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U. of Illinois retracts offer to prof over anti-Israel tweets

The University of Illinois rescinds a job offer to an incoming professor who harshly criticized Israel on Twitter.

Steven Salaita, who was offered a job at the Champaign-Urbana campus in the American Indian studies program, will not be hired, according to a report by the website Inside Higher Education.

The move is reportedly made in response to concerns cover series of tweets in which Salaita criticized Israel and supporters of Israel in stark terms.

Salaita’s tweets include, “At this point, if Netanyahu appeared on TV with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children, would anybody be surprised? #Gaza.” Another tweet said, “Ever wonder what would happen if the KKK had F-16s and access to a surplus population of minorities? See #Israel and #Gaza.”

— JTA

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