(CNSNews.com) — Opinions expressed by DePaul University Prof. Jason Hill that Israel has the right to annex the West Bank and the United States should pay Israel “financial reparations,” were condemned in a 21-10 vote by the DePaul Faculty Council on May 1.
In an April 16 commentary for The Federalist, Prof. Hill said Israel has a right to annex the entire West Bank; that America should pay Israel “political and financial reparations” because of U.S. support over the years for the Palestinian Authority; and that America should fund “Israel’s military defense in any manner Israel deems necessary for its survival and unrivaled military status in the Middle East.”
The vote by the Faculty Council followed two weeks of complaints by some students at the university who launched a petition demanding that Hill be censured. The students described Hill’s views as “racist, anti-Palestinian, xenophobic, sexist, and Islamophobic.”
The Faculty Council’s resolution against Prof. Hill partly states,
“That DePaul University’s Faculty Council affirms Professor Hill’s right to publish and express his opinions consistent with the Faculty Handbook, the AAUP Statement on Academic Freedom and Tenure, and the Guiding Principles on Speech and Expression.
“That the Faculty Council nevertheless affirms that Professor Hill’s article failed to exercise adequate concern for accuracy, restraint, or respect for the opinions of others, as per the AAUP guidelines. As such, this article represents an abuse of his academic freedom.
“That Faculty Council condemns in the strongest possible terms both the tone and content of Professor Hill’s article, and affirms the claims that it expresses positions that are factually inaccurate, advocate war crimes and ethnic cleansing, and give voice to racism with respect to the Palestinian populations of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as Arabs generally.”
In the evening after the vote, Hill was interviewed on FNC’s Tucker Carlson Tonight. “Aside from defending Israel, I made the point that Israel was the only democracy amidst a bunch of illiberal and primitive regimes that do not respect the inalienability of human rights and individual rights," he said.
"And I think students took offense and, individual faculty and people at large took offense at me defending Israel,” said Hill, “and defending my right to defend Israel's right to defend itself against the war that was launched against it in 1967 by Jordan.”
In a previous interview with CNSNews.com, Dr. Hill stated, “I’m not apologizing. … In a case like this, you don’t yield one inch.”
Jason Hill is a professor of philosophy at DePaul University and the author of several books, including Civil Disobedience and the Politics of Identity: When We Should Not Get Along.
In a 2014 interview, Hill described himself as both liberal and conservative but added, “I voted for Obama, I voted for John Kerry, and I voted for Al Gore, so I’ve always voted for the liberal party.”