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The United States, wallowing in arrogance and hubris, pretends to be “the world’s sole superpower,” the “exceptional and indispensable nation” chosen by history to exercise hegemony over the world. In truth, the US is the two-bit punk puppet of the Israel Lobby. If the Zionist government orders Washington to eat dog excrement, Washington eats it.

Not even the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Military could get the facts acknowledged that Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty in 1967, which made casualties of most of the crew, was not a “mistake,” but the intentional act of destruction of a US Navy vessel and its crew.

Not even state universities in the hinterlands of America are independent of the Israel Lobby, which can determine tenure and hiring decisions independently of the decisions of faculty and deans.

Thanks to the cowardice and integrity deficit of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chancellor Phyllis Wise, Professor Steven Salaita is the latest victim of the Israel Lobby. Salaita was a tenured professor at Virginia Tech. He resigned his position to accept a job offered to him by the University of Illinois only to find that the chancellor, with no basis whatsoever in law for her decision, told him that she, and she alone, “revoked” his job offer.

Why did Phyllis Wise allow her university to make a job offer to Steven Salatia that caused him to resign his tenured position at a distinguished academic institution where I once taught in order to accept the Illinois offer and then pull the rug out from under Salatia?

One possible explanation is that Phyllis Wise is a totally irresponsible person devoid of all integrity who is too stupid to comprehend the expensive violation of contract lawsuit that Wise has brought to Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. How does a person so devoid of humanity, integrity, and common sense get appointed to be chancellor of an academic institution? Yes, I know, we can ask the same question about the president of the US and the chairmen of the “banks too big to fail,” and the CEOs of American companies who offshore and outsource American jobs to the detriment of the US economy.

Another possible explanation is that Wise was paid money by the Israel Lobby.

Another possible explanation is that the Israel Lobby had its Jewish graduates from Illinois at Urbana-Champaign threaten Wise with the loss of donations.

Only investigation can ascertain which of these explanations, or some other, could be the truth. For now all we have is a gratuitous personal attack on Salatia by Wise.

What did Salatia do that caused the Israel Lobby to force Wise to destroy her reputation along with that of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign? Salatia criticized, as have I and millions of decent people all over the world who have a moral conscience, the Zionist Israelis for their theft and murder of Palestinians. In fact, Salatia is more restrained in his criticism of the Zionist government than many Israelis themselves and the outstanding Israeli newspaper, Haaratz, the voice of conscience in a land without conscience.

Stephen Lendman, himself a Jew and in my considered opinion one of the most important moral voices in the US, indeed, in the entire Western world, explains to you how the all powerful American “superpower” is forced to violate contracts by the Israel Lobby that controls not only the American government but also most private and public institutions. The voice of the American people is vacated by the power of the Israel Lobby. America lives for Israel, not for Americans who are shamed by the immoral behavior of their government and public institutions and the utter powerlessness of their government in the face of the Israel Lobby.

Here is Stephen Lendman’s article. Read it and weep for the powerless and cowardly US, a country devoid of integrity, a two-bit punk puppet of Israel.

Violations of Academic Freedom in the U.S. – University of Illinois Fires Professor for Criticizing Israel
By Stephen Lendman
Global Research, August 26, 2014
Url of this article:

Criticizing Israel is the third rail in American politics, the major media and academia.

Cynthia McKinney twice lost her congressional seat in 2002 and 2006. Supporting Palestinian rights was costly.

DePaul University denied Norman Finkelstein tenure for his outspokenness and books like “The Holocaust Industry.”It did so despite calling him “a prolific scholar and an outstanding teacher.” It went further. It cancelled his classes. It placed him on administrative leave. He became persona non grata. He resigned following his academic lynching.

Bard College fired Joel Kovel for writing “Overcoming Zionism” and comments like calling Israel “a machine for the manufacture of human rights abuses.”

The University of Ottawa fired internationally recognized physics and environmental science expert Denis Rancourt. He was a tenured professor. His students loved him. It didn’t matter. Criticizing Israel cost him his job.

Injustice targeted other US and Canadian academics for the same reason. America’s First Amendment and Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms don’t matter.

Nor matters other rule of law principles. Or fairness. Or justice. Or other democratic values.

Dissent is an endangered species. Fundamental freedoms are fast disappearing.

Supporting Palestinian rights is verboten. Daring to criticize Israel virtually assures academic lynching. It’s a career-ender for professors deserving much better.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-champaign (UIUC) fired Steven Salaita. He was Arab-American Professor of American Indian Studies.

