Prof’s Critical Tweets of Israel Lead to a Hefty Settlement
In October of 2013, the University of Illinois made a job offer to Steven Salaita, a professor of Palenstinian descent. In 2014, the university rescinded that offer after discovering that Salaita had sent some very critical tweets about Israel. The professor subsequently sued the university and the two parties recently reached a settlement. Among other things, the university agreed to pay Salaita $600,000 plus $275,000 in attorneys’ fees. However, the university admitted no wrongdoing. According to press reports, the university has already spent close to $1.5 million in legal fees on this case.