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This is deeply disturbing. The lobby never sleeps. “Another Professor Punished for anti-Israel views.” Steven Salaita, an English scholar who has done excellent work for us and is the author of Israel’s Dead Soul, a critique of Zionism, has reportedly lost an appointment at the University of Illinois in American Indian studies because of his criticisms of Israel.

From Inside Higher Ed, reported by Scott Jaschik:

Salaita… was to have joined the American Indian studies program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this month. The appointment was made public, and Salaita resigned from his position as associate professor of English at Virginia Tech. But he was recently informed by Chancellor Phyllis Wise that the appointment would not go to the university’s board, and that he did not have a job to come to in Illinois, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation….

Salaita did not respond to numerous calls and emails.

As recently as two weeks ago, Illinois said that Salaita would be teaching there.

The sources familiar with the university’s decision say that concern grew over the tone of his comments on Twitter about Israel’s policies in Gaza. While many academics at Illinois and elsewhere are deeply critical of Israel, Salaita’s tweets have struck some as crossing a line into uncivil behavior.

For instance, there is this tweet: “At this point, if Netanyahu appeared on TV with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children, would anybody be surprised? #Gaza.” Or this one: “By eagerly conflating Jewishness and Israel, Zionists are partly responsible when people say antisemitic shit in response to Israeli terror.” Or this one: “Zionists, take responsibility: if your dream of an ethnocratic Israel is worth the murder of children, just fucking own it already.”

I also went to Salaita’s twitter feed, and want to quote some insightful messages from the last week. Many of them liken the Palestinian experience to Native Americans here. Many touch on the Gaza slaughter:

#Israel is a great example of how colonization impairs ethics and compels people to support shameful deeds in the name of atavistic ideals.

“Hamas” is the biggest red herring in American political discourse since Saddam’s “weapons of mass destruction.”

When will the attack on #Gaza end? What is left for #Israel to prove? Who is left for Israel to kill? This is the logic of genocide.

I just got an email condemning my “slander of holy Israel.” I reckon I can accept “slander,” but “holy” seems a bit out of place.”

#Hamas makes us do it!” This logic isn’t new. American settlers used it frequently in slaughtering and displacing Natives.

Forget biting the hand. #Israel just devoured #Obama‘s arm to the shoulder blade.

Pro Tip: when a majority of a state’s prime ministers were born in another country, that state is a settler colony.

Only #Israel can murder around 300 children in the span of a few weeks and insist that it is the victim.

Jaschik had an email exchange with Cary Nelson, an English professor at the University of Illinois who has spearheaded actions against the academic boycott of Israel, and Nelson applauded what he called the university’s decision.

Cary Nelson

Cary Nelson

“I think the chancellor made the right decision,” he said via email. “I know of no other senior faculty member tweeting such venomous statements — and certainly not in such an obsessively driven way. There are scores of over-the-top Salaita tweets. I also do not know of another search committee that had to confront a case where the subject matter of academic publications overlaps with a loathsome and foul-mouthed presence in social media. I doubt if the search committee felt equipped to deal with the implications for the campus and its students. I’m glad the chancellor did what had to be done.”

Loathsome and foulmouthed presence in social media. How many of us would pass that test in the eyes of our political opponents?

Corey Robin (who alerted us to this shocking story) writes on his blog about the withdrawal of the offer and says that many of our writings would expose us to the same type of blacklisting:

I have no doubt that an easily rattled administrator would find some of my public writings on Israel and Palestine to have crossed a line. If you’re in favor of Salaita being punished, you should be in favor of me being punished. And not just me. On Twitter, many of us—not just on this issue but a variety of issues, and not just on the left, but also on the right—speak in a way that can jar or shock a tender sensibility. We swear, we accuse, we say no, in thunder. That’s the medium. Though I’ve never really thought twice about it, it’s fairly chilling to think that a university official might now be combing through my tweets to see if I had said anything that would warrant me being deemed ineligible for a job. Or worse, since I have tenure, that an administrator might be doing that to any and every potential job candidate.

He points out that Cary Nelson has been given to satirical thrusts of his own:

 a champion of academic freedom but as an especially acerbic—some might even say uncivil—commentator willing to throw a few elbows at his fellow academics. One time, he even compared a fellow English professor to a vampire bat, and proceeded to make fun of his bodily movements and facial gestures. In an academic publication subject to peer review.

Robin urges friends to

 do something for Steven Salaita. Write a note to University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise (best to email her at both [email protected] and [email protected]), urging her to rescind her rescission. As always, be polite, but be firm. Don’t assume this is a done deal; in my experience, it often is not.

One comment on the discourse of the Salaita story. Corey Robin describes Salaita’s views as “anti-Israel.” I agree, they are. And they are completely legitimate views: a human being could come to them after reflection and study. We are seeing a deep polarization in our discourse that reflects the polarization in Israel and Palestine, where one side approves by 95-5 the pulverization of a civilian population (and the other side harbors great hatred too). This polarization will only deepen and rankle, so long as US policy remains the same. The center does not hold. This is what happens in an intractable struggle where the political powers are corrupted.

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  1. annie
    annie on August 6, 2014, 12:22 pm

    this is awful. how many university professors are devout zionists? are their jobs threatened? one side here is committing genocide, and being punished for speaking the truth. no wonder the american studies assoc voted in support of palestine. (or whatever the definition of their vote was)

    here is a petition demanding his reinstatement
    https://www.change.org/petitions/phyllis-m-wise-we-demand-corrective-action-on-the-scandalous-firing-of-palestinian-american-professor-dr-steven-salaita

    We demand corrective action on the scandalous firing of Palestinian-American professor, Dr. Steven Salaita

    • ezra greenberg
      ezra greenberg on August 6, 2014, 11:43 pm

      excellent news. Steven Salaita certainly had the right to express his views, and the University certainly had the right not to hire him, for any reason, or no reason at all. So what is the problem? This certainly is not a First Amendment issue, there was no governmental action involved. And this was not about academic freedom. So this is all a tempest in a teapot. Maybe he can get another teaching gig at Gaza U or Jihad University or something. No great loss.

      • marc b.
        marc b. on August 8, 2014, 12:00 pm

        the University certainly had the right not to hire him, for any reason, or no reason at all.

        I’d be surprised if that were the case. I presume that the university has a written hiring policy, as do all large institutions, public and private, and presume that the policy does not grant the chancellor unfettered, personal authority to make hiring decisions without some set of criteria to consider, criteria that were apparently considered when first reviewing his application favorably.

        This certainly is not a First Amendment issue, there was no governmental action involved.

        are you sure about that? I thought that U Illinois is a public university.