On August 6, Inside Higher Ed said his job offer was “revoked.” He was “informed by Chancellor Phyllis Wise that the appointment would not go to the university’s board, and that he did not have a job to come to in Illinois…”

At issue were his Twitter comments about Israel before and during Operation Protective Edge.

A knowledgable source said Salaita was fired. Documentation proved it. He resigned his Virginia Tech professorship in order to take the Illinois job offer.

Criticizing Israel cost him his job. UIUC at first remained silent.

On August 22, it shamelessly claimed Salaita’s firing was “not influenced in any way by his positions on the the conflict in the Middle East nor his criticism of Israel.”

UIUC Chancellor Phyllis Wise effectively attacked Salaita unjustly, saying:
“What we cannot and will not tolerate at the University of Illinois are personal and disrespectful words or actions that demean and abuse either viewpoints themselves or those who express them.”

“We have a particular duty to our students to ensure that they live in a community of scholarship that challenges their assumptions about the world but that also respects their rights as individuals.”


“As chancellor, it is my responsibility to ensure that all perspectives are welcome and that our discourse, regardless of subject matter or viewpoint, allows new concepts and differing points of view to be discussed in and outside the classroom in a scholarly, civil and productive manner.”

“A Jewish student, a Palestinian student, or any student of any faith or background must feel confident that personal views can be expressed and that philosophical disagreements with a faculty member can be debated in a civil, thoughtful and mutually respectful manner.”

“Most important, every student must know that every instructor recognizes and values that student as a human being.” [In other words, the idiot Wise is saying that criticism negates valuation and by criticizing Israel Salaita was refusing to value Israelis.]

“If we have lost that, we have lost much more than our standing as a world-class institution of higher education.” [The moron Wise doesn’t say what about losing freedom of expression and what that loss does to a “world-class institution of higher education.”]

Salaita’s firing got over 3,000 scholars in numerous disciplines to boycott UIUC. They pledged not to visit Urbana-Champaign campus to lecture or attend conferences until he’s reinstated.

A general petition demanding reinstatement has over 16,000 signatures as of August 24. Salaita’s friends and colleagues began a supportive campaign, saying:
He “now has no job nor does his wife who quit her job in Virginia to support the family’s move, no personal home to live in, and no health insurance for their family, including their two year-old son.”

The Organizing Collective of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) expressed outrage over his firing.
It called doing so “a blatant violation of (his) academic freedom and an insidious assault upon him and those who uphold the right of honest and ethical critique in the academy.”

“We are gravely concerned about this attack on a leading scholar in Arab American studies and ethnic, indigenous, and American studies, whose brilliantly pathbreaking and highly prolific scholarship has put him at the forefront of these fields.”
USACBI called his firing “politically motivated.” It demanded “he be reinstated and allowed to continue with his academic pursuits and his teaching duties and that the university protect his rights to engage in political discourse on and off campus.”
UIUC’s American Studies Program faculty cast a vote of no confidence in Chancellor Wise.

On August 24, its web site said its “sentiment is based on Wise’s decision to effectively fire Prof. Steven Salaita, whose de facto hir(ing) had been properly vetted…and approved by the college through standard academic procedure.”
“This process culminated in the signing of a good-faith contract between Prof. Sailata and our college, and only awaited customary rubber-stamp approval by the UIUC Board of Trustees.”

“In clear disregard of basic principles of shared governance and unit autonomy, and without basic courtesy and respect for collegiality, Chancellor Wise did not consult American Indian Studies nor the college before making her decision.”

Her action is a clear First Amendment and academic freedom violation, AIS added.
On August 22, UIUC students staged a sit-in outside a Board of Trustees meeting. On Facebook, they demanded Salaita’s “immediate reinstatement as a tenured faculty member in the Department of American Indian Studies.”

“Full and fair compensation to Dr. Salaita for time missed during which he would otherwise have been working.”

“Immediate increased transparency in the faculty hiring process – as a public university. UIUC has the responsibility to make public all intended faculty changes as well as take public comment in regards to any change.”

A Tuesday follow-up action is planned. Expect others ahead.

A web site was established. “Fight Back!, it states. “Help support Steven Salaita’s case against the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign for its unethical and unconstitutional firing of him only 3 weeks before his scheduled classes were to begin, for speaking out against war and violence on Twitter.”

Saliata was a tenured professor. He signed an October 2013 UIUC contract. He resigned his Virginia Tech position to do it.

Weeks before classes begin, he was told he no longer had a job. Among other reasons cited was a disingenuous claim about lacking Board of Trustees approval.
Interim College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean, Brian Ross, wrote Salaita’s job offer letter, saying:

“The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers a wonderfully supportive community, and it has always taken a high interest in its newcomers.”
“I feel sure that your career can flourish here, and I hope earnestly that you will accept our invitation.”

