CNN Commentator Fired for Pro-Palestine UN Speech (VIDEO)

Marc Lamont Hill: "We have an opportunity to not just offer solidarity in words but to commit to political action. "

In a brief statement made yesterday, the US TV channel announced that “Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN”. Though CNN did not explicitly state that Lamont Hill had been fired due to the content of his UN speech, it is widely understood that it was this which prompted the news outlet’s move.

Speaking at the UN’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Wednesday, Lamont Hill – a professor of Media Studies and Urban Education at Temple University in Philadelphia, USA – said:

“We have an opportunity to not just offer solidarity in words but to commit to political action, grassroots action, local action, and international action that will give us what justice requires and that is a free Palestine from the river to the sea.”

His use of the phrase “a free Palestine from the river to the sea” sparked an immediate backlash from Israel supporters who were quick to launch a tirade of accusations against the pundit, including claiming he had called for the destruction of Israel and killing Jews and was therefore anti-Semitic.

Former US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro called Lamont Hill’s choice of words “disgusting”, while Israel’s Consul General in New York Dani Dayan also condemned the remarks, the Times of Israel reported. “Lamont Hill called for the elimination of the State of Israel from the map,” Dayan tweeted, adding: “MLH is a racist, a bigot, an antisemite. The fact that he is all this while in the payroll of @CNN and [Temple University] is appalling.”

It is thought that CNN’s decision was swayed by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) – a powerful American NGO which monitors anti-Semitism – after it objected to Lamont Hill’s speech. Al Jazeera quoted left-wing activist group Jewish Voice for Peace as saying: “While the ADL markets itself as a civil rights organisation, its history betrays an extensive record of anti-Arab, anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian advocacy,” calling into question its motives for denouncing Lamont Hill’s comments.

Lamont Hill took to Twitter to defend his speech. Responding to one Twitter user who claimed the phrase was a Hamas slogan, he argued: “’River to the sea’ is a phrase that precedes Hamas by more than 50 years. It also has a variety of meanings. In my remarks, which you clearly didn’t hear, I was talking about full citizenship rights IN Israel and a redrawing of the pre-1967 borders.”

In a separate tweet he wrote: “Unfortunately, we are in a moment where any critique of the Israeli government is called anti-Semitic. Any call for Palestinian freedom is seen as an attempt to diminish Israel[i] freedom. This does not have to be, nor should it be, the case.”

Lamont Hill also lamented that his speech had been misrepresented, saying: “Yesterday, I gave a speech at the UN in which I critiqued Israel’s policies and practices toward Palestinians. It’s baffling how people are not responding to the critique, but instead responding to things I didn’t actually say.”

(PC, MEMO, Social Media)

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  1. The only path to peace on the Middle East (and beyond) is to stop gifting Israel more than $8 Billion US Taxpayers’ money every year, badly needed in the U. S. A. (BTW, GHW Bush’s demand that Israel make peace or no-more-US-money costed him his 1992 reelection!)
    What I would do if I had money, is to publish the names of the U. S. politicians of the 25 states that proposed anti-BDS Legislation, as traitors since we lost Trillions of dollars and thousands of loved, needed, gullible American kids fighting just for propaganda of Zionism.

  2. Very professional, well explained article-> Israel is not above the Law & it is normal to reprimand all unacceptable behaviour against individuals with no justification. PAST ISRAEL LEADERS HAVE OPENLY SAID “We control USA & they know it.” -this is pathetic that USA is allowing this This anti Semitic bias for complaining about deliberate violation by Israel of human rights of Palestine people- is unacceptable. Liberty of freedom to speak, write & have an opinion is a deliberate violation of our human rights & has dangerous consequences. It is another form of bullying as pressure groups set out to control what we do, what we say & what we write -> this is a form of Dictatorship not Democracy.

  3. Of corse Marc Lamont Hill is right. The native Palestinian people were etnically cleansed in 1948 by zionist intruders and the robbing of land and cleansing of the native people continues up till now. The establishment of Israël, ánd the support it even today gets from the US, is clearly an act of neocolialism. Demographic figures of 1947 leave no room for other interpretations.

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