Dr Maaruf Ali (pictured) was sacked from the University of Essex after he opposed the creation of a Jewish society at the campus
A university lecturer who opposed the creation of a Jewish society on the grounds that ‘Zionists’ were behind it has been sacked.
Dr Maaruf Ali voted against ‘Jsoc’ being set up, prompting a public outcry at the University of Essex.
The 50-year-old wrote ‘the Zionists next want to create a society here at our university’ on a student Facebook page.
The lecturer in computers and electronics also shared material questioning the Holocaust, all of which has since been deleted.
Dr Ali was hauled before a tribunal over the row where a panel ruled he should be dismissed from his post.
He denied being anti-Semitic or denying the Holocaust and said his vote against the society had been against the ideology of Zionism.
‘I am not against Jews, I don’t hate their religion, their people or their culture,’ he said. ‘I believe that everyone should be allowed to form any society. This is what I’m thinking now – which is what I didn’t think at the time.’
Dr Ali shared a photo on Facebook which claimed that a French police officer killed in the January 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack was actually ‘a Mossad agent live and well in Buenos Aires a crypto-Jew in the service of Israeli intelligence’.
Pictured: The post Dr Maaruf Ali shared alleging that a man shot dead by Islamists is actually an Israeli agent
The academic also shared this post, attributed to the author of Defensive Racism: An Unapologetic Examination of Racial Differences
He claims his objection to Jsoc related to the climate in present day Israel and said he had never asked for the destruction of the state of Israel.
The row erupted as voting was underway on a Facebook site as to whether a Jewish society should be founded at the university. More than 200 students, 36 per cent of those who cast ballots, voted no.
The academic also shared this post online, suggesting that Zionists are pulling strings in the media
Dr Ali also posted a quotation attributed to Edgar J Steele, a lawyer notorious for defending white supremacists and for writing a book titled Defensive Racism: An Unapologetic Examination of Racial Differences.
The quote reads: ‘In all of German Occupied Europe, there resided 2.4 million Jews before the war, according to the world Jewish encyclopedia.
‘After the war, 3.8 million Jewish ‘Holocaust survivors’ were receiving pensions from the German government… Tragically, the remaining 6 million were lost.’
At the time, the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) called for an investigation into Dr Ali and the university confirmed an investigation would take place.
David Baddiel (left) and Rachel Riley (right) were among the people to slam the academic’s opposition to Jsoc
In a statement, the university said its investigation ‘into the serious allegations made against a member of staff’ was completed and an employee had been dismissed.
‘Following a tribunal hearing which considered all the evidence the member of staff has been dismissed,’ a spokesperson said.
Daniel Kosky, Union of Jewish Students campaigns organiser, said it was the correct decision for Dr Ali to be dismissed for his ‘severely anti-Semitic’ social media comments.
He said: ‘We welcome this positive step in creating an inclusive campus environment, and we hope to see the University of Essex continue this work into the future.’
In February, comedian David Baddiel and Countdown presenter Rachel Riley spoke of their shock at the reaction to the Jewish Society vote.