On August 25, Mondoweiss headlined “Salaita’s hire set off fundraising alarm at U of Illinois, per emails to chancellor,” saying: Wise “was lobbied by 70 pro-Israel folks, including donors, who were upset by Salaita’s comments on Twitter about Gaza.”

UIUC “fundraisers were alarmed and sought a meeting with Wise.”

Salaita was hired to teach American Indian Studies. No evidence suggests he’s anti-Semitic.

He criticizes Israel justifiably. His Twitter comments said nothing about Jews. They’re insightful, forthright and important. Examples include:

“Israel is a great example of how colonization impairs ethics and compels people to support shameful deeds in the name of atavistic ideals.”

“Hamas is the biggest red herring in American political discourse since Saddam’s ‘weapons of mass destruction.’ ”

“When will the attack on Gaza end? What is left for Israel to prove? Who is left for Israel to kill? This is the logic of genocide.”

“Hamas makes us do it! This logic isn’t new. American settlers used it frequently in slaughtering and displacing Natives.”

“Forget biting the hand. Israel just devoured Obama’s arm to the shoulder blade.”

“Pro Tip: when a majority of a state’s prime ministers were born in another country, that state is a settler colony.”

“Only Israel can murder around 300 children in the span of a few weeks and insist that it is the victim.”

Salaita is the latest academic lynching victim for criticizing Israel justifiably. He won’t be the last.

He deserves immediate reinstatement. An unequivocal apology from Chancellor Wise and Board of Trustee members is warranted.

He’s entitled to full compensation for pay and benefits lost. He merits more for pain and suffering.

Salaita has the courage of his convictions. He deserves universal support.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected]
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Visit his blog site at

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  1. Mr. Roberts, I have addressed the matter of Prof. Salaita below but I would like you to look into the matter of Israel’s sovereign wealth fund that may be more than 15 years old and worth more than a trillion dollars and is part of the reason that US presidents feel like Israel has a gun to their head. I think there are very easy ways to deal with it including simply seizing it and applying it as an insignificant initial partial payment for all the harm that has been done to the American people and the rest of humankind by Zionist Jews, Israelis, and their supporters. It would be easy to do once the American people and the rest of the world are told the truth about how they have been victims, accomplice-victimizers, or both of Zionist Jews, Israel and their supporters.

    Ms. Wise is effectively throwing some of the most important modes of free speech and academic freedom (without which human progress and liberty is difficult or even impossible) into a bonfire in defense of the vanities that correctly at this time have no legal protection. Ms. Wise’s email defending her decision and the letter of BoT Chairman Kennedy in her support reminded me of something said by St. Augustine: “It is one thing to see the Land of Peace from a wooded ridge and another to tread the path that leads to it.” (St. Augustine’s Confessions 7:21) To tread the path that leads to the land of peace we cannot afford to even light a match in defense of the vanities much less have a bonfire in their defense that necessarily consumes the people and the views needed to get at least part of the way there. We are so far from the Land of Peace partly because of insidious self-censorship, apathy, disenfranchisement, brainwashing, divide-and-conquer schemes of the powerful, mindless petty ambitions that produce little of enduring value, and secret inquisitions, and now we have to contend with bonfires in defense of the vanities. Ms. Wise is a biologist, but she sounds like someone who has forgotten that to digest food properly you do have to first chew it properly, not pretend that you have.

    Before Karl von Clausewitz became an academic, he wrote to his fiancée: “That the attitudes of our people are not marked by greater nobility is not the fault of nature, but the fault of men. Had those who led the nation shown themselves to be better men, then the nation would have been animated by a different spirit….and if I am to express my innermost thoughts I would say that I favor the most extreme [measures]. With whips I would stir the lazy animal and teach it to burst the chains with which out of cowardice and fear it permitted itself to be bound. I would spread an attitude throughout Germany, which like an antidote would eliminate with destructive force the plague that is threatening to decay the spirit of the nation.” Someone like Clausewitz wouldn’t be hired at universities run by the likes of Ms. Wise, but America and the rest of the world need a latter-day Clausewitz who is better than the original and will ‘whip’ all of humankind–rich or poor, strong or weak, family or stranger, clergy (even the highest-ranked muftis, ayatollahs, patriarchs, heads of churches, or the Pope) or layperson–after first establishing credibility by ‘whipping’ the latter-day Clausewitz to be a worthy guide to the Land of Peace. Whether this case goes to trial or not, it will be part of the juggernaut for justice that predates it and which will have permanent, wide-ranging global consequences greater than those of the Dreyfus affair. Prof. Brian Leiter should be commended for saying that Ms. Wise and her supporters should resign or be fired, even though it’s likely that hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of people, not just academics and administrators, will be pushed aside in the US alone.

