University of Illinois fires professor after his virulently anti-Israel tweets


Steven Salaita was fired from his position as associate professor in the American Indian Studies program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) over his venomous Tweets against Israel, especially its current offensive in Gaza, and Jews in general. 

Electronic Intifada  Meanwhile, Cary Nelson, former president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), who has publicly supported the university’s decision to remove Salaita, gave frank comments to The Electronic Intifada revealing the extent of his own pro-Israel views. Nelson acknowledged that he had been monitoring Salaita’s social media use for months.

 This indicates Salaita may be the victim of a retaliation campaign. Salaita is the author of Israel’s Dead Soul and The Uncultured Wars, Arabs, Muslims and the Poverty of Liberal Thought, as well as a contributor to a number of publications including Salonand The Electronic Intifada.


He was a prominent campaigner for the American Studies Association’s decision to boycott Israeli academic institutions last December.

In May, Salaita wrote a post for The Electronic Intifada called “How to practice BDS in academe.” 

Daily Caller The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has continued its bizarre quest to employ as many disgusting scumbags as possible by acquiring the services of Steven Salaita, a leading light in the movement among similarly obscure academics to boycott Israel. Salaita, who has announced that he is moving to the Big 10 bastion in the fall, is a world-class Israel hater on Twitter.

The balding, bespectacled professor recently unleashed this amazing gem blaming “Zionists” — a term that fell out of favor sometime during the Eisenhower administration — for Jew-bashing:

Salaita’s Twitter feed has been a parade of foul-mouthed, Israel-bashing tweets for many moons now, observes William A. Jacobson, the Cornell University law professor who runs Legal Insurrection.

The vitriol has intensified — the way a toddler’s fit over a toy intensifies — since the outbreaks of the latest Gaza conflict.

“This is a sad reflection of what the academic boycott movement actually represents,” Jacobson told The Daily Caller. “Boycotting Israel is about crude demonization and perpetual conflict, not peace and coexistence. Boycotting Israel is just war by other means, even if that means excusing away anti-Semitism.”

On his website, Jacobson adds: “The Gaza conflict has been a clarifying event in many ways, not the least of which is how Twitter has opened a window into the soul of the anti-Israel boycott movement.”


Salaita has managed to turn his anti-Israel screeds into a job promotion. Until the end of this academic year, he was an associate professor of English at taxpayer-funded Virginia Tech, a school known for math and science. This fall, he will join the American Indian Studies Department at the taxpayer-funded University of Illinois.

In a way, the hiring of Salaita is a welcome change for the three-school University of Illinois system, which has boasted not one but two bona fide American terrorists.

The University of Illinois at Chicago, a dismal and endless slab of concrete that is easily one of the ugliest campuses in America, was the well-known professional home of coddled little rich boy turned coddled bumbling Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers for 23 years until his retirement in 2010

The semi-prestigious flagship campus at Urbana–Champaign has employed James Kilgore, an adjunct instructor of global studies and urban planning, a felon and a former member of the infamous Symbionese Liberation Army.

The Symbionese Liberation Army was the notorious terrorist organization that kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. The group also attempted two bank robberies. Kilgore participated in a 1975 bank robbery during which bank customer Myrna Opsahl was murdered.

Before sacking Kilgore after the local press printed an exposé about his radical, murderous youth, University of Illinois officials initially defended him, telling the Chicago Sun-Times he “is a good example of someone who has been rehabilitated” and “is well-respected among students.”