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July 24, 2017

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Alexander Tsesis

Salaita's inability to find an academic institution willing to take him onto its faculty, with so evident a record of antisemitic tweets, vindicates the University of Illinois's decision not to tender him a job offer in the first place. No decent institution of learning should give a person with a history of such antisemitic depredations a platform for expressing his views.

Salaita's propinquity to blame Jews for the hatred of others came through both in tweets he wrote while awaiting a letter of appointment from the University of Illinois. His memorable lines like: "Zionists: transforming ‘anti-Semitism’ from something horrible into something honorable since 1948" and "By eagerly conflating Jewishness and Israel, Zionists are partly responsible when people say anti-Semitic shit in response to Israeli terror", Salaita justified antisemitism, which is his First Amendment right but certainly reason to deny him academic appointment.

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