Oberlin College ‘peace professor’ endorses fatwa to murder Salman Rushdie


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An Islamic studies scholar nicknamed the ‘Professor of Peace’ at Oberlin College in Ohio has endorsed the campaign to assassinate American and British writer Salman Rushdie because the famous novelist portrayed the Muslim prophet Muhammad with irreverence.

A 24-year-old man named Hadi Matar allegedly stabbed Rushdie in the neck and liver on Friday during the author’s speech in Chautauqua, New York. Rushdie is on a ventilator and cannot speak.

According to law enforcement officials, Matar’s social media imprint showed he was a fan of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a US-designated foreign terrorist organization. Matar was also supportive of radical Shia Islamism, the ruling religion of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Asked about then-Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini’s fatwa and the “right to put a price on someone’s head”, according to a 1989 Reuters report, Iranian scholar and former diplomat Mohammad Jafar Mahallati replied, “I think all Islamic countries agree with Iran. All Islamic nations and countries agree with Iran that any blasphemous statements against holy figures must be condemned.”

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Mahallati added, “I think if Western countries really believe and respect freedom of speech, then they should also respect our freedom of speech. We certainly use that right to express ourselves, our religious belief, in the case of any blasphemous statement against holy Islamic figures.”

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – AUGUST 01: Iranian Ambassador to the UN Mohammad Mahallati speaking after a meeting with UN officials regarding the implementation of the Security Council resolution to end to the Iran-Iraq war. (Photo by Bill Foley/Time & Life Pictures)
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Fox News Digital sent a press request to Mahallati. An auto-reply from Mahallati’s Oberlin College email said, “Greetings! I’m on summer leave. I’ll respond as soon as I can.” Fox News Digital also sent press questions to Oberlin College President Carmen Twillie Ambar.

Prominent Iranian-American journalist Masih Alinejad took to Twitter to lambast Mahallati. She wrote, “Guess who is defending Khomeini’s FATWA against #Salman Rushdie? Mahallati, the former Islamic Republic Ambassador to the UN who is now a professor at @oberlincollege.” Alinejad’s tweet went viral, getting 502 retweeets and 1,629 likes.

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In a second tweet, women’s rights activist Alinejad wrote: “We Iranians again call on @oberlincollege to investigate Mahallati, the former Islamic Republic Ambassador to the UN who defends Fatwa against Salman Rushdie . I can provide many other documents showing his role in covering up the 1988 mass executions in Iran. »

A detailed 2018 Amnesty International report accuses Mahallati of committing ‘crimes against humanity’ for covering up the massacre of at least 5,000 Iranian dissidents in 1988. Mahallati denies playing a role in covering up the massacre of innocent Iranian prisoners in 1988. .

After Fox News Digital exclusively revealed in February 2021 that Mahallati was calling for the destruction of the Jewish state and denigrating the persecuted religious minority Baha’i community, Oberlin College launched an investigation.

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Oberlin College spokesman Scott Wargo told the local Chronicle-Telegram newspaper in October 2021 that “the college has found no evidence to support the allegations against Professor Mahallati, including that he had a specific knowledge of the ongoing murders”.

Oberlin College’s student newspaper, The Oberlin Review, conducted its own investigation and published a scathing editorial titled: “Evidence Against Mahallati Irrefutalble”.

Salman Rushdie attends the 68th National Book Awards and Benefit Dinner on November 15, 2017 in New York City.  Rushdie was attacked while giving a talk in western New York.  An Associated Press reporter saw a man storming the stage Friday at the Chautauqua facility as Rushdie was introduced.

Salman Rushdie attends the 68th National Book Awards and Benefit Dinner on November 15, 2017 in New York City. Rushdie was attacked while giving a talk in western New York. An Associated Press reporter saw a man storming the stage Friday at the Chautauqua facility as Rushdie was introduced.
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50 UN-affiliated NGOs demanded earlier this year that the UN open an investigation into Mahallati’s alleged crimes against humanity. Iranian dissidents have also claimed that Oberlin College “whitewashed” Mahallati’s crimes.

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Kaveh Shahrooz, an Iranian-Canadian lawyer, and Iranian-American human rights activist Lawdan Bazargan wrote a joint response in the student newspaper to Oberlin’s report at the time. They said “the evidence is, in fact, overwhelming” against Mahallat and that “Oberlin investigators must have gone to great lengths not to find it”.

Author Salman Rushdie receives treatment after being attacked during a conference, Friday, August 12, 2022, at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY, about 120 miles south of Buffalo.  (AP Photo/Joshua Goodman)

Author Salman Rushdie receives treatment after being attacked during a conference, Friday, August 12, 2022, at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY, about 120 miles south of Buffalo. (AP Photo/Joshua Goodman)

Iran’s theocratic state executed Shahrooz’s uncle, Mehrdad Ashtari, in 1988 and Bazargan’s brother, Bijan, the same year. Critics point to the Orwellian twist on Mahallati’s title at Oberlin College as “Professor of Peace”.

According to a New York Times article, the Islamic Republic of Iran attacked the American guided missile cruiser Wainwright, killing two American crew members: Captain Stephen C. Leslie of New Bern, North Carolina, and Captain Kenneth W. Hill of Thomasville, North Carolina.

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Mahallati said at the time “The US administration has failed miserably both politically and militarily”, after reports that Iran’s clerical regime destroyed three US ships. Mahallati added that it will “show the United States the lesson learned in Vietnam.”

Both the Democratic and Republican administrations have rated the Iranian regime as the worst international state sponsor of terrorism in the world.


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