UIUC Correct in Rejecting Salaita

Andrew Katlin and Fisher Katlin

To the Editors:

My son and I came to visit Oberlin on Feb. 16. [My son being] a prospective student, we thought it would give some insight into the school reading the current issue of The Oberlin Review.

In the issue was an “interview” with Steven Salaita. I put interview in quotes, as it more properly should have appeared alongside [Professor of Politics] Jade Schiff ’s Letter to the Editor. Both belonged there, as they were both completely devoid of anything remotely approaching a balanced or even truthful description of why Salaita was ultimately rejected as fit to represent the University of Illinois as a professor.

According to both the interview and the letter, poor Steven’s First Amendment rights were squashed by those seeking to stop “anti-Israel” opinions. But maybe those reading the article, or Jade Schiff, might have drawn a different conclusion had some of Salaita’s tweets been published as well.

Here are just a few of the many that might have been important to include in his interview or maybe even ask him directly about.

“At this point, if Netanyahu appeared on TV with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children, would anybody be surprised?”

“By eagerly conflating Jewishness and Israel, Zionists are partly responsible when people say antisemitic shit in response to Israeli terror.”

“Fuck you, Israel. And while I’m at it, fuck you, too, PA, Sisi, Arab monarchs, Obama, UK, EU, Canada, US Senate, corporate media, and ISIS.”

Clearly the University of Illinois didn’t want this man to represent them as a professor. Now, with a bit more information, Review readers can decide if they feel the same way or not.

–Andrew Katlin and Fisher Katlin