Professor Loses University Of Illinois Appointment Over Anti-Israel Tweets


university-of-illinoisA professor who was set to begin a position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had his job offer rescinded due to controversial tweets he posted about Israel.

Steven Salaita, a former associate professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, tweeted on Aug. 2, “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.”

“#Israel is rounding up people and murdering them at point-blank range. The word ‘genocide’ is more germane the more news we hear,” he also tweeted.

Inside Higher Ed reported that due to concern over the tweets, Salaita was informed by University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise that his appointment would not be submitted to the school’s board of directors for approval.




  1. I believe that this is a big mistake. Political or general stupidity should not be a factor in job qualifications that have nothing to do with politics or public policy. He was being hired to teach English and should be judged by that alone. However, if someone abuses their teaching position to preach propaganda, they should be disciplined. It is very dangerous and destructive when jobs must be vetted by a political commissar.

  2. Great decision for the university!!!! We don’t need scum professors like that infiltrating our universities! hope nobody hires him!!!

  3. I agree with #1 and #2 as well.
    Idealistically speaking #1 is correct but how dangerous can it be when hate mongering people are free to spew their hatred unchecked. We live in a period of time where A) teachers do imbue their students with their philosophy and get away with it. And B) the times we live in where the antisemitism permeates every place, it needs to be challenged!
    Aryeh, Zelasko, if he said blacks originates from monkeys etc. you would likely agree that his hate could turn into a problem on college campus and he should be done away with!
    Just as you can’t yell ‘FIRE’ in a crowded auditorium for fear of the danger of pandemonium which will ensue, comments such as these are likewise dangerous in our time in history!

  4. These low-life, left-wing, ultra-liberal professors should all be fired for force feeding their hatred of Jews & Israel to their students.

    Political Correctness (PC) is dead!

  5. Why would you want someone in your school who is a contagiously hateful person, especially when he makes up lies to add hate!?


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