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University of Illinois trustees voted overwhelmingly on not to reinstate Steven Salaita, whose Twitter postings about Israel caused him to lose a promised faculty job, sparking debate about academic freedom and the use of social media.


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Scooby Snacks (95)
Thursday September 11, 2014, 6:10 pm
Thanks for posting Sam

Freya H (345)
Thursday September 11, 2014, 6:23 pm
Figures. This is not just ridiculous political correctness, this an affirmation of Israel's status as a sacred cow.

Remember just what sort of kine make the tastiest hamburgers!

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday September 11, 2014, 8:35 pm
Salaita, a former tenured professor of English at Virginia Tech, accepted a tenured professorship in October 2013 to teach at University of Illinois' American Indian Studies program but it was revoked in early August after Salaita posted tweets denouncing Israel's military strikes in Gaza.

Many of the Twitter messages were inflammatory and in justifying its decision not to give him a job, the university said they were demeaning and uncivil.

. (0)
Friday September 12, 2014, 12:42 am
(doubleplusUN)well, On Sept. 4, 2013 California adopted H.R. 35, which defines criticism of Israel as anti-Semitic ...

Sam H (410)
Friday September 12, 2014, 8:01 am
Thanks el L for bringing that resolution to our attention. This shows the extent of control Zionists have over our government(s) and life.

That NONBINDING resolution has been condemned by the defenders of free speech from every corner of the country.

But that shouldn't minimize the negative influence Zionists have over our way of life. That influence, if left unchecked, will continue to make a mockery of one of our most cherished values--our freedom of speech.

Zionism and the immoral policies of Israel do not only endanger Palestinians and the Jewish population throughout the world, but the rest of humanity as well.

What could be more wrong than not being able to point out what’s wrong?

Evelyn B (63)
Friday September 12, 2014, 2:32 pm
Just consider the number of university professors that have come close to losing their positions. Salaita is but one among others, there are concerted efforts by the pro-Zionist students' movement to put in complaints against professors who dare to include questioning of the State of Israel ... especially if they are of Arab origin.
e.g. Academic Censorship on Palestine at Columbia College The Case of Hamman Iymen Chehade
Petition : Respect Academic Freedom! Why Is Palestine Taboo @ Columbia - Change.Org
Professor Who Teaches Israel-Palestine Conflict Accuses College of Violating His Academic Freedom
(Chehade was supported by the American Association of University Professors - the decision was revised ... too late for this academic year American Association of University Professors: Findings

A similar case has happened recently in California, I can't find the name of the female professor attacked there

How can one teach Middle East Studies without calling on students to analyse? To question? What service is one doing to the future leaders of the world if one allows only one perspective to be studied?

Salaita showed mis-judgement in the wording he used in tweets - because there is a difference in how one expresses oneself in private & the way one expresses oneself in public .... and Tweets are VERY public! A CNN journalist found herself transferred from Israel to Moscow because she tweeted a comment about Israeli youth who were harassing her ...

Angelika R (143)
Friday September 12, 2014, 2:33 pm
Thx Sam!
President Robert Easter's statement indicates that he would be incapable of fostering a university environment where conflicting opinions could be given equal consideration, regardless of the issue being discussed. !!
I am saddened to see that obviously all petition signatures incl. ours for Salaita's reinstatement were unsuccessful. I gave the petition link earlier in your post with Dr Masri's video Sam.This is the one professor she mentioned there.
I saw eL's link before, thx.

Angelika R (143)
Friday September 12, 2014, 2:41 pm
Thx Evelyn for posting these above again which I am still very familiar with, also knew about the Diana Magney case of CNN.
Sam already expressed it all best. And this stuff needs to stop quickest possible!

Evelyn B (63)
Friday September 12, 2014, 2:58 pm
The difficulty is the line between freedom of speech and the way of saying it in public ... Salaita is a very fine writer, but when one fires off text messages & tweets ... one is less careful about terms used!

Incidentally - there have been a number of posts about the Salaita case:
Salaita Firing Turns Into a 'Catastrophe' for University of Illinois

Is the Firing of Steven Salaita the Beginning of a New Blacklist?

Professor Reportedly Has Job Offer Revoked for Anti-Israel Tweets
Top Legal Scholars Decry 'Chilling' Effect of Dehiring Scholar Salaita
Letter to University Of Illinois Chancellor

"Retaliation by public universities against educators who participate in debate of matters of public concern has long been condemned by the U.S. Supreme Court as an affront to the free speech rights of academics, and even more, as an affront to the very essence of democratic self-rule in a free society. In fact, a great many of the Supreme Court’s free speech cases have involved threats to the free speech rights of educators. These cases establish a fundamental an d unwavering principle: “[S]peech concerning public affairs is more than self-expression; it is the essence of self-government.” The Court has frequently reaffirmed that speech on public issues occupies the “highest rung of the hierarchy of First Amendment values,” and is entitled to special protection."