        Maybe he can get another teaching gig at Gaza U or Jihad University or something..

        yeah. ha ha. ha. maybe you could get a job writing material for Pamela Geller or Caroline Glick.

  2. Krauss
    Krauss on August 6, 2014, 12:25 pm

    This just confirms what everybody already knew:

    In establisment “liberal” circles attacking white nationalists is a cause for promotion. Attacking Jewish nationalists is a cause for demotion.

    How about we attack all ethno-nationalists equally? #shockingthought

    • Krauss
      Krauss on August 6, 2014, 1:16 pm

      Oh, and speaking about a backlash. Now Hollywood is tightening the noose around the necks of those who spoke out:

      http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/stars-face-hollywood-backlash-war-723613

    • bilal a
      bilal a on August 6, 2014, 7:44 pm

      does attacking all ethno nationalists equally apply to the NAACP and La Raza (The Race) ? No of course not, nor to the ADL / JDL.

      Now you begin to understand the logic and purpose of identity politics, and even anti-zionist zionists.

    • jayn0t
      jayn0t on August 7, 2014, 1:49 am

      Krauss – not all ethno-nationalists are equal. If there are any Serbian nationalists in the USA, they are pretty harmless. What about the power of white nationalists in comparison to Jewish ones? I leave the answer to you.

  3. edwards
    edwards on August 6, 2014, 12:27 pm

    Facebook and Twitter are clearly akin to Mao’s “Let 100 flowers bloom” idea for outing the dissidents. Next there will be mandatory retractions and then off to be re-educated! If you’re lucky. Perhaps in 20 years we will get to be where China is now…

  4. lysias
    lysias on August 6, 2014, 12:28 pm

    Salaita resigned from his position as associate professor of English at Virginia Tech.

    I think that means he gave up a tenured job, on the strength of a (published) promise from the University of Illinois..

    I suspect he has a legal case against the University of Illinois.

  5. hophmi
    hophmi on August 6, 2014, 12:35 pm

    As Nelson made clear, it is not Salaita’s views that are the problem. It is his nasty social media persona. The academy is full of tenured pro-Palestinian professors who have no trouble expressing pro-Palestinian viewpoints and getting tenure; in fact, there are far more of them than there are tenured pro-Israel faculty in academia. Salaita’s problem is the same as Norman Finkelstein’s. He’s regularly nasty to others in public, and universities do not just give jobs to people who are uncollegial and uncivil. But Rashid Khalidi, Joel Beinin, David Palumbo-Liu, Charles Smith, Mark LeVine, Joshua Schreier, and Corey Robin himself, just to name a very few, are all examples of professors who have full job security and are free to express anti-Israel viewpoints regularly. So the notion that it’s Salaita’s views that are the problems, rather than his incivility and nastiness, is nonsense. If anything, the situation is exactly the opposite; left-wing, pro-Palestinian departments collude to keep pro-Israel personnel from being hired; at Vassar, pro-Israel professors and students alike are frightened to express themselves because they have been repeatedly intimidated by pro-Palestinian students who do things like tweet out Nazi literature, professors who teach classes on the conflict who sign anti-Israel letters and then create an atmosphere of intimidation in classes where students who disagree with their politics are berated. Norman Finkelstein has admitted as much in interviews.

    • lysias
      lysias on August 6, 2014, 12:41 pm

      I have known plenty of nasty professors who got tenure. At Harvard, no less.

    • just
      just on August 6, 2014, 12:42 pm

      “The academy is full of tenured pro-Palestinian professors who have no trouble expressing pro-Palestinian viewpoints and getting tenure; in fact, there are far more of them than there are tenured pro-Israel faculty in academia.”

      hophmi’s horse-poo: incredibly ripe and fragrant with a “classical twist”! Help yourself!!

      • Mooser
        Mooser on August 6, 2014, 1:46 pm

        “hophmi’s horse-poo: incredibly ripe and fragrant with a “classical twist”! Help yourself!!”

        He’s so generous with it, too! Plenty for all! Maybe he’s trying to convince us that with so much horse-poo being handed out, there must be a pony in there!

        But you gotta hand it to him, the way Hophmi came back waving the light-blue bloody shirt of Zionism, deciding to simply not acknowledge Protective Edge, even defeats Yiddish! It’s beyond chutzpah.

      • hophmi
        hophmi on August 6, 2014, 1:51 pm

        Please indicate your evidence that in the field of Middle East Studies, that there are more pro-Israel professors than there are pro-Palestinian ones, with tenure. I think you know I’m right.

        If you don’t have evidence, go back to the barn and continue playing with Mooser and the other dirty animals.

      • just
        just on August 6, 2014, 2:41 pm

        I never cheat, nor do I give some lazy person my homework…

        moo, quack, neigh, snort,

        and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gROO7xSTxfY

        thanks very much.

        Perhaps in the “field” of ME studies, some confabulators fear to tread…zionists are, after all, late to the game.

      • hophmi
        hophmi on August 6, 2014, 3:03 pm

        Thanks for the response, just. I especially enjoyed the video of yourself that you included.

      • just
        just on August 6, 2014, 4:15 pm

        It’s one of my best, and you’re so welcome.

        Here’s another:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoEU1L2kueo

        enjoy!

      • Mooser
        Mooser on August 6, 2014, 9:13 pm

        “moo, quack, neigh, snort,”

        That Hophmi! He sure knows he’s a different breed from the “dirty animals” here. He’s an unblemished Red Heifer!

      • marc b.
        marc b. on August 6, 2014, 2:42 pm

        that’s called projection, troll. the dishonest accusing others of dishonesty.

        As Nelson made clear, it is not Salaita’s views that are the problem.

        Nelson didn’t ‘clarify’ anything. There is nothing in his posted commentary that indicates he personally petitioned the chancellor to block the hire, or what he said if he did, or that the chancellor or any other person involved reported to him in detail the basis for the chancellor’s decision. In fact, his commentary is purely speculative. (“I doubt if the search committee felt equipped . . .”)

        It is his nasty social media persona.

        Again, Nelson does not have any special insight into the basis for the decision, at least as appears from his commentary. Frankly if faculty hires are to be based on personality, the least the chancellor could do is have a personality test administered as part of the hiring process so there is a veneer of objectivity when sorting the good from the bad.

        The academy is full of tenured pro-Palestinian professors who have no trouble expressing pro-Palestinian viewpoints and getting tenure; in fact, there are far more of them than there are tenured pro-Israel faculty in academia.

        Another bald statement from the king of bald with absolutely no supporting data, if such data even exists.

