology of hate.
Many respected academics, journalists and others were hounded and persecuted as a consequence of intolerance displayed by apartheid-era agents.
Does Posner desire that his intolerance of critics of Israeli apartheid result in barring Jeenah’s links with the FXI?
If so, he certainly cherishes a foolish desire to turn SA’s momentous strides back to the tyranny of the past.
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