Angelika R (143)
Friday September 12, 2014, 3:21 pm
To me it reads like some joke when, of all, SCOTUS says something about democratic self-rule in a free society.
Obviously in this particular issue they recognized their duty. Time for them to lift special protection of First Amendment from CU and their other BS since congress won't do it.(sorry off topic)

Kathleen M (208)
Friday September 12, 2014, 3:45 pm
Noted with utter disgust! Thanks for posting, Sam. Sickening!

Carol French (121)
Friday September 12, 2014, 5:39 pm
Anyone can say anything ( animal beatings, torture, child molester,Hilter sympathisers, KKK. They get away with it because we have such a thing as " Freedom of Speech".
So why is this learned man being kicked out !

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 3:42 am
Where it has been freedom of speach?
Noted. Thank you Sam.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 3:51 am
I'm not fond of quoting myself, but this is what I said in a comment on an earlier article Carrie posted on the subject which is pertinent to this post too: "And again it seems more about money than politics or even the rights of individuals. I doubt that Salaita will get his job back. At that level people never reverse their decisions, never. They rather end up with bad publicity and a huge financial loss for the organization they work for than to revoke a decision. Games like these never have a winner, only losers."
In this case the administrators and the board use the new "definition" of anti-Semitism and legislative action in other states to hide behind, trying to create a respectable front for themselves. This is a very bad marriage between what I see happen in the top of universities, colleges and larger companies everywhere, and the same people upholding the right of free speech for themselves but not for others who disagree with them.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 4:24 am
@Ros G. My Dutch newspaper had your story on the front pagelast night and our national news ran the same story. This is a rough translation of the story on the internet:
"43 Israeli reserve soldiers refuse to spy on Palestinians any longer. They've written an open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu and the commanders of the armed forces. Israel's largest newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, published parts of the letter.

The anonymous officers and soldiers are members of Unit 8200, the intelligence service of the army. Their responsibilities include the interception of phone calls, e-mails and faxes. They are therefore of great importance, for example, to the fight in Gaza against Hamas.

No suppervision

"The idea is that there are no moral dilemmas are tied to military espionage and that espionage merely contributes to innocent not being affected," they write in the letter. The latter isn't true according to them. The information obtained through espionage is used to blackmail Palestinians, to recruit them and turn them against each other whether they are guilty or not, the letter writers state.

According to them, it also happens that the information is used in lawsuits against Palestinians without the addition of any police investigation evidence.

Their call
Through these practices, violence only increases, and a solution to the conflict disappears over the horizon, according to the authors of the letter.

They call on their colleagues and former colleagues to protest against these 'injustices' "We believe that Israel's future depends on this."

Prime Minister Netanyahu has not responded. An army spokesman said the 43 were in the position to report their complaints internally. That they did not do, he says.

My newspaper added to the last remark that not reporting their complaints to the army before going public, makes their story very untrustworthy.

For me the fact that they went public and not reported to their superiors - if they in fact haven't done so before - only makes it clear that these soldiers didn't trust their superiors to handle it correctly or even that they feared the consequences.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 4:32 am
read & noted, TY, SAM~~

Janet Hitt (5)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 7:43 am
Big brother is all over social media. I do not support any country in the middle east, especially Israel.

jan b (5)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 8:55 am
I'm not jewish and I'm no SHILL either. I've been posting here for years. Bbut I see many have fallen victims of the arab Palestinians leaders Hamas' propaganda sellers. .
\ HATE jews so here's a list to BOYCOTT---ISRAEL with.
Part One – Technology

Step 1. Remove all Intel Pentium and Celeron computer processor chips from personal computers (desktops, laptops and notebooks) as these were either developed or manufactured in Israel.

Note that the revolutionary new Ivy Bridge processor will be manufactured in Israel. Any computers running the Windows XT operating system must be turned off immediately as this was developed in Israel. All current Microsoft operating systems are not to be used as Microsoft is heavily reliant on its Israel R&D centre.

Step 2. Any computers that still work need to have their anti-virus software and personal firewalls removed as this technology originated in Israel. The organisation’s firewall will also need to be switched off. Staff should no longer open external emails as most of these will be infected with viruses. No outgoing emails can be sent. The algorithm (code) that’s used today for sending e-mails, was made by an Israeli who worked at the Ben-Gurion University in Be’er-Sheva in 1980.

