CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill Over Speech Backing Palestinian Resistance

Chris Menahan
Nov. 29, 2018

Jeff Zucker-led CNN on Thursday swiftly fired contributor Marc Lamont Hill after he gave a speech at the United Nations on Wednesday backing Palestinian resistance.

From Mediaite:
CNN severed ties with contributor Marc Lamont Hill on Thursday, following comments the university professor made about Israel and Palestine in a speech at the United Nations.

“Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN,” a CNN spokesperson told Mediaite.
Hill urged countries to boycott Israel in a speech on Wednesday, calling for a “free Palestine from the river to the sea.” His comments sparked an immediate backlash, with many noting “from the river to the sea” is a phrase used by Hamas and other anti-Israel terror groups. The phrase implies the replacement of Israel by a Palestine stretching from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea — though Hill disputes this characterization of his comments.

“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,” Hill said in his speech.

His comments were condemned as anti-Semitic by the National Council of Young Israel and Anti-Defamation League.
Here's his quote on backing Palestinian resistance:
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. We must allow, if we were to operate in true solidarity with Palestinian people, we must allow the Palestinian people the same range of opportunity and political possibility. If we are standing in solidarity with Palestinian people, we must recognize the right of an occupied people to defend itself. We must prioritize peace, but we must not romanticize or fetishizes it. We must advocate and promote non-violence 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.
Here's his response on Twitter:

Incidentally, in the past CNN has run glowing profiles of antifa seeking "peace through violence" here in America.

Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo and others on their network have also defended the group repeatedly.

They also had no issue with CNN regular Tim Wise saying just two days ago after Republicans won the Mississippi election that "white folks" in their state deserve to have been "crushed beyond repair" and have their property being "burned to the ground" and "all the landowners booted from their land and all the wealth redistributed to former slaves."

I wonder why there's such a double standard?

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