DEAR PRESIDENT

CARMEN TWILLIE AMBAR

AND CHAIRPERSON

T. CHRIS CANAVAN

 



As alumni, parents, and community members of Oberlin College represented by Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF-Oberlin), we are writing to you to address our serious concerns about Oberlin Professor Mohammad Jafar Mahallati's past actions and contributions to a negative campus climate for Jewish students.

Professor Mahallati, who has been given the title, “Professor of Peace,” has been accused of war crimes for covering up the murder of 5,000 Iranian political prisoners when he was Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations. 

In a speech to the United Nations in 1988, he also argued against Israel’s right to exist – referring to Israel as “the Zionist entity”— and stating, "The adoption, by the General Assembly in 1947, of resolution 181 (II) on the partition of the land of Palestine and the establishment of the Zionist entity was itself in violation of provisions of the United Nations Charter, as well as of the rules of international law."

And in a U.N. speech in 1989, during the First Intifada, Mahalatti referred to and justified Palestinian terror against Israeli civilians as a “heroic uprising.” 

Recently, former Iranian political prisoners and family members of some of the murdered 5,000 political prisoners have written to the Oberlin administration about Mahallati, asking administrators to terminate his employment.

As the unified alumni voice, we call on the Trustees of Oberlin College to:

  • Initiate a full investigation into Mahallati’s role as the Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations and into his teaching practices at Oberlin College to ensure that he is not imbuing his coursework with political propaganda, and;

  • Report those findings to the greater Oberlin community.

We, the undersigned Oberlin alumni, thank you for your commitment to supporting Jewish students.