Protesters support Steven Salaita

Protesters support Steven Salaita

A group of University of Illinois students, faculty and staff gathered outside the Swanlund Administration Building in Champaign, to protest the withdrawal of Professor Steven Salaita's appointmet to the faculty. 

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BruckJr wrote on August 26, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Oh my goodness, what has happened to this once great institution?

wayward wrote on August 26, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Not really seeing the problem here.  A bunch of people who felt strongly about something gathered to protest, and it doesn't look like the administration or police did anything unreasonable in response.  Seems to me that's how it's supposed to work.

Mike wrote on August 26, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Saying "I disagree with Israel and the way they treat Palestinians" is one thing. In fact, I agree with that. I'd go so far to say that I think Israel is the single largest "terrorist" organization on the planet.

Tweeting that it's okay that Jewish "zionist" teenagers were murdered because of what's going on in Gaza is offensive. We're beyond having a normal discussion now. There are Jewish professors and students and workers on campus as well, and they have "rights" (and feelings!) too. One right is not having to listen to this knucklehead and his offensive rhetoric. Discussion is one thing. What he was tweeting was hardly intelligent discussion.

Salaita didn't get hired because the University doesn't want him to express his opinion. He didn't get hired because he's a jerk. Nothing to see here.

787 wrote on August 26, 2014 at 9:08 pm

A protest to support someone who none of them have ever met?

Please find a real cause to support.  What a joke.

FungibleChairs wrote on August 26, 2014 at 9:08 pm

I am really proud of these University of Illinois students. They are fighting for the very thing that the failed administrators are paid a fortune to ensure—the legacy and reputation of a prestigious Research 1 university. 

The University of Illinois must reinstate Steven Salaita, make up for the huge bumble of a rationalizaiton for his firing, and recommit itself to defending academic freedom and freedom of speech. Otherwise, I hope the donors they are working so hard to appease have deep pockets, because the University will need a lot of money to stay in the education business and compete against its new peers, the marketing-savy, profit-driven online diploma mills, the free MOOCS, and the Minervas of the world. 

What defines an Illinois education? What is freedom of thought, scholarship, and speech worth?  It appears as if the Chancellor and the BOT may have settled on a price, but they still have the opportunity to do the right thing. I hope the donors that may have pressured them to act otherwise, will allow them to save face and restore pride and integrity to the University of Illinois.


Joe American wrote on August 27, 2014 at 8:08 am

Awwww, look at all 30 or so of those cute, overprivileged-yet-undereducated anti-semites and their supporters.  Aren't they just darling?

Civil discourse is one thing.  Hate speech is another.  Now get back to classes, kiddies.

wayward wrote on August 27, 2014 at 10:08 am

Kind of disturbing how carelessly terms like "anti-Semite" and "anti-Semitism" get thrown around.  Do they now only mean "someone who disagrees with Israel's actions?"

Joe American wrote on August 27, 2014 at 11:08 am

Feel disturbed to your hearts content.  That's something you need to deal with and work out.

"Salaita also traffics in anti-Semitism, having tweeted: 'Zionists: transforming 'anti-semitism' from something horrible into something honorable since 1948.' "

wayward wrote on August 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Two minutes before the post you refer to, Salaita tweeted "If it's 'antisemitic' to deplore colonization, land theft, and child murder, then what choice does any person of conscience have? #Gaza"

Corey Robin has some further discussion at .

If you want to see some real anti-Semitism, google "Revilo Oliver."  He was a tenured professor here at UIUC for many years.  It should probably tell you something that Stormfront is hosting a number of his writings.  There's a huge difference between the garbage you see on sites like Stormfront and the protesters who were out earlier this week.  If you can't see that, I'm sorry.

Sid Saltfork wrote on August 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm

It would be interesting to know how international students, and their parents view this mess.  The competition for international, and out-of-state students among the U.S. universities increases every year.  Whether there will be a decline in international enrollment ( 3 times state student tuition approximately ) only time will tell.  Not all view being anti-Israel as being anti-semitic across the world.