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The University of Illinois Board of Trustees Votes against Reinstating Professor Salaita

[Professor Steven Salaita during a press conference on the termination of his employment. Image provided by author.]

BREAKING: The University of Illinois Board of Trustees met today to vote on whether or not to reinstate Professor Steven Salaita to his position with the American Indian Studies department at UIUC. Despite a sizeable turnout of students, faculty and community members in support of Salaita’s reinstatement, the Board of Trustees voted NOT to reinstate Professor Salaita. Only one Trustee, James Montgomery, broke rank. Montgomery commented before the vote that he felt he had ...

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Salaita Speaks Out: A Report-Back from the Press Conference

At a press conference this afternoon, Professor Steven Salaita spoke publicly for the first time since the termination of his employment. Nearly one year ago, Professor Steven Salaita accepted an offer from the interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to join the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as a professor with lifetime tenure. However, a number of wealthy donors pressured the UIUC Board of Trustees and chancellor to rescind Professor Salaita’s ...

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اليهودي الجيد: سياسات الهوية في التراث المؤسساتي الأمريكي اليهودي

[أولاد الصف الثالث يرسمون العلم الإسرائيلي. مصدر الصورة كاتبة المقال]

 من هو اليهودي "الجيد" في التراث الأمريكي المعاصر؟ ما هي العلاقة بين الصهيونية وبين الهوية اليهودية؟ كيف يتعامل اليهود المعادون للصهيونية، أو يقاومون، سوء استخدام إيمانهم في الفكر الصهيوني؟ وهل يمكن للإجابات عن هذه الأسئلة أن تحقق تطوراً في قضية العدالة في إسرائيل وفلسطين؟ يبدو أن الصهاينة يكسبون معركة السيطرة على سياسة الهوية اليهودية في الولايات المتحدة. وكنتيجة لهذا، فإن النقاش العام حول ما الذي يصنع يهودياً "جيداً" أو "سيئاً" يجبر بعض ...

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“Good Jews”: Identity Politics in American Jewish Institutional Culture

[Third graders painting an Israeli flag. Image from the author.]

What constitutes a “good” Jew in contemporary American culture? What is the relationship between Zionism and Jewish identity? How do anti-Zionist Jews navigate or oppose the exploitation of their faith in Zionist discourse? And how can responses to these questions advance the cause for justice in Israel and Palestine? Zionists appear to be winning the battle for control over Jewish identity politics in the United States. As a result, the mainstream conversation over what ...

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Samantha Brotman


Samantha Brotman is a Visiting Lecturer and Arabic Specialist at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's Intensive English Institute. She is an alumna of the Master of Arts in Arab Studies program at Georgetown University where she researched Christian Zionism, Zionist history and discourse, and the religious communities of the Levant and North Africa. Samantha is a Special Projects Coordinator with the Arab Studies Institute.