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


An Afghan refugee-turned-famous Swedish professional on training and integration, Hamid Zafar, has had his excellent public picture ruined after a neighborhood newspaper found hateful feedback he had been posting on-line underneath a pseudonym.

Zafar arrived in Sweden as a refugee youngster 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 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 ceaselessly appeared on Swedish media as a pundit. He was additionally an unbiased professional with the mixing fee of the center-right Average Social gathering.

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

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

Zafar denounced his opponents as “Zionist canines” in social media arguments, and criticized the distribution of a ebook about Holocaust in Swedish colleges, arguing it might create “mass psychosis” and stuff college students’ heads with an 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 instantly fireplace 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 not possible 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 known as them youthful indiscretions, though he was between 28 and 33 years previous on the time, and mentioned the statements had been made throughout a “harmful” 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 a substitute 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 Average Social gathering additionally suggested him to “resign” from its integration fee.

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