Far-left CNN contributor and Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill was a featured speaker at a pro-Palestinian event at the United Nations on Wednesday, where he proudly issued several remarks that were widely construed as anti-Israel.
Hill’s comments, wherein he figuratively called for the destruction of the Jewish nation, did not sit well with many Jews and Christians of all political persuasions, and the torrent of criticism aimed at Hill resulted in CNN cutting ties with the anti-Semitic, race-baiting commentator. The New York Post reported that CNN announced on Thursday that Hill had been fired by the network and would no longer be a paid contributor.
A spokesperson for the network stated plainly in an email: “Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN.”
From the river to the sea
In his speech on Wednesday, Hill expressed his abiding support for the explicitly anti-Israel Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement, which seeks to end international support for Israel in its fight against Palestine and went on to argue that Palestinians shouldn’t be shamed for resorting to acts of violence against Israelis.
But while there were several remarks from Hill that raised eyebrows, it was his call for a “free Palestine from the river to the sea” that garnered the most attention, as the phrase “from the river to the sea” is loaded with a stark anti-Semitic history.
The phrase, which is a rallying cry for the Gaza-based terrorist organization Hamas, refers to the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea that comprise Israel’s east and west border, and in essence, calls for the whole of Israeli territory to instead be a Palestinian state.
Given the deep-seated animosity and history of violence between Muslim Palestinians and Jewish Israelis, it isn’t hard to see why suggesting the Israeli nation instead be a Palestinian nation would be construed as a literal death wish for the Jewish people who live there.
“Divisive and destructive action”
The Anti-Defamation League and Simon Wiesenthal Center — both organizations that fight anti-Semitism — have spoken out against Hill over his anti-Israel commentary at the U.N.
The Anti-Defamation League’s senior vice-president of international affairs, Sharon Nazarian, said in an email to the Jewish Journal: “Those calling for ‘from the river to the sea’ are calling for an end to the State of Israel.”
Nazarian added: “It is a shame that once again, this annual event at the United Nations does not promote constructive pathways to ‘Palestinian solidarity’ and a future of peace, but instead divisive and destructive action against Israel.”
That critique was echoed by Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, who told the Jewish Journal: “Justice requires a ‘Free Palestine from the River to the Sea’? Marc Lamont Hill is a confirmed anti-Zionist ideologue.
“His extremist, anti-peace views merit coverage on CNN, not as a paid pundit but as a supreme propagandist unfettered by facts,” Cooper continued.
“By the way Marc, where will you put the nearly 9 million Israeli citizens, nearly 20 [percent] of whom are Arabs? Any Palestinian entity we’ve been told will be Judenrein,” Cooper said, using a term associated with Nazi Germany that refers to land from which Jews are excluded. “[O]nly place left is…Mediterranean Sea,” he added in a reference to an anti-Israel rallying cry among Arabs that calls for pushing all of the Jews of Israel into the sea to make room for Muslims.
CNN was absolutely right to fire Hill following his anti-Israel rant at the U.N.
It is one thing to be critical of the Israeli nation’s policies or advocate for Palestinian statehood, but calls for a one-state solution dominated by Palestinians is a death wish for the Israeli people and crosses a line of civilized debate — which Hill knew, and CNN (thankfully) recognized.