Has Steven Salaita, once again on the verge of obtaining a permanent position, again been blocked by administrators?
His supporters at the American University of Beirut and in the United States say that's what is going on at AUB.
Salaita has been teaching in a one-year position at AUB in the aftermath of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign retracting a job offer for a tenured position there. Illinois acted amid debate over Salaita's outspoken criticism of Israel, on Twitter and elsewhere. Critics said he demonstrated an incivility that was inappropriate, but his defenders said he was being punished for his political views. In November, the university agreed to pay $875,000 to settle a lawsuit Salaita filed.
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