Pressure mounts on Illinois university after canning Salaita

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The University of Illinois finds itself at the center of a controversy over academic freedom since it rescinded the offer of a faculty position to Steven Salaita apparently because of his criticism of Israel’s assault on Gaza.

More than 15,000 people have signed a MoveOn petition demanding his reinstatement.

And more than 1,500 professors have pledged to boycott the university until it makes good on its offer to Salaita.

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