In a Counterpunch article,Â Crisis at the University of Illinois: Bombs in Gaza Wound Academic Freedom in Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign history and sociologyÂ Professor Behrooz Ghamari Tabrizi cites the initial statement in defence of Professor Steven Salaita that was released by the Illinois AAUP Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. He also cites the significant national AAUP statement that raised concerns about the academic freedom violations attendant to this dismissal.
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Alas, this is not the case these days. From a piece inÂ HaaretzÂ to an editorial inÂ Inside Higher EducationÂ , from the IllinoisÂ AAUPÂ committee to a whole host of bloggers from across theÂ country, academics have denounced the Chancellor ofÂ University of Illinoisâ€™ decision to rescind the hiring of the Professor Steven Salaita for his incendiary tweets against the Israeli attacks on civilians in Gaza. Chancellor Wise has reportedly informed Prof. Salaita that the university has voided a job offer that was extended to him earlier this past year. The news came nearly 10 months after Professor Salaita had signed an offer letter, at a time when he had already resigned from his position as an Associate Professor of English at Virginia Tech with the understanding that he was to move to Urbana-Champaign with his family. His courses were already enrolled and he was to begin teaching with a few weeks…
More than 16,000 people have already signed a Petition asking Chancellor Wise to reconsider her decision and to reinstate Prof. Salaitaâ€™s appointment. In a strong statement, the American Association of University Professors argued on behalf of Steven Salaita that his and the faculty of the University of Illinoisâ€™ academic freedom has been violated. More than 3,000 scholars have so far boycotted the University of Illinois, cancelling lectures, refusing to write letters of recommendation or participate in peer review.