CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill for Pro-Palestine Remarks

By Free Radical

Marc Lamont HIll spoke at the UN on Wednesday in support of Palestine. He was fired by CNN shortly thereafter.

Marc Lamont HIll spoke at the UN on Wednesday in support of Palestine. He was fired by CNN shortly thereafter.

News agency CNN fired Temple professor Marc Lamont Hill shortly after he made a speech at the United Nations Wednesday in defense of Palestine. Hill worked at CNN for several years as a recurring pundit.

Hill’s speech was delivered during the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People and called for Israel to end its policy of “state violence and ethnic cleansing.” In addition, he advocated for a one-state solution which would be both democratic and secular.

In a briefly worded statement, CNN said Hill was “no longer under contract.”

The portion of Hill’s speech which drew the most ire was his defense of a free Palestine “from river to sea.” The phrase has been used by several pro-Palestinian groups, including the current Hamas ruling party, and is meant to refer to the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

The Anti-Defamation League responded to the phrase by saying that it called for the destruction of Israel.

In response to criticism, Hill tweeted that his use of the phrase “was not a call to destroy anything or anyone. It was a call for justice…” Hill also reiterated that his speech advocated for the “return to the pre-1967 borders, to give full rights to Palestinian citizens of Israel and to allow right to return. No part of this is a call to destroy Israel. It’s absurd on its face.”

Hill is a noted political commentator who relocated to his hometown of Philadelphia after serving as a professor at Atlanta based HBCU Morehouse College. In recent years he has placed an increased emphasis to the human rights and liberation struggle in Palestine, even taking several sojourns there.

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