        Salaita’s problem is the same as Norman Finkelstein’s. He’s regularly nasty to others in public, and universities do not just give jobs to people who are uncollegial and uncivil.

        Again, I was completely unaware and see no evidence that such qualities are important considerations in college hiring practices, or when considering granting tenure. Contrary to your implied horseshit explanation, Dershowitz, for example, advocated against offering tenure to Finkelstein on account of Finkelstein’s alleged misquotation and mischaracterization of Dershowitz’s own scholarship (not his bad manners). The department vote for tenure included the following reference: “while not all members of the department share a love of polemic and inflammatory rhetoric as practiced by Norman and his adversaries, there is clearly a substantial and serious record of scholarly production and achievement.” So, surprise, Finkelstein’s academic achievement was considered more significant than his prickly personality.

        But Rashid Khalidi, Joel Beinin, David Palumbo-Liu, Charles Smith, Mark LeVine, Joshua Schreier, and Corey Robin himself, just to name a very few . . .

        Yes, just to name a very few. More accurately, just to name 7 of the thousands of tenured college professors in the US.

        So the notion that it’s Salaita’s views that are the problems, rather than his incivility and nastiness, is nonsense.

        Right. Except that even Nelson has objected to the application of that standard in the past. If you had read the full linked article, you would have seen that he wrote that “claims about collegiality are being used to stifle campus debate, to punish faculty, and to silence the free exchange of opinion by the imposition of corporate-style conformity.” And, again, you don’t know the chancellor’s rationale for denying the board the opportunity to vote on the hiring of Salaita, you’ve just invented one that suits your agenda and blather on as if it’s fact.

        If anything, the situation is exactly the opposite; left-wing, pro-Palestinian departments collude to keep pro-Israel personnel from being hired;

        Perhaps one example of pro-Palestinian collusion that resulted in the denial of the hiring of pro-Israel personnel? No? not one link?

      • Don
        Don on August 6, 2014, 3:07 pm

        Hophmi, you are a wonder.

        You made the argument, WITHOUT EVIDENCE, that “…there are far more of them (Pro Palestinian Professors) than there are tenured pro-Israel faculty in academia.”

        And then you challenge someone else to provide evidence that you are incorrect!?!

      • tree
        tree on August 6, 2014, 3:53 pm

        Please indicate your evidence that in the field of Middle East Studies, that there are more pro-Israel professors than there are pro-Palestinian ones, with tenure.

        Everyone please note how hophmi operates because this is a classic example. He makes a blanket statement:

        The academy is full of tenured pro-Palestinian professors who have no trouble expressing pro-Palestinian viewpoints and getting tenure; in fact, there are far more of them than there are tenured pro-Israel faculty in academia.

        unsupported, of course, and refers to ALL of academia. When someone challenges him on this he brazenly moves the goal post and demands that someone else prove that in Middle East Studies there are more pro-Israeli professors than otherwise. Not only is he trying to put the burden on someone else to disprove his unsupported statement, but he has the gall to subtly change the subject to one small subset of academia, Middle Eastern Studies, hoping no one will notice his subterfuge.

        (And of course he also posted unsupported and hateful allegations against pro-Palestinian professors and students at Vassar.)

        Cary Nelson, BTW, whom Phil and hophmi quote in opposition to Salaita, is NOT a Middle Eastern Studies professor. He is a professor of English. Salaita isn’t a Middle Eastern Studies professor either. He was an associate professor of English an and then at Illinois was to be an associate professor in American Indian studies.

      • tree
        tree on August 6, 2014, 4:23 pm

        Electronic Intifada has more on the Cary Nelson angle to this story:

        Nelson acknowledged, however, that he has been closely monitoring Salaita’s Twitter account for months. “There are scores of tweets. I have screen captures,” he said. “The total effect seems to me to cross a line.”

        Salaita has “always tweeted in a very volatile and aggressive way,” Nelson asserted, but “recently he’s begun to be much more aggressive.”

        Another example Nelson gave was an 8 July tweet by Salaita, at the beginning of Israel’s current massacre in Gaza, stating, “If you’re defending #Israel right now you’re an awful human being.”

        Nelson claimed that this might mean that students in one of Salaita’s classes who “defended Israel” could face a hostile environment.

        But Nelson acknowledged that he knew of no complaints about Salaita’s teaching and that Salaita was not even scheduled to teach classes on Palestine and the Israelis.
        ….

        When asked if he would oppose the hiring of a person who said that “someone who defends Hamas firing rockets towards Tel Aviv is an awful person,” Nelson answered: “No.”

        http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/university-illinois-fires-professor-steven-salaita-after-gaza-massacre-tweets

      • hophmi
        hophmi on August 6, 2014, 4:24 pm

        Unsupported? It’s like saying the sky is blue. Khalidi, LeVine, Schreier, Boyle (at U of I), Beinin, Cole. All are tenured profs in Middle East studies. All are outspoken pro-Palestinian activists. Go outside the field. 39 professors at Vassar signed a pro-Palestinian letter. This is one of those times that I don’t understand why you bother denying this. It is routine for professors to express pro-Palestinian viewpoints, tenured and untenured. You feature them here all the time.

        Salaita’s work compares the American-Indian and Palestinian experiences. He’s not Middle East Studies, but his work touches upon the field.

        What unsupported allegations have I made against Vassar? The SJP twitter account at Vassar tweeted out a Nazi cartoon at the end of the semester. It got itself suspended for that. Jewish students have reported to me, personally, that they feel intimidated on campus and that they are afraid to express their views. I also know Vassar parents whose children have confirmed this. Phil himself has written about how pro-Israel Vassar students were shouted down at an all-campus meeting.

        Several students have reported on Joshua Schreier’s closed-mindedness in his Israel-Palestine conflict class:

        “Schreier is extremely intelligent and just as closed-minded. Ostensibly, he allows you to hold any opinion, but rest assured if you don’t hold HIS opinions your grade will suffer. Schreier is vehement in his views and has no qualms about attacking students who attempt to bring their own to the table. ”

        “For many students, he provides just the spark of enthusiasm they are looking for on the fiery subject of the Middle East. But I quickly grew tired of the monochrome class discussions. Once, mid-semester I attempted to play the “devil’s advocate” a bit, and he viciously attacked me in front of the class. I didn’t attempt that again.”

