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July 26, 2017 1:52 pm

Anti-Israel Professor Announces He’s Leaving Academia, Blames ‘Zionists’ for Inability to Find Job

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Steven Salaita. Photo: Facebook.

A professor who gained attention in 2014 for a series of controversial tweets about Jews and Israel has announced that he is leaving academia, and blamed Zionists for his inability to find a job.

Steven Salaita, whose comments on social media during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge led to the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (UIUC) revoking a tenured job offer it had made to him, wrote Saturday on Facebook, “Despite applying to positions on four continents, I was unable to find an academic job, so I no longer count myself among the professoriate. ”

Salaita wrote that he would “die unapologetic” for his tweets, which included a refusal to condemn Hamas and a claim there was a “sexual…Zionist pleasure w/ #Israel’s aggression.”

One tweet posted soon after three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists in June 2014, an act that precipitated the start of Protective Edge, read, “You may be too refined to say it, but I’m not. I wish all the fucking West Bank settlers would go missing.”

“I condemned a brutal ethnocratic state,” wrote Salaita proudly in last week’s announcement.

He added, “Zionists have worked overtime to incriminate me, but they’ve never found anything incriminating — not from a lack of diligence, but because there’s nothing to find but plainspoken disdain for settler colonization.”

In 2014, Liel Leibovitz at Tablet magazine took a deep dive into Salaita’s actual academic work, after defenders of the professor suggested that his views could not be accurately measured on the basis of 140 characters. Leibovitz found Salaita’s writings “[d]evoid of any real understanding, context, or nuance, stupidly dogmatic, and frequently given to hyperbolic fits of hatred.” He concluded that Salaita’s work “should not qualify as scholarship.”

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  • Ita

    Let it be a lesson for all hate mongers. Hashem has a very good memory. How many were killed or injured by his hateful words? “You made your bed and now you will lay (lie) in it.” My grand mother’s favorite saying.

    Our favorite saying “They deserve what they GEOTZ! (remember Bernie)

  • Normando782

    He can become a pig farmer. It might be difficult to distinguish himself from the animals.

  • Zev Sero

    Wrong. His suit was very far from baseless; the college conceded from the beginning that he had a very good claim, because he had been made an offer, on the basis of which he had quit his previous job and moved his family, so he was obviously entitled to compensation. The only question was how much, and the $600K they settled on was less than it would have cost to litigate, and maybe come out with $200K or $300K. He would certainly not have got less than that from a jury.

    He lost, because he didn’t want the money, he wanted the tenured position, and he didn’t get it.

  • sciennceisfun

    Ha! If he happened to see your post, he would never wear that

  • Hatem Bazian makes Salaita look like a piker when it comes to pseudo-academics…

  • herbcaen

    Salaita can get a job in Syria

    • I thought he did get a job in Lebanon?

    • sciennceisfun

      Or BDS Scotland

  • garybkatz

    Didn’t he get a job at American Univ. in Lebanon? What was missing in that perfect marriage?

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  • Lia

    I’m sure there are universities in Gaza (does Hamas have a uni?), Qatar, Iran and so on, that would gladly have him. Or does he not want to go to those countries?

    • sciennceisfun

      Good idea. Maybe he could teach a real subject like math or science so the Pallie kids could excel in something besides rock throwing and stabbings.

  • Abelardy

    Good riddance to bad rubbish!

  • Doodad2

    ha ha ha. Enjoy working at the Kwiki Mart.

  • Sword of Honor

    As a mashal says, “…fools despise wisdom and instruction.” He sinks himself below the waterline by bad navigation – and blames the rocks.