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Afghan-born ‘Swede of the 12 months’ loses schooling & integration adviser jobs over newly found anti-Semitic, homophobic posts

Afghan-born ‘Swede of the year’ loses education & integration adviser jobs over newly discovered anti-Semitic, homophobic posts


An Afghan refugee turned-famous Swedish knowledgeable on schooling and integration, Hamid Zafar, had his excellent public picture ruined after a neighborhood newspaper found hateful feedback he posted on-line below a pseudonym.

Zafar arrived in Sweden as a refugee little one and rose to prominence as an emblem of profitable integration. Introduced up in what’s being described as a “socially susceptible” district of Gothenburg, the person took cost of a troubled native college and have become identified all through Sweden merely as ‘Rector Hamid’.

His profession has been on the rise ever since. Between working on the Swedish Colleges Inspectorate and giving lectures at Karlstad College, he has regularly appeared on Swedish media as a pundit. He was additionally an unbiased knowledgeable with the combination fee of the center-right Reasonable Occasion.

In 2018, he was named ‘Swede of the 12 months’ by Swedish Focus journal, and have become the top of the Youngsters and Schooling Division within the southern municipality of Mullsjo.

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This week, nevertheless, journalists from Dagens Nyheter (DN) uncovered the schooling knowledgeable’s ‘darkish aspect’, reporting that between 2011 and 2016, Zafar anonymously posted hateful feedback on-line.

Zafar denounced his opponents as “Zionist canine” in social media arguments, and criticized the distribution of a ebook concerning the Holocaust in Swedish faculties, arguing it will create “mass psychosis” and fill college students’ heads with the thought of “how horrible Holocaust was.”

In different feedback and posts which have since been deleted, Zafar scolded the Swedish Lutheran Church for permitting gay marriages, and mocked Hazaras – an Afghan ethnic minority thought-about one of the crucial oppressed teams in Afghanistan.

The scandal prompted the Mullsjo authorities to right away hearth Zafar from his place because the Youngsters and Schooling Division head. The municipality rushed to “distance itself from Hamid Zafar’s… views and statements,” calling the scenario a “disaster of confidence.”

We now have come to a conclusion that our confidence in Hamid Zafar has been a lot broken that it’s now unattainable for him to proceed his work.

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Zafar himself didn’t dispute DN’s findings and admitted he wrote the posts. He referred to as them youthful indiscretions, although he was between 28 and 33 years outdated on the time, and mentioned the statements had been made throughout a “harmful” interval of his life.

Zafar mentioned he has “distanced himself from such opinions since then and left them behind.” He didn’t apologize although, saying that those that are with out sin “are welcome to throw the primary stone.”

In the meantime, organizations he has labored with proceed to chop ties with the disgraced knowledgeable and terminate his contracts. Scheduled TV appearances have been canceled, and he misplaced his place as a columnist within the Goeteborgs Posten newspaper. The Reasonable Occasion additionally suggested him to “resign” from its integration fee.

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