        “The best thing that I can say about Schreier is that I may be the only person at Vassar that didn’t like him as a professor. He is a very engaging and energetic lecturer, but he presents his views as historical fact. There isn’t much room for disagreement or discussion.”

        http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=354511

      • tree
        tree on August 6, 2014, 5:13 pm

        Hophmi, you claimed that there are more pro-Palestinian professors in academia( not just in Middle Eastern Studies, but in all academia) than there are pro-Israeli ones. Citing 6 or 7 names of professors over and over again does not in any way shape or form prove your point, unless you are under some grand illusion that all of academia consists of 12 to 13 professors nationwide. You made an unsupported allegation and then had the audacity to demand other people prove you wrong rather than admit you have no proof of your point.

        39 professors at Vassar signed a pro-Palestinian letter

        There are 290 faculty members at Vassar. 39 out of 290. Do the math. Again, this doesn’t even prove your point as regards to Vassar.

        As to complaints from pro-Israeli students, while their feelings may be accurate expressions, the fact of actual intimidation is not proven. As many of us here know, there are examples of students who simply get their feelings hurt because someone disagrees with them.

        Jane Eisner saw graffiti on a sidewalk that said “Stop Funding Israel” and compared it to being in Nazi Germany in 1934.

        A woman on a Jetblue plane repeatedly berated a fellow passenger and when she got bumped off the plane she thought it was because she was Jewish.

        A supposed attack on a synagogue in Paris was actually a street fight instigated by the JDL.

        My own first experience with dealing with someone who thought she was being threatened because she was Jewish was online 15 years ago, when I corrected a misunderstanding she had about why Israel wasn’t identified on a Verizon world map. On the Verizon map of countries that enabled their text messaging system at the time, Israel wasn’t labeled by name because they only labeled those countries that had Verizon text messaging ability and Israel didn’t. When I corrected her and pointed out all the other countries that were likewise unlabeled because of lack of text message capability, suddenly I was making a horrible and hateful anti-semitic remark that left her feeling threatened, even though I made no mention of her ethnicity or religion, and was at the time under the wrong impression that she was a Christian Zionist, rather than Jewish. Feelings are not proof of actual intimidation, and one comment from a ratemyprofessors site does not prove anything. Being confronted with viewpoints other than your own is a basic premise of higher education.

        From your earlier comment:

        So the notion that it’s Salaita’s views that are the problems, rather than his incivility and nastiness, is nonsense.

        No, as I showed above, it is exactly Salaita’s views that are the problem for Cary Nelson, by his own admission. To repeat the salient part:

        Another example Nelson gave was an 8 July tweet by Salaita, at the beginning of Israel’s current massacre in Gaza, stating, “If you’re defending #Israel right now you’re an awful human being.”

        Nelson used that tweet as one reason to oppose Salaita’s hiring. However:

        When asked if he would oppose the hiring of a person who said that “someone who defends Hamas firing rockets towards Tel Aviv is an awful person,” Nelson answered: “No.”

        Its not the form of the tweets Nelson objects to, its Salaita’s views he finds objectionable.

      • hophmi
        hophmi on August 6, 2014, 5:56 pm

        “There are 290 faculty members at Vassar. 39 out of 290. Do the math. Again, this doesn’t even prove your point as regards to Vassar.”

        All of the ones who signed were tenured. Not a single professor submitted anything in defense of Israel to the paper. I know for a fact that there are professors at Vassar who are not supportive of the BDS movement who are afraid to speak out in favor of Israel. And again, Norman Finkelstein said not too long ago that it’s become taboo to support Israel on campus.

      • Mooser
        Mooser on August 6, 2014, 8:15 pm

        And good ol’ Hophmi called us all “dirty animals” into the bargain.

      • Mooser
        Mooser on August 6, 2014, 8:21 pm

        “I know for a fact that there are professors at Vassar who are not supportive of the BDS movement who are afraid to speak out in favor of Israel.”

        Yup, those Vassar girls are terrifying truncheon-wielding harridans of liberalism! But before we get there, let’s start with “I know for a fact…” Why on earth, Hophmi, would anybody even consider an unsupported “fact” from you?

      • tree
        tree on August 7, 2014, 6:24 am

        Hophmi, as usual you are being dishonest about this on many levels.

        All of the ones who signed were tenured.

        That is incorrect. Of the 39 signatures, out of somewhere around 300 faculty members at Vassar (I’ve seen a 290 number, but also saw a number of 331 Vassar faculty members), 12 of them were full professors and 15 were associate professors (tenured), 9 were assistant professors (tenured-track but not yet tenured), one was an adjunct associate professor (untenured), one was a lecturer(untenured) and one was a postdoctorate fellow. It is less than 15 percent of the faculty members there, even if you take the lower number of 290 faculty members at Vassar.

        Not a single professor submitted anything in defense of Israel to the paper.

        This is intellectually dishonest on your part. The open letter from the 39 faculty members printed in the college student newspaper, titled “A statement from members of the Vassar College faculty in response to condemnation of the American Studies Association resolution of December 4, 2013” was a dissent in response to the written condemnation by the Vassar College President and Vassar Dean of Faculty of the ASA call for an academic boycott of Israeli institutions. Since the Dean of Faculty had already issued a written statement condemning the boycott, no other Vassar professor had any pressing need to comment unless, like the 39 signatories, he/she disagreed with the Dean of Faculty’s statement, so to imply that pro-Israel professors were cowed into silence by a small minority of faculty members beggars belief, especially since the Dean of Faculty is in a superior position to all faculty members, where as the 39 signatories are not. Silence in this case merely means acquiescence in the statement co-issued by the College President and Dean of Faculty.

        I know for a fact that there are professors at Vassar who are not supportive of the BDS movement who are afraid to speak out in favor of Israel.

        There are a lot of things that you claim to “know for a fact”. There’s good reason to doubt if you even know what a fact is.

        You claimed its a fact that there are more “pro-Palestinian” professors in academia than there are “pro-Israel”, and have yet to provide any proof of this, you have claimed that all the signers of the Vassar open letter are tenured when they aren’t. You claimed that Cary Nelson’s beef with Salaita has nothing to do with Salaita’s viewpoint, when Nelson himself insisted that a similar tweet about Hamas would not have been grounds for refusing to hire someone, but the same words used to describe Israel, when done by Salaita, ARE grounds for refusing to hire. This is a crystal clear admission that Nelson is not bothered by the language used, but by the viewpoint expressed.

        Pro-Israel advocacy groups have made it a point to urge those opposed to BDS or any criticism of Israel to claim that they feel intimidated and fearful rather than to argue the issue on its merits. Most of this is pure tactic and not a legitimate grievance. Many of us here are aware of that dishonest tactic.

