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Why is there no mention of his denial of the right of self-determination to people with green eyes, which played a rather prominent role in the whole Columbia Univ. mid-east studies department controversy? AnonMoos (talk) 11:26, 23 November 2007 (UTC)
From what I've seen, Saliba claimed that the student misunderstood the point he was trying to make, but never denied that he did say something roughly to the effect that authentic middle-easterners / "true Semites" (or however he phrased it) don't have green eyes. What is the citation for Saliba claiming to have never said anything at all about green eyes? AnonMoos (talk) 03:19, 25 March 2008 (UTC)
Whatever happened, I had to remove the piece until clarification, because the reference to Saliba's words were even not second-hand; not even third-hand, it is just a broken telephone. While the episode did take place and was quite central to the film in question, it must be described in proper way: what student said, what Saliba said, not how some random journalist heard it. Saliba's claim is here. Buit what exactly did the student say in the film? I see some external references in wikipedia text about "Columbia Unbecoming", but I don't have time to track them right now. Since it is a biography of a living person, any potentially defaming issues must be referenced very carefully; please see WP:BLP policy. `'Míkka>t 08:10, 15 December 2008 (UTC)
It's not clear whether George Saliba is very notable outside of the green-eyes affair, so if you remove the all green-eyes material, you're unfortunately removing his main claim to be deserving of a Wikipedia article. Furthermore, the film was widely viewed by a number of journalists (including some from major news outlets), many of whom wrote their own independent accounts of, and reactions to, Lindsay Shrier's personal testimony in the film, so I don't know what your claims of "third-hand" are supposed to mean -- it actually sounds like the acme of widespread verifiable mainstream media coverage of Lindsay Shrier's claims to me. And BLP concerns cannot be used to suppress all mention of a legitimate controversy which has received wide media coverage. Of course, on this article we can't take sides between Saliba's and Schrier's conflicting claims, but we can set out both, and link to useful media accounts of both. If you feel there's some specific factual inaccuracy in how Lindsay Shrier's claims are summarized here vs. how they were reported by various news outlets, then by all means be bold and fix such inaccuracies post-haste, taking into account the various material that's out there. However, please don't delete all mention of the main thing which makes Saliba notable on the basis of rather vague abstract philosophical concerns not backed up by specifics... AnonMoos (talk) 12:37, 15 December 2008 (UTC)
Restoring the green-eyes thing, since it's actually what he's most widely notable and famous for outside of very narrow scholarly circles. AnonMoos (talk) 17:16, 4 November 2011 (UTC)
P.S. The report produced by the official Columbia University inquiry (which was biased in many ways in favor of Saliba, Khalidi, and Massad), admitted that Saliba almost certainly made a reference to green eyes on the occasion in question -- I don't know how you can get too much more reliable than that... AnonMoos (talk) 16:07, 10 November 2011 (UTC)