    If I were Ms. Wise, UIUC, or among the Zionist organizations and individuals who support her, I would find Prof. Bonnie Honig’s weaselly letter and the foregoing excerpt from Clausewitz’s correspondence to be an unsettling reminder of the dismal prospects of winning this case were it to go to trial before a patriotic American jury, yes a patriotic American jury that will understand that we cannot afford another war, economic risk-taking, Zionist finance-industry favoring austerity, or the Israelization (militarization) of the police, academia, media and the rest of society and that Prof. Salaita’s comments are best understood in that context. Events in Gaza, the West Bank, and elsewhere in the Middle East appear much more horrifying to those who consciously or subconsciously are aware about the reality of life in America at the mercy of Israel, Zionists, and even many Zionist or Jewish professors who, from personal experience or due to knowledge of the experience of others, know that they have have long abused many students, especially Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims. I will save for another time my concerns about Prof. Honig’s letter that seems, among other things, to be giving Ms. Wise et al. a face-saving way out. As Emile Zola who wrote about the Dreyfus affair said, “[i]f you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.” A bonfire in defense of the vanities that consumes people and ideas needed for a more just world is what Ms. Wise et al. are demanding and that is as inexcusable as a face-saving way out for Ms. Wise, her Zionist Jewish puppet-masters, and supporters. I prefer to keep truth above ground.

    Prof. Bruce Robbins should be commended for indirectly telling Ms. Wise “I will not rehearse for you the reasons why this firing is an outrage to anyone who cares about academic freedom or simple human decency” and basically rejecting her and BoT Chairman Kennedy’s invitation to engage in a sterile discourse that would validate her immoral and illegal acts. We should commit ourselves to meaningful opposing action when someone insults and injures us without due process and reject any invitation to accept and engage in discourse within their immoral, flawed framework. Ms. Wise is trying to do to us what was done to Abraham Lincoln who stupidly (but not surprisingly because I consider him one of the most evil, non-Christian, and idiotic persons to become president despite his reputation for being a good debater) put himself into a corner by saying that it was wrong to criticize the US-Mexican War while it was being prosecuted. When he was asked to sign a paper saying that the war was a moral enterprise, he realized that he had no choice but to speak up against the war, but by then the damage to the anti-war efforts had become insurmountable. This unbelievable idiocy and lack of foresight did not stand in his way to being elected president, and the sad thing is that tens of millions of Americans behave as idiotically as him as evidenced by the reactions to criticism of the slogan ‘support the troops (wrong or right)’ since the first Gulf War and the reactions of many including the Va Tech administration to Prof. Salaita’s Salon article regarding the foregoing slogan which I have not read because I am boycotting Salon. Ms. Wise and her Zionist puppet-masters and supporters may think they are clever with their fait accompli and invitation to ratify it, but I am willing to bet a fortune I don’t have that at the highest levels of the Pentagon and many other places in the US government, Prof. Salaita has more supporters than Ms. Wise and her Zionist puppet-masters and supporters can ever dream of. The Pentagon knows more than anyone that this slogan is primarily a Zionist Jewish media slogan imposed on Americans in the interest of Israel and Zionists at a time when the US couldn’t afford and didn’t need to fight unnecessary wars. The loyal, non-treasonous elements in the Pentagon and the US national security establishment more than anyone know the danger posed to the nation not just academia were Ms. Wise to succeed, and that’s why I am certain Prof. Salaita will prevail in a spectacular manner even if I mistaken about Ms. Wise, her masters, and supporters being set up deliberately to fail in an antithetically spectacular manner. His case should go to trial and his adversaries should worry about a tribe of shrieking Banquos’ ghosts showing up, especially if RICO claims are pursued against Ms. Wise and her colleagues in the UIUC administration and the Zionist activists and donors all of whom share responsibility for harming UIUC and Prof. Salaita. After Snowden’s revelations which were intenteded to help Israel and Zionists but had the opposite effect mostly or entirely because of me, I simply don’t know how they can expect to win when the government and others have the resources to make sure that justice is served.

  2. Priss Factor [AKA "Ancianna"] says:

    The New Blacklist dominated by Zio-Carthyism.

    According to Jewish Liberals, the attempt to root out Stalinists who were sending ATOMIC secrets to the USSR was just crazy paranoia during the late 40s and early 50s.

    BUT Jewish power should have the right and might to purge and blacklist anyone Jews don’t like even though such a person poses nothing like the threat once posed by Rosenbergs and Sobell.


