Middle East studies in the News
Rollins Professor Defended Anti-Semitism, Aided Lover in Radicalizing Children [on Areej Zufari]
by Jacob Engels
Middle Eastern & Muslim Humanities Professor Areej Zufari's past includes allegations of radicalizing her lover's two sons, fundraising for a man connected to the WTC bombing in 1993, and defending "Death To All Jews" statements.
On Saturday, the Central Florida Post reported on the suspension of Rollins College student Marshall Polston, who clashed with Professor Zufari over radical hate speech uttered by another student during class.
Polston says that the student was responding to a question posed about how Sharia Law should be interpreted.
"He said it should be followed to the letter. Whatever punishment was just for anything from homosexuality to stealing, it was to be followed and interpreted as such. It was very concerning to hear," reiterated Polston.
Weeks before this incident, Zufari had given Polston a failing grade without explanation, after the two disagreed over Zufari proclaiming during the first class that the Crucifixion of Christ was a hoax... as was the idea that Jesus's disciples did not think he was "divine."
Polston reached out and demanded an explanation from the professor, but she instead reported him to the Dean of Safety for making her feel "unsafe."
The straight-A student would ultimately be suspended on March 24th and then face outlandish allegations by Zufari, later that day.
She accused him of skulking around in the brush outside the classroom, but video surveillance from a Dr. Phillips restaurant and neighborhood gate cameras prove Polston was nowhere near the school at the time.
Now the Central Florida Post has uncovered a lawsuit filed in Orange County, FL in 2007 that contains bombshell allegations against Zufari and provide insight into her radical Wahhabi leanings. SEE THE LAWSUIT BELOW.
Zufari is accused by Rosine Ghawji, the wife of the Maher Ghawji, of trying to indoctrinate Rosine's two children with fanatical Islamic beliefs. Zufari had been engaged in an affair with Maher and was possibly involved in a secret marriage ceremony in Central Florida with Mr. Ghawji, according to the court documents.
Maher Ghawji has been tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, donated thousands to charities that funneled money to Al-Qaeda, and was even under surveillance by the F.B.I. at one point for his involvement with terrorist groups in the Middle-East.
The court documents also point to trips made by Zufari and Mr. Ghawji to Seatlle, where the court documents allege the two conducted "targeting and surveillance" of American interests.
Ms. Ghawji was not some vengeful housewife who was looking for a big divorce settlement — she actually worked with the F.B.I. as a source for years to inform on her husband's email activity and conversations with contacts in the Middle East.
That activity proved contact with groups that were listed as terrorist organizations and letters from his brother talking about how he needed to make sure the children were raised as radical Muslim extremists.
It seems Professor Zufari was of that mindset as well, as she is seen throughout the court documents providing assistance to Maher Ghawji and his attorneys.
Zufari's paramour exhibited Anti-Semitic hate speech under oath in a 2004 proceeding, where he also confirmed he was a Wahhabi Muslim. Ghawji told his wife he did not want Jews in his house.
"Correct, I said I don't." He then stated that in his religion, there is an "angel" that will help Muslims and they will "fight the Jew".
Anti-Semitism could have drawn Zufari and Ghawji together, as she previously defended a Sheikh who appeared on Saudi television and said that Jews needed to be "annihilated." He continued by referring to Jews as "the scum of the human race, the rats of the world, the killers of prophets, and the grandsons of monkeys and pigs."
Professor Zufari was a leader in the Central Florida Muslim community during that time and was leading the effort to bring the Sheikh to Kissimmee for a three day conference. Several anti-hate groups opposed the visit and said that Sheikh Abdur-Rahman Al-Sudais should be banned from entering America to attend the event.
When confronted with his comments, she deflected and claimed it would be "un-American" for authorities to stop his planned appearance. The Sheikh has also called for the death of Americans in the past.
Also under her watch at the Islamic Society of Central Florida, Zufari promoted an event with Brooklyn Imam Siraj Wihaj, who had been listed as a co-conspirator by the U.S. Attorney in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
Zufari not only defended Jew hating comments reminiscent of the Third Reich, but also hosted a fundraiser for a man who was listed as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the 1993 WTC terrorist attack.
How did Rollins not do a proper background check on Areej Zufari before they hired her? Her past is a clear indicator of an intense personal bias, one that has apparently motivated her to malign a student and even falsify a police report.
She even went as far as enlisting a student to lie in the report as well, meaning multiple people could face charges for filing a false police report.
After we published our initial report, Marshall Polston says a student from his class informed him via a private Facebook message that "they" were organizing against him.
"I told her that the only person who has committed a crime here is Professor Zufari, who blatantly lied to the police."
The female student continued by encouraging Mr. Polston to file a counter-report.
"See who will win the system," the female student proclaimed, possibly eluding to the fact that she was conspiring with others to share false information with authorities. Could Professor Zufari be one of those co-conspirators... it is entirely possible.
Given that she has already lied to the police, it's wouldn't be a huge leap for Professor Zufari to expand her smear campaign.
Rollins College needs to immediately open an investigation into Professor Zufari for abuse of power, filing a false police report, and demand she come clean about her past.
Anything less than that sends the message that they are letting this radical professor run amok, allowing her to operate without impunity.
If she lied to the police about seeing Marshall Polston during the most recent class, what else is she lying about? How far will she go to get her way?
Our sources confirm that Mr. Polston is scheduled for a hearing at 3pm on Tuesday on campus to review his status as a student. He will hold a press conference afterwards to address the false police report filed by Zufari.
Polston remains worried about the likelihood of a positive outcome, and said his social media accounts have sustained several breaches from foreign IP addresses. As for Zufari's alleged past activities, he didn't seem surprised.
"It's an organized effort and cyber-attack for sure. All starting after this went public."
The Central Florida Post reviewed the logins and can confirm that they occurred from a location in Memphis, Tennessee and Madrid, Spain.
According to the Gatestone Institute, a non-profit international policy council, Spain is currently in the "Eye of the Storm" of jihad efforts from groups like the Islamic State... also known as ISIS.
This is a breaking news story and we will update our readers after Tuesday's decision by the college.
Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, InfoWars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, and Fox News to name a few. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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