Step 3. Discard all mobile phones, as this technology was developed in Israel, where the first mobile phones were manufactured. Mobile chip technology from a single Israeli company has now been installed in over 100 million devices. Only top-level staff may retain mobile phones for emergency situations. However the use of SMS (Texting) is expressly forbidden as this facility was developed in Israel. No 4G devices can be used, as the chipset is Israeli.

Step 4. Turn off your voice-mail service and delete any recorded messages. Israeli companies invented the voice-mail system. If someone you do not know answers your phone-call, then hang up. Israeli call-centres and call-centre technology is in widespread operation in the UK.

Step 5. Before accepting any printed material, check that the supplier has not used the Israeli device that might have saved up to 50% of the ink used.

Step 6. At home, do not use Facebook as many in-built and add-on applications are Israeli-developed. Do not watch videos on the Internet as the platform used to upload them may be from AOL and hence from an Israeli company. Do not use the Internet to search for answers to your questions as this may involve use of an Israeli-developed search engine. Better to remain unenlightened.

Step 7. On your TV or home entertainment centre, do not use Video On Demand (VOD) to watch movies as you may inadvertently see an advert displayed using Israeli software. Do not purchase any games devices as these are likely to use Israeli technology.

Step 8. Do not read books using an e-book as this may contain Israeli technology. Do not use data storage as it may have been developed at Israel’s storage technology R&D center.

Step 9. Do not buy an electric car as it is likely to be powered with an Israeli battery or use Israeli developed charging mats. Continue to sit in traffic knowing that you are polluting the environment and financing oil-rich despotic regimes.

Part Two – Health

Destroy all personal medication. Israel’s Teva Pharmaceuticals, the largest generic drugs company in the world, will have manufactured many of your medicines. Staff with the following illnesses will need to take specific precautions.

This means you’ll need to dump any and all medication or treatments for Cancer, AIDS and HIV, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Epilepsy, Liver disease, Emphysema, and Myeloma. You shouldn’t undergo surgeries that require a surgical laser, heart stents, or use any method of treatment which utilizes Israeli patented methods. I hope you’re still able to find a hospital that doesn’t use any of those.

You’ll also need to dispose of any catheters, steroid creams and non-steroid alternatives to allergies, dyslexic reading systems, or artificial hearts. Most antibiotics will need to be removed from your cabinet as well.

Reject all products from the USA. Analysis conducted in a typical US state shows that Israeli innovations were responsible for $2.4 billion in direct revenue to that state’s economy in 2009 and generated nearly 6,000 jobs.

Sam H (410)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 9:14 am
Had you been a shill (assuming you’re not as you claimed), you’d have at least adhered to the subject matter of this post.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 9:36 am
Noted with sadness.....thank you for posting.

Sam H (410)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 12:14 pm
This type of censorship that’s being imposed in the US is starting to look like the type of censorship that Israel imposes on its own citizens.

There’s a chilling story posted by our friend LucyKaleido ScopeEyes that deserves your attention.

As you watch this Israeli war crime in real time, don’t you ask yourself how many more such crimes were committed by Israel that the rest of the world didn’t get to see?

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 1:03 pm
Noted. Many thanks for posting, Sam----and also for the link to Lucy's Democracy Now article.
Signed the petition posted by Evelyn, too.

Bruce C D (89)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 1:19 pm
I could not condemn this more strongly or eloquently than does Salaita and his supporters in this rally and press conference recently conducted. Thanks to Evelyn, I came upon this video at Corey Robin's blog, whose accompanying overview and analysis is superb. I urge everyone to watch this video, which lasts about an hour, but is very worthwhile. You get a sense of who Salaita is and what he stands for, and the stakes being fought for. Open-minded persons will not be disappointed.

A Palestinian Exception to the First Amendment

A Palestinian Exception to the First Amendment

Roger G (148)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 1:40 pm
noted, thanks

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 2:05 pm
Note Thanks

fly bird (26)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 2:14 pm
Many are too ready to follow and endorse Netanyahu-Zionist Israel hasbarah. It seems to have more to do with selfish interests than human rights, equality and dignity for all.

Hasbarah Bingo - July 25, 2014

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fly bird (26)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 2:28 pm
URGENT PETITION! We Must Face the Root Cause of this Crisis

Angelika R (143)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 3:43 pm
Does the story of those brave 43 remind anyone other than myself of Ed Snowden????
Lona G said it, i absolutely agree!
("For me the fact that they went public and not reported to their superiors - if they in fact haven't done so before - only makes it clear that these soldiers didn't trust their superiors to handle it correctly or even that they feared the consequences.")