      • tree
        tree on August 7, 2014, 6:46 am

        And as for Schreier, hophmi, I read your “rate my professor” link. 3 negative out of 25 reviews over 7 years. The majority of reviews are overwhelmingly positive, and 2 specifically disagreed with one of the negative comments made in 2009 that you cited. Even in the 3 negative reviews only one of them gave him a “poor” rating, with another giving him an “average’ rating despite the negative comment, and another gave him a “good” rating even with one of the negative comment you cited. Not a very strong case to be made for how “close-minded” you claim he is.

        Other reviews:

        “Everyone, just ignore him.[the negative reviewer] If you have already decided you know everything about the Middle East and, thus, are in no need of a critical relation to your set perspective, do NOT take this class. However, if you want an engaging class that forces you too see evidence and THINK about it, take it.”

        and

        “I disagree with the comment made on 2/23/09. [same negative review] I am in the Middle East class as well, and from what I see in class and at his office hours, Schreier is completely open minded and welcomes all opinions. He only presents the material in an intense way, which may intimidate you at first, but overall I think it shows he’s really into what he teaches.”

        “Really, really energetic lecturer, its easy to pay attention. He does have very strong opinions, but he warns you of them at the start and will allow you to voice dissenting opinion… and then he’ll (politely) explain why he disagrees. I love him and I found him really engaging but be warned there is a decent amount of reading and research paper.”

        “Schreier is easily one of the best history professors at Vassar. His classes are challenging, his lectures engaging, and he is a very nice guy. He doesn’t go easy on you for your ideology – if you believe something, you have to prove WHY you should believe it, and will call you out on your nonsensical views. But isn’t that why we all go to college?”

        BTW, come to find out Vassar doesn’t have a “Middle Eastern Studies” Department. Schreier is in the Jewish Studies department, which is where Israel/Palestine is covered at Vassar.

      • marc b.
        marc b. on August 7, 2014, 8:58 am

        @tree

        Nelson acknowledged, however, that he has been closely monitoring Salaita’s Twitter account for months. “There are scores of tweets. I have screen captures,” he said. “The total effect seems to me to cross a line.”

        So Nelson, a member of the English department, is monitoring scores of ‘tweets’ over the span of months published by a prospective member of the American Indian studies program, the total effect of which is that Nelson has reached the conclusion that Salaita’s tone ‘crossed a line.’ Does Nelson have a tone meter, or some algorithm used to quantify tone, or maybe he’s measured the bumps on Salaita’s head? When and how did Nelson determine that Salaita’s tone had crossed the line from sarcastic to malicious to hostile (and on through other scientific classifications of tone)? When did the tone needle on the tone meter hit red? There’s an objective reason that Americans are suspicious of ‘academics’. It’s not just the anti-intellectual thread that runs through our ideology, although there is some of that. It’s the condescension, the hypocrisy, the intellectual dishonesty of intellectuals. Nelson’s career deserves to be toilet-papered and egged, like cranky neighbors’ homes on Halloween.

      • hophmi
        hophmi on August 7, 2014, 12:09 pm

        “That is incorrect. Of the 39 signatures, out of somewhere around 300 faculty members at Vassar (I’ve seen a 290 number, but also saw a number of 331 Vassar faculty members), 12 of them were full professors and 15 were associate professors (tenured), 9 were assistant professors (tenured-track but not yet tenured), one was an adjunct associate professor (untenured), one was a lecturer(untenured) and one was a postdoctorate fellow. It is less than 15 percent of the faculty members there, even if you take the lower number of 290 faculty members at Vassar.”

        Uh-huh – and which part of this is different from what I said? How many signed a pro-Israel letter?

        “As to complaints from pro-Israeli students, while their feelings may be accurate expressions, the fact of actual intimidation is not proven.”

        I’m not sure what you regard as proof. Phil’s reportage on this issue is plain to see. Disagreement is different from being shouted down. And by the way, the students who were shouted down were shouted down for calling for dialogue, not for expressing support for the Netanyahu government. I believe they were part of the campus J-Street organization. You also may be unaware that the campus SJP was invited to participate in the meeting, and declined specifically because J Street was also participating.

        I’m not exactly sure what you think you’re accomplishing by posting these couple of anecdotes; the one regarding France is hotly disputed, and now that there have been multiple attacks in Jewish neighborhoods, I think the notion that the JDL was responsible for a protest crowd storming a synagogue looks more and more like nonsense with every passing moment.

        Your characterization of Jane Eisner’s piece is not even close. Eisner quoted Deborah Lipstadt, one of the world’s most prominent Holocaust historians, as saying that while what we were seeing was certainly not 1939 Germany, it might be like 1934 Germany, and her basis was the proliferation of Nazi imagery at anti-Israel rallies and the rhetoric from Erdogan that the Israelis were worse than Hitler, and her entire piece was written in the guise of one who had always rejected the equation of anti-Zionism with antisemitism and was now reconsidering her position.

        So basically, all you got, chief, is one woman who went nuts on a plane.

        You make no case that Salaita is being punished for his views. It’s the way he expresses himself that’s the problem. Your citing of a tweet where he mentioned Israel does not make your case. He said supporters of Israel were awful people. Well, guess what, chief; lots of Americans are supporters of Israel, and not all supporters of Israel are supporters of the Gaza War or the Netanyahu government. And I’m not bringing someone to my campus who is incapable of holding a political view without personalizing it and judging those who disagree with him to be awful people. Salaita is more than free to think that Zionists are awful people. He’s not free to have any job he wants, or to escape the consequences of what he says. But there are a lot of Salaitas in the academy, it’s true. There are a lot of people, particularly in critical studies fields, who have a lot of trouble seeing things in any way but their own. Many don’t, and they are just as important as Steve Salaita, just as beloved by students, and they have tenure too. Maybe now, Steve Salaita is sitting somewhere and asking himself whether having being famous in the anti-Israel community as a bad-ass tweeter was worth an appointment at a major university. Maybe he’ll shut out the parade of toddler-like supporters who think speech has no consequences and realize that no one is keeping him from researching Palestinians, American Indians, or anything else, but that his obsessive nastiness on twitter is something he needs to work on. Maybe he’ll also realize that student love does not mean that you taught a great class. It means that you were entertaining, and I can tell you from my college days, students love a guy who rants and raves, because it makes them feel extra-super righteous about themselves.

        I think the ability to disagree about politics and to recognize the common humanity with your political opponent is a measure of a person’s character. Of course, when your worldview is that everyone who disagrees with you is a Nazi or a fascist, then that’s hard to do. And that’s the worldview in much of the radical community, whether it’s Israel, or American domestic politics, or whatever. It’s also the view on much of the right. But it’s bad for everybody.

