Local Muslim outcry over academic’s allegations

2008-03-23 00:00

An invitation has been sent to South African academic Professor Hussein Solomon by local Muslims asking him to come and address them and provide evidence to substantiate claims he made that South African Muslims are involved in terror activities.

Solomon’s comments have stirred controversy since being aired in the South African media. According to local community leader Abdul Saeed, at a conference in Israel organised by the International Institute for Counter Terrorism, Solomon claimed that Muslim organisations, mosques and the Muslim media are psychologically preparing local Muslims for terrorism.

He claimed that military training is occurring at various South African Muslim high schools and madrasahs and that Muslims are a potential threat to the 2010 World Cup.

Saeed said that nowhere in the presentation did Solomon provide any evidence to substantiate his claims.

He extended an invitation to the academic, who is the director of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for International Political Studies, to come to Pietermaritzburg to address the Muslim community.

"We would like to hear how you reached such conclusions and deductions. As an academic, you are duty-bound to make available the necessary evidence to support these severe allegations," Saeed wrote in an open letter to Solomon.

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