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U. of Illinois settles with Steve Salaita

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014, file photo, Steve Salaita, a professor who lost a job offer from the University of Illinois over dozens of profane, anti-Israel Twitter messages, speaks during a news conference in Champaign Ill. A federal judge ruled Thursday Aug. 6, 2015 that a lawsuit brought by Salaita, whose anti-Israel Twitter messages led the University of Illinois to withdraw a job offer, can continue. U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber dismissed four of Steven Salaita's accusations but decided that the bulk of his case could go on. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

The University of Illinois yanked a job offer to Salaita after he tweeted “incendiary statements about Israel” during its Gaza offensive last year. He sued, and the university settled with him today. Some people thought it was about academic freedom and free speech. To others, it was a personnel issue. Salaita won’t get to be a professor there, but he walks away with $600,000 of compensation for the withdrawn job offer. Read the story here.


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