UN Watch, an international human rights group, is calling on the U.S. to launch an investigation into Rutgers University’s Prof. Mazen Adi, who has deep ties with the Syrian government and has accused Israel of organ trafficking.
“The U.S. government needs to investigate how a long-time agent of the Syrian regime, close ally of Iran, was granted a visa to work and teach in America,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch.
“It ought to be a matter of profound concern that an American university would allow an apologist for the Syrian regime’s genocide to be a teacher,” he said.
Adi joined Rutgers University as an adjunct professor in 2015. He teaches international criminal law, political science, and United Nations and global policy studies.
According to The Algemeiner, the Rutgers professor has deep ties to the Assad regime, working for the Syrian Foreign Ministry in various roles since 1998, including as a diplomat and legal adviser at Syria’s U.N. Mission from 2007-2014.
Adi has often spoken out in favor of the Assad regime, which has been accused of perpetrating war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Syrian Civil War. The professor also claimed in April 2012 that “international gangs led by some Israeli officials are now trafficking children’s organs.”
“When the United Nations debated Syria’s culpability for bombing its own people, Mazen Adi said that the Syrian authorities ‘upheld all their legal and judicial responsibilities,’” Neuer noted. “He is a liar and an apologist for mass murder.”