Advertisement Close

Salaita Wins Suit for 9,000 Emails; University Censured for Rights Violations

posted on: Jun 20, 2015

Dr. Steven Salaita, a Palestinian American tenured professor of American Indian Studies, who was fired by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for criticizing Israel on Twitter, has had two back-to-back victories in his struggle to regain his job.

On Friday, June 12, Salaita won a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, which he filed last winter against the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). A federal judge ordered the university to release thousands of emails that are expected to throw light on why Salaita was fired for tweeting criticisms of Israel’s devastating 51-day siege of Gaza last summer that left more than 2,200 Palestinians dead, including 500 children.