An Afghan refugee-turned-famous Swedish professional on schooling and integration, Hamid Zafar, has had his good public picture ruined after an area newspaper found hateful feedback he had been posting on-line underneath 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 weak” district of Gothenburg, the person took cost of a troubled native college and have become recognized 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, the person steadily appeared on Swedish media as a pundit. He was additionally an unbiased professional with the combination fee of the center-right Reasonable Celebration.

Ultimately, he acquired a prestigious ‘Swede of the 12 months’ award by the Swedish Focus journal in 2018, and have become the pinnacle of the Kids and Training Division within the southern municipality of Mullsjo.



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This week, nevertheless, journalists from the Dagens Nyheter (DN) instantly uncovered the well-respected schooling professional’s ‘darkish facet,’ reporting that between 2011 and 2016 Zafar had anonymously been posting hateful feedback on-line.

Zafar denounced his opponents as “Zionist canine” in social media arguments, and criticized the distribution of a guide about Holocaust in Swedish faculties, arguing it could create “mass psychosis” and stuff college students’ heads with an concept 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 oppressed teams in Afghanistan.

The scandal prompted the Mullsjo authorities to instantly hearth Zafar from his place because the Kids and Training Division head. The municipality rushed to “distance itself from Hamid Zafar’s … views and statements” whereas calling the entire scenario a “disaster of confidence.”

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



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 He referred to as them youthful indiscretions, although he was between 28 and 33 years outdated on the time, and stated the statements have been made throughout a “damaging” interval of his life.

Zafar claimed that he had “distanced himself from such opinions since then and left them behind.” He didn’t apologize, although, saying as an alternative that these, who’re with out sin “are welcome to throw the primary stone.”

In the meantime, varied organizations he cooperated with proceed to chop ties with disgraced professional and terminate his contracts. His scheduled TV appearances have been cancelled and he misplaced his place as a columnist within the Swedish Goeteborgs Posten newspaper. The Reasonable Celebration additionally suggested him to “resign” from its integration fee.



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