      • lysias
        lysias on August 7, 2014, 12:12 pm

        If I had a nickel for all the times I’ve heard American academics say or imply that people who support Bush are awful people…

      • tree
        tree on August 8, 2014, 6:07 am

        Uh-huh – and which part of this is different from what I said?

        Wow, are you just playing dumb or are you really that dense? You said, of the 39, “All of the ones who signed were tenured.”. I pointed out that you were wrong, only 27 of them were tenured, and 12 were not. And you can’t tell the difference between “all” and 27 out of 39? I even quoted your false statement at the top of my post, before clarifying who was tenured and who was not. You can’t really be that dumb, can you?

        I’m not exactly sure what you think you’re accomplishing by posting these couple of anecdotes

        You posted anecdotes. Mine were posted in opposition to the ones you posted. Do you think you have some kind of monopoly on posting anecdotes? Or do you think yours are just so much more righteous than anyone else’s? They aren’t.

        Your characterization of Jane Eisner’s piece is not even close.

        Actually, its spot on. Do you honestly think Eisner quoted Lipstadt because she disagreed with her? Here’s Eisner’s first two paragraphs.

        Last Shabbat, as my husband and I were walking home from a long, lovely lunch with friends, I noticed scribbling on the sidewalk. Since the letters were written in white chalk and were upside down from where I stood, it took a moment to decipher their meaning, and another moment to get over the shock.

        This was on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the epicenter of the liberal American shtetl, a place so ubiquitously Jewish that even the smallest grocery store posts Friday night candle-lighting times each week. So to see even this mildly anti-Israel graffiti was a surprise. For the first time since we moved to the neighborhood a couple of years ago, we felt uncomfortable, targeted, as people who care about Israel and as Jews.

        She feels personally “targeted” because someone wrote “Stop Funding Israel”in chalk on the sidewalk. Its deep insane paranoia, triggered by a mild political statement on the sidewalk, that could have as easily been placed there by one of her Jewish neighbors as anyone else. She can’t understand how a country that has targeted hospitals and schools, killed thousands of civilians, totally destroyed ten thousand homes and a vast array of vital civilian infrastructure can be an object of anger and derision? She can’t understand why a country where the Deputy Knesset Speaker has called for concentration camps, extermination and totally destruction of Gaza has been compared to Nazi Germany? Serious denial on her part. That may be her “feeling” but its not a rational one. That is the point I am making in posting these anecdotes.

        You make no case that Salaita is being punished for his views. It’s the way he expresses himself that’s the problem. Your citing of a tweet where he mentioned Israel does not make your case. He said supporters of Israel were awful people. Well, guess what, chief; lots of Americans are supporters of Israel, and not all supporters of Israel are supporters of the Gaza War or the Netanyahu government.

        If you are going to call me “chief”, as if that is some kind of meaningful name for me, at least get my gender right and call me “chieftess”. And again, you seem to have failed to grasp the simple point I was making. Cary Nelson claimed the problem was the tone, not the view, and yet he unequivocally stated that he would not oppose the hiring of someone who tweeted that anyone who defended Hamas was an “awful human being”, but he opposed the hiring of Salaita because Salaita tweeted that anyone defending Israel during the Gaza massacre was an “awful human being”. So calling someone with a different viewpoint than one’s own an “awful human being” was clearly not the problem for Nelson. What was the problem for Nelson was who is being called such a name, i.e. the problem was Salaita’s viewpoint, not his language. You obviously can’t understand that point because its firmly in your interest to be deliberately obtuse when it suits your argument.

        And this is rich:

        And I’m not bringing someone to my campus who is incapable of holding a political view without personalizing it and judging those who disagree with him to be awful people.

        From the guy who called “just” a “dirty animal” for daring to question one of your pronouncements for which you have yet to provide proof. So much more genteel and collegial to call someone a “dirty animal” than an “awful human being”. Your cluelessness about your own hypocrisy is amusing.

        I think the ability to disagree about politics and to recognize the common humanity with your political opponent is a measure of a person’s character. Of course, when your worldview is that everyone who disagrees with you is a Nazi or a fascist, then that’s hard to do.

        Your second sentence there describes your own failings. If your own character really bothers you why not work on it? Luckily for you , you won’t lose your job just because you can’t be civil in an online discussion, but if you really believe your first sentence, then you must be worried about your own character.

      • bilal a
        bilal a on August 6, 2014, 7:51 pm

        There are Israeli IDF intelligence officers running Islamic studies departments. No kidding.

        “Barak Mendelsohn is Associate Professor of Political Science and Program COORDINATOR for Middle Eastern and ISLAMIC Studies at Haverford College. He is the author of Combating Jihadism: American Hegemony and Interstate Cooperation in the War on Terrorism .. Five years of military service, mostly as an analyst of international affairs and strategy. Last position – head of a branch. In addition, a stint as an instructor in the cadet course for prospective intelligence analysts. In my last position I served as a head of a branch.

        Like choosing a Hamas branch commander , an expert on Israeli colonialism, to run Jewish Studies at Brandeis.

      • Mooser
        Mooser on August 6, 2014, 8:10 pm

        Mooser and the other dirty animals.

        How dare you! This is unconscionable! I split the hoof (I even have split ends on my antlers) and I chew the cud, so don’t you dare….. Oy Gottenyu I eat meat, don’t I? That makes me a carnivore, and that means I’m trefe. Oh well, I guess that just puts me in with all those other “dirty animals” (the goyim). I guess I can live with that, if the moderators can.

      • just
        just on August 6, 2014, 8:23 pm

        OK, everybody in the barnyard. Remember:

      • adele
        adele on August 7, 2014, 9:34 am

        Please indicate your evidence that in the field of Middle East Studies, that there are more pro-Israel professors than there are pro-Palestinian ones, with tenure. I think you know I’m right.

        —> But Hoppo, I thought the poll results you cited in another post proved that the majority of “educated” people support Israel? I’m confused now, Hoppo, which is it?

        If you don’t have evidence, go back to the barn and continue playing with Mooser and the other dirty animals.

        —> Ahhhhhhh evidence! Funny you should ask. So let me get this straight Hoppo: you make an unsubstantiated statement that is not backed up by any data whatsoever (sample selection of faculty by school/relevant depts, analysis of books written by faculty, etc) and then you have the audacity to turn around and demand evidence that we disprove your unsubstantiated statement? Right. Well, my mamma didn’t make me yesterday, and she also told me not play with dumdums.

    • chris_k
      chris_k on August 6, 2014, 12:57 pm

      I missed it when Nelson complained about the social media persona of a pro-Israel professor.

