University of Illinois Urged to rehire professor who was critical of Israeli war on Gaza

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Democracy Now reports that as the fall school term begins, an Illinois college campus is embroiled in one of the nation’s biggest academic freedom controversies in recent memory. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has sparked an outcry over its withdrawal of a job offer to a professor critical of the Israeli government. Steven Salaita was due to start work at the university as a tenured professor in the American Indian Studies Program. But after posting a series of tweets harshly critical of this summer’s Israeli assault on Gaza, Salaita was told the offer was withdrawn. The school had come under pressure from anti-free speech donors, students, parents and alumni critical of Salaita’s views, with some threatening to withdraw financial support if he was allowed to start teaching.

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