CNN Drops Contributor Marc Lamont Hill For Controversial Comments About Israel and Palestine

By A.J. Katz Comment

CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill made some comments concerning the Middle East at the United Nations today that haven’t sat too well with a lot of people. Those comments have now cost Hill his paid gig at CNN.

“Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN,” a CNN spokesperson told TVNewser.

During his talk at the UN earlier today, Hill called for a “free Palestine from the river to the sea,” and seemed to urge other nations to boycott Israel. For those not aware, “from the river to the sea” is a phrase often used by the terror group Hamas and other organizations that are openly anti-Israel. To many, he was attacking the Jewish people with a phrase which basically implies that Israel be replaced by Palestine which stretches from the Jordan all the way to the Mediterranean. He claimed otherwise on Twitter, as you’ll find below.

At one point during the meeting, Hill poured himself some water and told participants that he just got off a flight from “Palestine” and that “I was boycotting the Israeli water so I was unable to quench my thirst.”

Kind of a weird comment.

Hill also said:

We have an opportunity to not just offer solidarity in words but to commit to political action, grass-roots 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.

Contrary to western mythology, black resistance to American apartheid did not come purely through Gandhi and nonviolence.

Rather, slave revolts and self-defense and tactics otherwise divergent from Dr. King or Mahatma Gandhi were equally important to preserving safety and attaining freedom. If we are to operate in true solidarity with the Palestinian people, we must allow the Palestinian people the same range of opportunity and political possibility. If we are standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people, we must recognize the right of an occupied people to defend itself. We must prioritize peace, but we must not romanticize or fetishize it. We must advocate and promote nonviolence at every opportunity, but we cannot endorse a narrow politics of respectability that shames Palestinians for resisting, for refusing to do nothing in the face of state violence and ethnic cleansing.

He continued to defend himself throughout the day:

Not everyone supports CNN’s decision to fire Hill:

In addition to being on the CNN payroll, Hill is also a professor at Temple and the host of BET News. He was also a Fox News contributor in 2009, often appearing on The O’Reilly Factor as something of a liberal foil to the conservative host.

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