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استاذ في الاميركية لطالبته المحجبة: انزعي حجابك تسمعي جيدا!

كتبت الطالبة مريم دجاني على صفحتها على فايسبوك:

 أنا طالبة في الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت منذ فصلين فقط ومررت بالأمس بتجربة مسيئة جدا إثر ملاحظات عنصرية ومسيئة تتعلق بالحجاب الذي أرتديه وجهها إلي أستاذ السوسيولوجيا، الدكتور سمير خلف.
أرتدي الحجاب كما هي حال آلاف الفتيات في جامعة ال AUB، هذه الجامعة التي تنادي بالتنوع وحرية التعبير وها أنا اليوم أتعرض إلى هجوم كلامي من أستاذ جامعي من المفترض أن يكون استاذ علم الاجتماع و قدوة لطلابه.
كان الدكتور خلف يعطي محاضرته عندما استوقفته بكل أدب طالبة منه أن يعيد ما قاله في الأخير ولكن صعقت عندما استشاط غيظا وصرخ في وجهي قائلا: “لا تستطعين أن تسمعيني لأن هذا الوشاح (غطاء الرأس) الغبي يغطي أذنيك. لذلك، إن نزعت هذا الحجاب ستتمكنين من سماعي بوضوح.”
الجدير بالذكر أن ردة فعل الدكتور خلف تكون مغايرة عندما يطلب منه الطلاب الآخرون تكرار ما قاله.
عندما أجبته قائلة إن هذا رأيه الشخصي ولا يحق له بالتهجم علي، فما كان منه إلا أن يقول لي إنه لا يتهجم علي بل يتهجم “علينا” أي كل المحجبات بالمجمل.
ولم يكتف بذلك لا بل أخذ يسألني بعد نهاية الحصة عن المدرسة التي ارتدتها ثم سألني عما إذا كانت أمي محجبة وكأنه لم ير فتاة محجبة من قبل.
ولكم ذهلت عندما اكتشفت أن هذا الأستاذ كان رئيس قسم علم الاجتماع لمدة ست سنوات في هذه الجامعة. ما جعلني أسأل نفسي سواء كنت أريد مواصلة دراستي في علم الاجتماع والأنثروبولوجيا الذي يتسم بتقبل وفهم الغير.
إن موقف هذا الأستاذ الجامعي القدير مقزز ومثير للاشمئزاز وغير مقبول.
إن تصرفه بمثابة تحرش معنوي وهو بلاشك مخجل ويخالف كل قواعد السلوك في أي مؤسسة تعليمية، بما بالك إن كانت هذه 

المؤسسة جامعة ال AUB.
Yesterday I experienced appalling discriminative and abusive remarks from my instructor Dr. Samir Khalaf, regarding the scarf i wear around my head, that left me in shock and utter disgust. 

I don’t usually write much on here but I think this issue is of paramount importance and requires me to shed light on it… I apologize in advance for the lengthiness. 

I wear the hijab… As do thousands of women at AUB. In a university that preaches diversity and freedom of expression, in an Arab country with half it’s population being Muslim, you’d think a scarf wrapped around one’s head wouldn’t subject her to verbal attack, certainly not from a professor. 

Unfortunately that is not the case.  

It is only my second semester at AUB so I’m unsure as to whether this behavior is of reoccurrence. 

However, this direct abusive language left me personally in shock. The verbal attack wasn’t unintentional but rather premeditated, as it was preceded by unfriendliness, and was elaborated on and coupled with an attempt to impose personal beliefs and a line of conduct beyond the scope of education. 

To those of you who don’t know Dr. Khalaf, he is a sociologist bully with a Phd from Princeton, that has written a few books about Arab sexuality. It is without a doubt that he holds impressive accreditations & experience. However, along with that he holds disgustingly discremnative views that he has no problem addressing with all audacity. 

It distressed me to find out that this creedist was the chairman of the sociology department for six years. In fact, this led me to wonder whether its best to continue my studies in sociology & anthropology- which is all about understanding and accepting the other- in this university. 

So for those of you wondering what it is he said, this is what happened: 

As I was writing down my notes whilst he was lecturing I missed a word he said, so I asked him politely what the last word he said was- keep in mind that when another person asked him to repeat a paragraph he happily did so- 

He looked at me, eyes filled with anger, and shouted at his loudest: 

“You know why you cant hear me, because you have that STUUPPID SCARF COVERING YOUR EARS… IF YOU REMOVED THAT SCARF YOU WOULD’VE BEEN ABLE TO HEAR ME…As u can see from my discussion, and im very candid, I  dont like people who pronounce who they are, the scarf, the yarmulkes, are objectionable images to me. Why do we have to do that?!”

When i told him that that is HIS personal opinion on MY scarf and he doesn’t have the right to attack me he replied saying ” im not attacking you- after having raised his voice to the roof- ” I am attacking you people in general.” Oh wow thanks, that definitely resolves the issue, as long as you’re not just attacking me but all veiled women then thats acceptable. After having finished the lecture an hour half later he randomly asked me where i had studied all my life, as to analyze me, my ‘stupid scarf’,and barbaric mentality. Then he proceeded to ask about my parents and whether my mother is also scarfed. His attitude was a disgustingly intolerable offensive ethnocentric attitude, it as though he had never seen a hijabi woman in an educational institute before.  

I must say I have never experienced such offensive and appalling behavior. 

This harassment and unreasonable public attack is undoubtedly shameful and exceeds all rules of conduct in any educational institute, never mind  ‘AUB’ – the best university in its region.

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