      • hophmi
        hophmi on August 6, 2014, 4:24 pm

        Simply name a pro-Israel professor who applied for and was given a job in Middle East Studies who tweets similarly.

      • Mooser
        Mooser on August 6, 2014, 8:12 pm

        “Simply name a pro-Israel professor who applied for and was given a job in Middle East Studies who tweets similarly.”

        You mean like calling people “dirty animals”? That kind tweet?

      • jewishgoyim
        jewishgoyim on August 6, 2014, 8:18 pm

        Stop letting hopmi run the debate around here. Let’s BDS hopmi!
        BDS hopmi! Don’t reply to him!!!

    • Carioca
      Carioca on August 6, 2014, 2:29 pm

      Nonsense. I can absolutely assure you that if Salaita had been “nasty” and “uncivil” in defending Israel against its critics, he’d be totally supported and there’d be no withdrawal of the job offer whatsoever. This is about the CONTENT of his tweets — the “uncivil” bullshit is just something to hide behind. It’s perfectly ok to be “uncivil” in defending Israel, not Palestine.

    • traintosiberia
      traintosiberia on August 6, 2014, 8:24 pm

      Should we include those who revolve between government jobs and academics and never fail to use constant anti Arab rhetorics?

  6. just
    just on August 6, 2014, 12:40 pm

    “Office of the Chancellor
    217-333-6290”

  7. chris_k
    chris_k on August 6, 2014, 12:46 pm

    I was waiting for Cary Nelson to show remorse about his position on the boycott. Instead he’s going to fuss about what the proper way is to react to 1600 civilians being massacred and a half million being left homeless by a racially motivated military bankrolled by your own country which has an amendment to the constitution safeguarding free speech.

    Anyone who wants to know why so many German academics cooperated with the Nazis should look no further than how the likes of Cary Nelson are able to intimidate people of conscience, and how the vast majority stands by silent. Nelson is a leader in the sport of pretending you have ethics when you have none.

    Repression and Recovery, Volume Two

    • tree
      tree on August 6, 2014, 4:26 pm

      Nelson is a self-professed Zionist. Hard to reconcile Zionism with ethics and conscience.

  8. Dan Crowther
    Dan Crowther on August 6, 2014, 12:51 pm

    I bet a letter from a coalition of feminists would help this guy………..
    These tweets could have been sent from Blankfort or Atzmon, two guys banned here. Seems everyone is a little pregnant.

    • optimistCitizen
      optimistCitizen on August 6, 2014, 1:49 pm

      @Dan Crowther:
      I have been disappointed ever since I heard about the ban on Palestinian commentators whose narrative goes beyond what the gatekeepers (the good Jews) would like along with others like Gilad Atzmon and Jeffrey Blankfort. Or maybe only “the Jews” have the right to comment on the Jewish hold on the media, finance etc? Zionist apologists can talk endlessly on this forum about how “Liberal Zionists” (sic, a contradiction in terms) need to do damage control because killing too many goyim is bad for Jews but the goyim here can’t be let lose.

      I am assuming that Nahida – Exiled Palestinian is also on the ban list?
      http://uprootedpalestinians.blogspot.com/2011/09/concerning-mondoweiss-racism-and.html

  9. Kay24
    Kay24 on August 6, 2014, 12:52 pm

    This is why media personalities dare not speak against satan, this is why hollywood personalities do not dare say a word about it. They all value their jobs, and will compromise their principles to keep it, and get hired. Shame.

    Intimidation and hostility to get their way is usually the Israeli way of controlling what is said and have their way. Here is a perfect example of intimidating officials to get their way:

    “Foreign airlines: Israeli transport officials made threats over grounded flights
    Ministry denies charge stemming from halted service during Gaza conflict.

    Executives at foreign airlines on Tuesday accused Israeli aviation officials of using threatening and inappropriate language after many carriers briefly suspended flights to Israel last month.” Haaretz

    Who do they think they are, the nazis?

    • lysias
      lysias on August 6, 2014, 12:56 pm

      Executives at foreign airlines on Tuesday accused Israeli aviation officials of using threatening and inappropriate language after many carriers briefly suspended flights to Israel last month.” Haaretz

      I wonder what the threat was.

      • American
        American on August 6, 2014, 1:14 pm

        They are common garden variety thugs…thats what thugs do.

      • ritzl
        ritzl on August 6, 2014, 1:37 pm

        Yeah. Me too, lysias. When it comes to addressing Israel’s interests, there always seems to be some force acting to get others to act against their own interests and fall in line. I’d sure like to know what that force is.

      • Kay24
        Kay24 on August 6, 2014, 1:46 pm

        I am sure these arrogant Israeli officials have plenty of nasty words in their arsenal. They have become experts in threatening, intimidating, and using their zionist slaves around the world to carry those threats too.
        It is as if they dominate the world with violence and threats….maybe they do.

  10. American
    American on August 6, 2014, 1:06 pm

    Catch up America.

    London Times Rejects Elie Wiesel Ad Against Hamas’ Use of Human Shields

    Ad Ran in New York Times, Wall Street Journal
    Read more: http://forward.com/article

  11. optimistCitizen
    optimistCitizen on August 6, 2014, 1:39 pm

    (Edited to un-linkify the email addresses)
    I sent this email to chancellor AT illinois edu and pmischoAT illinois edu:

    I have read a report that that Steven Salaita’s appointment at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been cancelled because of his criticism of Israel’s murderous campaign against the stateless Palestinians living in Gaza. Can you confirm or deny this report? If this is true I am surprised that the Israeli lobby still exercises such power in the academia. In this era news cannot be suppressed and the facts are available to anyone with access to internet; several Israeli lawmakers are now openly calling for genocide against Palestinians (Israeli Rabbi genocide, Calls for genocide enter Israeli mainstream, Yochanan Gordon: when is genocide permitted) and saying that the current campaign of murder of civilians is not enough. Genocide is not a word to be thrown around lightly so I will add a link pointing to the analysis done by the international law expert Prof. Francis Boyle of UIUC: Francis Boyle Israel genocide.

    The latest Israeli campaign of terror has killed more than 1,900 people, a vast majority of them civilians. Israel has killed more civilians than Hamas militants in this round of atrocities. More than 10,000 Palestinians have been injured, thousands of civilian homes bombed and at least 250,000 Palestinians have been asked to flee their homes because Israel has declared the location of their home as a war zone.

