- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The University of Illinois would pay a professor who lost his job offer over a series of anti-Israel tweets $600,000 plus legal costs under a proposed agreement.

The university released the terms of the proposed deal with Steven Salaita Thursday, and its trustees are expected to vote on the deal in Chicago.

According to the university, the agreement would settle Salaita’s lawsuit against the university. The school would admit no wrongdoing and Salaita would not be hired.

Salaita called the proposed deal “vindication” and a victory for academic freedom.

He was offered a job starting in the fall 2014. Then-Chancellor Phyllis Wise rescinded the offer after his tweets objecting to Israeli action against Palestinians.

Salaita maintained that he had already been hired and his speech was protected by tenure.

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