The controversy continues to grow at Rutgers University after the school hired Mazen Adi as a lecturer in its Political Science Department. Adi’s former position was a spokesman for the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Despite his work for this bloodsoaked mass violator of international law and human rights, Rutgers insisted that Adi’s expertise was in the areas of “international law and diplomacy.”
Adi spent his years working against human rights and denying gross violations of international law, including the gassing of civilian populations. He performed this role for 16 years in speaking for one of the most brutal dictatorships on the Earth. At the same time, he accused Israel of burning people alive and selling the organs of children.
Yet Rutgers insists that he is precisely the man that it wants teaching students with “his expertise in international law and diplomacy, and other fields.”
I fail to see how 16 years of being an apologist for a genocidal regime makes one a “diplomat” or, more importantly, an expert on international law. Adi is about as expert on international law as a Harvey Weinstein is an expert on sexual harassment.