    The state of Israel was born out of terrorism (King David Hotel bombing, Irgun Lehi Stern terrorists), ethnic cleansing of 750,000 native Palestinians by Jewish settlers and it is propped up by military occupation which is still supported by $3 billion dollars of American taxpayer money per year. Israel does not allow the native Palestinians to return to their homes but any person of Jewish faith (or any revert to Judaism) is rewarded by Israeli citizenship if they choose to immigrate to Israel. Non-Jewish native people living within the state of Israel (occupied in 1948) as well as the territories occupied in 1967 are second class citizens and have fewer rights than any Jewish settler who decides to immigrate there. Palestinian homes in the Occupied West Bank are routinely demolished to make room for Jewish settlers. This apartheid has been in place since 1948 and the condition of the Palestinians in the recent decades has been described by the anti-apartheid activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “worse than apartheid”. If apartheid was wrong in South Africa, it is wrong in Palestine-Israel.

    The apartheid regime of South Africa was brought down in part by the social, economic and diplomatic boycott of South Africa. UIUC should be on the right side of history by boycotting apartheid instead of silencing the criticism of apartheid and terror.

    Steven Salaita– unremitting in criticism of Zionism and Gaza slaughter– loses a job at University of Illinois
    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/unremitting-slaughter-university.html

  12. mijj
    mijj on August 6, 2014, 1:45 pm

    lose job due to humanity = medal of honor. Tho, of course, you can’t eat honor.

  13. biorabbi
    biorabbi on August 6, 2014, 2:47 pm

    Anti semitism runs rampant sadly in academia and even the arts. But a theater group is fighting back in foggy London town.

    BREAKING:
    Artistic Director of Tricycle Theatre announces new musical to recoup lost donations after cancelling Jewish Film Festival:

  14. Steve Macklevore
    Steve Macklevore on August 6, 2014, 3:11 pm

    hophmi said:

    “…universities do not just give jobs to people who are uncollegial and uncivil.”

    Step forward please, one Professor Alan Dershowitz (aka Frankfarter).

  15. Jim Holstun
    Jim Holstun on August 6, 2014, 3:19 pm

    Just written to Cary Nelson, whom I know. He is quoted as approving the withdrawn job offer.

    Dear Cary,

    “I’m glad the chancellor did what had to be done”? Barthes is right: tautology is the last refuge of a scoundrel. Also interesting to read your references to Steven Salaita’s “loathsome and foul-mouthed presence,” his “venomous” and “obsessively driven” behavior. Sounds a little uncivil to me, Cary, particularly when addressed to a person and a potential colleague–and not to the murder state that you defend so clumsily, from time to time.

    But even so, I wouldn’t recommend your termination, or denial of your academic chair. Indeed, if there were a group empowered Palestinians with the power to reach out and quash a job offer or remove a professor from his job or his chair–I know, I know, stop laughing–I would defend you, even now. You know–there’s that whole academic freedom thing.

    “Salaita’s extremist and uncivil views stand alone.” Or, “Be civil, or I’ll destroy you.” And incidentally: no they don’t. A new low. Your gross hypocrisy has inspired me to write your chancellor.

    Shame on you–it’s not like killing hundreds of babies with artillery shells, but as professorial behavior goes, it’s pretty low.

    civilly,
    Jim

  16. Oscar
    Oscar on August 6, 2014, 3:51 pm

    Perhaps if Professor Salaita had simply followed the same approach as NYU Law Professor Thane Rosenbaum, the university would’ve given him tenure instead of illegally terminating him.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2014/07/23/the-most-vile-op-ed-you-will-read-about-gaza/

  17. Rusty Pipes
    Rusty Pipes on August 6, 2014, 4:16 pm

    Chalk up another example of double standards and settler colonialism. Just to highlight that Broken Treaties aren’t a relic of the past, Champagne-Urbana lures a professor of Native American studies away from a safe academic position with promises of a new job and then dumped him unceremoniously when his comments about another settler colonialist state were too caustic.

    Someone should send a copy of Nelson’s “vampire bat” remarks to the administration and ask whether all faculty will now be censured for tacky public statements.

  18. Edward Q
    Edward Q on August 6, 2014, 5:06 pm

    I sent the chancellor this message:

    Dear Ms. Wise,

    I was dismayed to learn today that Steven Salaita will be denied his job at your university on the basis of his views about zionism. This is another example of the racism and double standards in this country against Palestinians and people who sympathize with them. After the slaughter all of us have recently witnessed in Gaza, apparently it is too much to ask to allow expressions of contempt for Israel on twitter. If your university aspires to be more then a totalitarian thug on this issue, becoming a partner in Israel’s crimes, then it will reverse this decision immediately.

  19. Nurit Baytch
    Nurit Baytch on August 7, 2014, 12:01 am

    Steven Salaita tweeted that he wished for the all West Bank settlers to go missing (in the aftermath of the kidnapping of the 3 Israeli teens):
    https://twitter.com/stevesalaita/status/479805591401922561

    This is not legitimate criticism of Israel, and I regard it as incitement to violence.

  20. jayn0t
    jayn0t on August 7, 2014, 1:49 am

    One of Salaita’s best insights was to have pointed out that, according to its own criteria, the Anti Defamation League is a hate group: http://electronicintifada.net/content/salaita-skewers-liberalism-israels-dead-soul/10071

    However, he has never taken this to its logical conclusion.

  21. bilal a
    bilal a on August 7, 2014, 2:39 am

    not just academia, the entire ‘culture’ is occupied

    Stars Face Hollywood Backlash in War of Words Over Israel
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/stars-face-hollywood-backlash-war-723613

  22. Robert Brooks
    Robert Brooks on August 7, 2014, 11:27 am

    As a former member of the Illliois faculty, I am surprised. In my day there (the 60’s) they ignored senior classic faculty spokesman for the John Birch Scoiety who was certainly looney when he opined outside Greco/Roman history. And I recall the university hosted a speech by the late George Rockwell, then head of the American Nazi party.

  23. RonF
    RonF on September 9, 2014, 12:22 pm

    Thank you for posting the Chancellor’s e-mail addresses. I have sent her the following:

    As an Illinois taxpayer and the father of a young U. of I. alumnus I encourage you to stick by your decision in this case. For one thing, how could a Jewish student, or any student vocal in his support of Israel, have any confidence that he or she would be treated fairly in this man’s class? Secondly, many of his remarks are not expressing political and humanitarian concerns – they are incitements to violence. Finally – where’s the scholarship? What parts of his academic background show the scholarly background to qualify him for this post?

    It’s about time that the University of Illinois – that has to compete in both the legislature and in the mind of the electorate for increasingly scarcer public money – paid more attention to it’s scholarly mission. This is a start.

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