The radical apartheid Zionists (who are increasingly moving towards favoring genocide over apartheid) are not fond of academics who dare to call out their campaign of terror and ethnic cleansing in Gaza and Palestine. A couple of years ago, during another campaign of terror in Gaza, organized and heavily funded Zionist groups tried to have UCSB sociologist William Robinson fired for daring to liken Gaza to the ghettos of fascist Europe–fortunately, he had tenure and his administration EVENTUALLY did the right thing. This time, it was Steven Salaita, a cultural studies guy who does comparative work on the treatment of indigenous groups and was supposed to have a job next week at the University of Illinois. His situation represents the lowest of the low of behavior from organized Zionism and corrupt and callow administrators—including the dirtbag hypocrite fake liberal Carey Nelson (once president of the AAUP—I’m not sure why).
Ironically, Salaita was moving to Illinois because a previous public controversy over his work was met with a lukewarm level of support (if you can call it that) from the administration at Virginia Tech. It’s not like anyone who read this guy’s vita, much less his work, would think he was some kind of an ass-kissing moderate. But, he’s a genuine big-timer and very strong mid-career hire for Illinois. That, at least, is what the American Indian Studies program thought. He would have enabled them to branch out and become more global, and he has the cred in both American indigenous and elsewhere….unfortunately including Palestine. If only he had studied Australia! The AIS department—and Salaita—believed that they had scored his hire last October, and Salaita reportedly has a signed contract that had gone all the way up the administration, past the Dean of the College and the Provost of the University—and that all that was needed was the Board of Trustees rubber stamp. Only, somewhere along the line the Chancellor and one of her goons sat on the contract. Starting in November, I’d estimate that the University of Illinois board met at least six times before August 1, when Salaita was told that the horrible Chancellor never put his contract through and he didn’t have a job. So, for nine months she sat on his contract. Like a good scholar and professional, as soon as Salaita had a contract, he told his department chair and tendered his resignation to Virginia Tech. Salaita was essentially fired two weeks before classes start, and he has no job after having moved his family half way across the country to gods forsaken Champaign, Illinois. I hope he has a good lawyer, and I hope he names that hypocrite bastard Carey Nelson in the suit.
Which brings us to my incivility against Mr. Nelson, the fake hippy. He’s what that wonderful young Katie Halper calls a PEP—Progressive Except on Palestine. It’s a common affliction in some quarters. The supposed defender of academic freedom believes that this backhanded firing, designed to maximize damage against Salaita–was justified because Professor Salaita might harm the children and make their feelings hurt if they have to think about the poor people in Gaza instead of only thinking about the Zionists. First, there is no basis for this claim. Professor Salaita has had tenure for a while, he’s taught for a long time, and I’m pretty sure he does just fine and dandy with the “children.” Second, it is a bit funny that after taking opprobrium at comments suggesting that Zionism contributes to anti-Semitism by equating Judaism with Israel (Nathan Glazer said the same thing, only not in a 140 character twat and he didn’t say “fuck”), Nelson and his sidekick Wise claim that “Jewish” students will be uncomfortable with someone like Salaita. Funny, my research shows that Jews are the most critical of Israel among all religious groups—and the good people at J-Street are probably the best and most consistent voice for peace and justice. Unlike that hypocrite Nelson, most younger Jews are sick of this shit, and they’re ready to learn from someone like Salaita about what has really been going on and how they might stop it.
Of course, let’s just imagine that Nelson’s fantasy is true, and that U of I is just teaming with young Zionists who didn’t get in to Northwestern or Chicago yearning for their political fantasies to be nurtured. Oh, wait. End of fantasy. The fact is that concern about this small minority is rather overblown. Most young Jewish people don’t want to see Israel bombing schools full of children, and Jews now represent a very small minority of our student population. GSS data since 2006 show that about 1.1% of Americans under 30 are Jewish—about .8% of that same group are Muslim. What about those kids? What about our large and growing Muslim population? Should we only have professors who support Zionism and spew the vile racist “life is cheap for Arabs” shit that our dear neo-conservative professors spew in their classes every day? What about our Presbyterian USA students? Their denomination just said that they support the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement because they believe what the Zionists are doing is immoral! That was before the latest round of child-bombing. Basically, they voted as a denomination to say what Salaita said in one of his twats, only in more than 140 characters and without saying “fuck.”
Fuck you Carey Nelson. Fuck you Phylis Wise. I hope you pay dearly for your immoral actions, you pieces of shit.