US university won't fire anti-Israel professor

October 29, 2010 05:39

PHILADELPHIA — The president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania said Thursday he cannot fire a tenured professor who has questioned the Holocaust and expressed virulent anti-Israel views because the teacher has kept his opinions out of the classroom.

A statement from Ivory Nelson, president of the state-supported university, says professor Kaukab Siddique's beliefs may be "insidious" but he can express them "as long as he does not present such opinions as the views of the university."Siddique has questioned the Holocaust and called for the destruction of Israel in forums including a September rally in Washington, DC, and an online magazine he edits called New Trend. Siddique is a tenured professor in English and mass communications. He did not respond to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

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