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  3. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I would like you, Mr. Roberts, to explain to me what you mean by the Israel Lobby…exactly; and also what you mean by the Zionist gov’t. —ie. of Israel or the U.S. There have of course been many people, professors and laymen who have come under attack by people who could be said to be members of the JEWISH and the Zionist lobby, (though it might appear they are not the same thing), since decades before you became a distinguished member of the establishment and holding Gov’t positions. Was the Reagan gov’t (and possibly yourself) under the influence of the LOBBY? Of course, I don’t only mean domestic and foreign political influence, but matters of finance/economics as well? I mean, wasn’t dear Ronald Reagan a Zionist himself? Weren’t you the inventor of something called Reagonomics? Just what did the latter accomplish that was good for the U.S.?

    I wish you could clear up for me, where the U.S. and the ‘Zionist’/Israeli’ lobby are separate entities and just what IS the common denominator beside the control of the money system, as you have seen fit to speak upon as somewhat of an authority.

  4. You, sir, are a bad example. Hard to believe UNZ couldn’t find someone with your views that was capable of expressing themselves in a rational manner. Perhaps no such people exist.

  5. Priss Factor [AKA "Andrea Ostrov Letania"] says:

    Though I’m appalled by this case of blacklisting, would anyone have come to Salaita’s defense if he’s a white person accused of being a ‘right-wing racist’? I’ll bet Salaita himself is a politically correct activist who would support the blacklisting of people like Kevin MacDonald and Jason Richwine.

    And I find Salaita’s argument bogus. He accuses Israeli policies to be atavistic, but couldn’t the same be said of Palestinians who are also motivated by blood and soil?

    And as a scholar/sympathizer of American Indians, he should know that Indian values and convictions were entirely ‘atavistic’. Them folks weren’t universal liberal democrats.

    • Replies: @pyrrhus
  6. AIPAC doesn’t just unduly influence American politicians, and thereby make the worst foreign policies imaginable, whose big donors have such contempt for democracy that it believes every politician is for sale by campaign contribution. No, AIPAC’s hard core neocons rule the Israeli roost too, threatening a cutoff of the U.S. aid they control if Israeli politicians don’t also toe their mad line. Why is it possible for a United States Senate in recess, to have five senators appear and by themselves pass major legislation transferring hundreds of millions in new weapons money for ill-conceived and destructive Israeli government policies that neither the American people nor their representatives would approve of, even Jewish constituents?

    AIPAC is rogue. Their ridiculous assertion that anyone questioning AIPAC’s mad policies is an anti-Semite, a Holocaust denier, or if Jewish whether in Israel or in other countries, a “self-hating Jew” is absolutely vile war mongering. Message to AIPAC: not everything a person wants to do, no matter how mad, is immune from criticism simply because the person is Jewish. Note to Rabbi Boteach: Casino magnates are not noted for their good character, regardless of preferred religion.

  7. pyrrhus says:
    @Priss Factor

    It is a breach of contract, and of human decency, by the University, regardless of what political motive is involved. And Salaita will win his case, if it doesn’t settle for 7 figures. Just what bankrupt Illinois needs…..

  8. Cynthia McKinney lost because she was a perpetually angry personality who represented her district poorly. Her views on Palestine weren’t really decisive in her electoral defeat.

    • Replies: @KA
  9. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Mr. Roberts – I would like you to look into the funds transfer from Lehmann Brothers to Israel just before the financial meltdown began in 2006-7 -funds of two tranches of 500B USD from NYC to Tel Aviv Central Bank. Also please look into the transfer of Mr. Fischer -Governor of Reserve Bank of Dallas ( I presume) to Central Bank of Israel prior to the transfer of two tranches of funds. And how and who were involved.

  10. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Priss Factor

    As a militant anti-Zionist and anti-imperialist, I want to put on record my retrospective support for whatever actions the Rosenbergs and Morton Sobell may have taken to weaken the U.S. military advantage over the Soviet Union and its allies. While it does appear, from the evidence that has come out, that the information that Julius Rosenberg and his group passed to the Soviet Union had nothing to do with nuclear weapons (and that Ethel Rosenberg was not involved at all), I consider it fortunate that the U.S. did not have a monopoly of nuclear weapons at the time of the U.S. war on Korea, since they might well have used them if that had been the case.

    In case you’re wondering, I’m a child of Jewish parents, so that technically makes me a “Jew” in the eyes of both Jewish and anti-Jewish bigots, although I reject any identification with the “tribe”.

  11. KA says:
    @Bro. Steve

    She is the first person in US Congress to lose for not representing her constitunecy. She will be the last . The latest miracle from AIPAC.

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