Al-Jazeerah’s editor says he’s quitting unless American groups give him some money to hire help in running his organization.
First comes a laughably transparent butter-up and a slice of humble pie, along with sweet words for the Bush administration:
Since I created, founded, and started to edit Al-Jazeerah, on January 24, 2002, I took the freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press in the United States extremely seriously.
In the last four years, Al-Jazeerah has become a forum and a herald celebrating these freedoms in the United States. No matter how much the works published were critical of the Bush administration, I have never been contacted by any government department or agency telling me to stop publication of any work, let alone stopping Al-Jazeerah as a whole. This is for the historical record and in celebration of these freedoms.
From day one until today, Al-Jazeerah has functioned as an educational publication that promotes peace in the world, particularly between Palestinians and Israelis and between Americans and Iraqis, arguing that peace starts with ending the occupation.
It has been a fulfilling experience, more than four years of long hours of hard work everyday without any material gains. My gratification has been providing education to whoever seeks it, particularly to my fellow Americans.
But for Al-Jazeerah to continue as it has been, I need assistance from at least two people working full time with me.
I appeal to American institutions and individuals to grant Al-Jazeerah.info a large grant for this purpose, not for me personally.
Then comes the arrogant demand: Mr. Hassan El-Najjar doesn’t want any “small donations from readers” and he won’t accept funds from any “foreign entity.” Nope, the lucky donors have to be Americans with big bucks or they have to be US “institutions.”
Can you spell G-e-o-r-ge S-o-r-o-s? How about Theresa Heinz
Kerry and her bajillions? Yale, perhaps? Maybe the Kennedys can throw a fund-raiser for this worthy cause.
Let’s see if Al-Jazeerah gets the dough. And lets see if they admit who gave it.
My favorite bit of taqqiya: “From day one until today, Al-Jazeerah has functioned as an educational publication that promotes peace in the world, particularly between Palestinians and Israelis…”
I’ll bet this guy used to sell cars.