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Another professor in tweet controversy


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has apparently revoked a job offer to a professor who went to Twitter to criticize Israel over the bombardment of Gaza.

The incident is reminiscent of the controversy last year when Kansas University professor David Guth wrote tweets critical of the NRA after a mass shooting.

Guth is still employed at KU, but criticism of his tweets led to a state policy in Kansas that allows the chief executive of a public university to terminate professors who use social media in a way that is contrary to the best interests of the school.

In the Illinois controversy, Steven Salaita, a former Virginia Tech English professor, wrote numerous tweets critical of Israel.

Here is one of the tweets: "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."

Salaita had been notified of the job offer from Illinois last year, but recently the offer was rescinded after the tweets appeared.

Here is a link to a story on the controversy in The Roanoke (Virginia) Times. link text


Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

I agree with the professor - Netanyahu should be on trial as we speak and the USA government should get out of the business of selling weapons .

Richard Aronoff 3 years, 10 months ago

Here is why John Kerry should stay at home and let Israel do what needs to be done....

From the unabridged Hamas Charter (1988) "Article Thirteen: Peaceful Solutions, [Peace] Initiatives and International Conferences: [Peace] initiatives, the so-called peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement."

Leslie Swearingen 3 years, 10 months ago

You know the charter could mean that the Israelis see a peaceful solution to the Palestinian problem, hateful phrase, as being everlasting servitude of those people.

It would not be amiss to say this problem goes back to the Zionist movement.

" In 1897 Herzl convened the first Zionist Congress at Basel, Switz., which drew up the Basel program of the movement, stating that “Zionism strives to create for the Jewish people a home in Palestine secured by public law.”"


The British were in control of this area until the Irgun Zvai Leumi initiated their war of independence and Israel was formed and recognized by the United Nations as a country. Everything that is happening today is an extension of all that has gone before.


Richard Aronoff 3 years, 10 months ago

PUBLIC LAW......not religious law. If Hamas wants Israel to stop doing what it is doing all it needs to do is stop launching rockets and digging tunnels. Your comment is a perfect example of what Abraham Lincoln meant about remaining silent.

Leslie Swearingen 3 years, 10 months ago

Richard, my comment is one of an informed citizen. When Began and his friends bombed the British hotel and killed civilians in the war for independence, were they terrorists or patriots?

Bob Forer 3 years, 10 months ago

They were doing their best to simply survive, Leslie, as most "good Christians" watched in silent indifference as six million Jews were slaughterdd in the Holocaust.

Bob Forer 3 years, 10 months ago

Leslie, get your facts straight. There was a intervening event that you might have heard of. The Holocaust. Did you expect to Jews who survived the murder of six million of their bretheren return to their home countries, that, at the very best, watched in indifference as countless Jews were murdered?

Leslie Swearingen 3 years, 10 months ago

Mark, thank you so much for your question. Could you tell me if this is a credible source? It brings up a lot more questions.

"The Liberty was an intelligence ship. Its purpose was to monitor Soviet and Arab communications in order to warn both Israel and Washington should the Soviets enter the war on behalf of its Arab allies. The Liberty was armed only with four machine guns to repel boarders. Its request for a destroyer escort had been denied."



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