“Go missing” isn’t a euphemism. It means disappearing under suspicious circumstances: it can mean kidnapped AND/OR killed. As Salaita wished for all West Bank settlers to “go missing” in the aftermath of the kidnapping (and what later proved to be the murder) of three Israeli teens, it is clear he meant “go missing” like those three Israeli teens. Had he said, “I wish all the West Bank settlers would go back to Israel [proper],” that would be another matter entirely.
Given the context, wording, and the fact that he himself acknowledged he was being “unrefined,” the most reasonable interpretation is that Salaita was wishing for the kidnapping of all West Bank settlers. In fact, as the teens had been missing for a week at the time Salaita wrote his tweet, many already suspected by that time that the teens were likely dead, so an even darker interpretation is possible. Saying “go missing” encompasses both possibilities, and frankly, I think it’s being charitable to characterize the tweet as merely wishing for the kidnapping of Israeli settlers.
Furthermore, Abbas has previously declared that he intended for there to be no Israelis (i.e. Jews) in the West Bank following a peace settlement:
Since Salaita is an “expert” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, surely he knows that dreaming of a Judenrein West Bank is well within acceptable discourse, and thus, one need not be “unrefined” to express such a wish.
I thought Cary Nelson said he hadn’t contacted UIUC about Salaita prior to his de-hiring/firing…? If so, the “go missing” tweet isn’t a retroactive justification if Nelson hadn’t petitioned UIUC to revoke Salaita’s offer in the first place. I simply remarked on the “go missing” tweet on Twitter when I heard about the scandal, at which point Jacobson added it to his blog post (which should indicate there wasn’t some grand conspiracy here). If UIUC revoked Salaita’s offer on the basis of his tweets, why are you assuming they hadn’t seen that tweet? I imagine that if someone had petitioned UIUC to rescind Salaita’s offer on the basis of his tweets, they’d actually review all of his recent tweets and not rely on someone’s screenshots.