Lebanese university hires professor fired over anti-Israel tweets

Steve Salaita, a professor who lost a job offer from the University of Illinois over dozens of profane, anti-Israel Twitter messages, speaks during a news conference in Champaign Ill. (File photo: AP)

The renowned American University in Beirut (AUB) has reportedly hired the American professor who lost job over tweets denouncing Israel's military strikes in Gaza last year.

“I'm thrilled to announce that I will serve as the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at AUB for the 2015-16 academic year,” Steven Salaita announced on his personal Twitter account.

“I've really missed the classroom. I'll do my very best to honor the legacy of Dr. Said,” the professor added.

Salaita, who is due to start working at AUB in September, accepted a tenured professorship in October 2013 to teach at University of Illinois' American Indian Studies program but it was revoked in August after he posted tweets denouncing Israel's military strikes in Gaza.

After revoking Salaita's appointment, the university found itself in the middle of a nationwide academic boycott.

Shortly after the announcement, Salaita, said: “Since announcing my job I've learned 2 things: 1. love prevails 2. some Zionists get violently mad if a critic of Israel can earn a living.”


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46