The SAJBD said it was appalled by how the right to freedom of expression was being abused when it comes to the matter involving Shashi Naidoo. Picture: Supplied

Johannesburg - The South Africa Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) said on Tuesday it was appalled by how flagrantly the right to freedom of expression was being abused when it comes to debating the Israeli-Palestinian question in the matter involving model and media personality Shashi Naidoo.

Naidoo is currently in a diplomatic storm and received heavy criticism for her remarks about Gaza after she referred to Gaza as "a sh*thole" during a debate about the Palestine-Israel conflict with an Instagram user. She has apologised and said that she had received at least 10 death threats.

She said that she "stupidly copied and pasted" the response she gave verbatim from a friend in a feeble attempt to appear smart on social media without reading it comprehensibly.

The SAJBD said that Naidoo had become the latest victim of this thuggish vendetta for tweeting comments expressing support for Israel and condemning its enemies.

"For hard-core haters of Israel, merely defaming and demonising the Jewish state is no longer enough. Now, they are using blatant threats and intimidation to punish and silence anyone who dares to challenge their bigoted narrative," the SAJBD said.

"This hysterical invective continues unchecked, despite Naidoo having since apologised for at one point using an expression that she concedes was insulting."

Meanwhile, the human rights and Palestine solidarity organisation BDS South Africa will on Wednesday hold a press conference Naidoo to relay the outcome of a meeting they held with her on Tuesday after she reached out to the organisation. 

African News Agency (ANA)