A professor at Rutgers University worked previously as a spokesperson for the Syrian government under the regime of Bashar Assad, reports this week revealed.
Mazen Adi is an adjunct professor in the school's department of political science. The Algemeiner reported on Nov. 5 that Adi served from "2007 to 2014 as a spokesperson and legal adviser for the Syrian delegation at the United Nations in New York City, where his government has been routinely condemned for gross violations of international law."
In a statement published Nov. 6, UN Watch called for Adi's firing. "While serving as a Syrian delegate and legal adviser at the UN," the group contended, "Mr. Adi systematically acted as an apologist for the mass murder committed by the Assad regime against his own people, helping Syria to win impunity at the UN to conduct continued war crime."
Rutgers, a public university, defended Adi in a statement to The Algemeiner, explaining he was hired for "his expertise in international law and diplomacy, and other fields," which is interesting, as the publication reported, given that the Syrian government has been "routinely condemned" for violating international law.
"Rutgers will not defend the content of every opinion expressed by every member of our academic community, but the University will defend their rights to academic freedom and to speak freely," the school insisted.
It's worth remembering that Rutgers students and professors pressured former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice out of giving a commencement address in 2014 over concerns regarding her involvement in the Iraq War.
As of publication time, UN Watch's petition for Rutgers to fire Adi is closing in on 3,000 signatures.