Angelika R (143)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 3:57 pm
G Greenwald also has put out an interesting,very long and detailed article a while ago about the actual level of intelligence sharing between Israel (ALL of their intel services) and the US. That article concluded how every Israeli crime against the Palestinians had US fingerprints. And that referred not just to the weaponry used.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 4:01 pm
Bruce- thx very much for the video link. Bookmarked to watch with full concentration later.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 4:12 pm
Great blog there, read quickly through it, will watch vid later! thx again Bruce!
The US needs to do all in its power-that's the people I'm speaking of- to get rid of that Gestapo(no different!) infiltrating your society.

Bruce C D (89)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 5:08 pm
@jan b.--
Says the person obviously shilling Zionist cut-and-paste propaganda that has nothing to do with this article, and making baseless, slanderous, inflammatory allegations and insinuations against the person submitting it and the people posting comments to it.

In fallaciously mischaracterizing opposition to Zionist injustice, racism, colonization, occupation, dispossession, oppression, persecution, ethnic cleansing, apartheid, and the disproportionate use of force against Palestinians as hatred against a whole people, you are revealing that you possess either an astonishing lack of objectivity on this issue or an inability to think critically for yourself. Perhaps it is some combination of both. If anyone is being influenced by propaganda, it would seem to be you.

Debra G (0)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 8:18 pm
Aside from the fact that his tweets (and most of his -impartial? - reviews of others' books on Israel) were vulgar - which he excuses by saying he was stressed... Could someone tell me why, if all but one of his books were about Arab fiction (he taught English at VA), he was qualified to teach American Indian history? (Oh, right. He equates what happened to American Indians with Palestinians in Israel.) in his "Israel's Dead Soul," he makes a lot of specious arguments. For example, he asserts that Hillel - the Jewish student organization that provides bagels, Shabbat dinners, and Israeli folk dance clubs - is "distinctly responsible for Israel’s violence by proclaiming themselves guardians of the state’s consciousness," - huh? He refuses to call the Israel Defense Force by its proper acronym, referencing it as the IOF (Israel Occupation Force). And he is a vehement proponent in the BDS movement. I don't think it's just an issue of free speech.

Sam H (410)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 8:48 pm
I agree that using IOF to refer to the Israeli army may not be totally accurate if the “O” is meant to allude only to the army’s major function—the occupation.

A more descriptive and accurate characterization would obtain if the “O” stood for Offense/Offensive.

Professor Salaita, however, was a lot gentler than that!

Farah Hage Ali (154)
Sunday September 14, 2014, 1:23 am
This is a lesson to all students on how to defend their freedom of expression and be free spirits
thank you for sharing

Angelika R (143)
Sunday September 14, 2014, 5:03 am
WHO said that IDF or IOF refers to the ARMY alone? Isn't it more accurate to allude these acronyms to the Israeli regime as a whole ?! That is precisely the point I have been trying to discuss and clarify with our friend Abo and his response as a Palestinian confirmed the latter, at least that's my understanding from all his posts.

For as long as I can remember I have ALWAYS seen each and any Palestinian using IOF and NOT IDF, the only thing making any sense at all from their perspective (and not just theirs!), so Prof.Salaita is not alone but speaking as a US born Arab (Palestinian mother, Jordanian father) in the language most natural for him.

M B (62)
Sunday September 14, 2014, 11:56 am
I agree with John Gregoire !

Abo r (107)
Sunday September 14, 2014, 1:18 pm
Yes Angelika, I confirm what you said it is IOF and this term which must be used not IDF as it is not applicable in the case of Palestinians.

Abo r (107)
Sunday September 14, 2014, 1:26 pm
I donot surprize in dismissing this professor as what is called democratic in ME which THe Nazi\ zionest group do not allow free speach and along history there are a lot of examples.... for speach palestinians were sentenced and prizoned at the time of governing all the government organizatins both in West Bank and Gaza and Jerusaem too ... and if employee he is out of the job regardless what position he is in.

Abo r (107)
Sunday September 14, 2014, 1:31 pm
Thank you Sam. for posting , noted
we need a thread and petition for free speach as a right to every one anywhere in planet and to be considered as human right right and issue...
hope I am clear in expressing that.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday September 17, 2014, 3:34 pm
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Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 23, 2014, 7:06 am
How Money Silences Criticism of Israel !! Sept 23 scheduled by ADL as day of action !
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