Marc Lamont Hill Addresses Comments After CNN Terminates Contract
Commentator Marc Lamont Hill has apologized after CNN terminated his contract over comments he made about Israel and Palestine in a speech at the United Nations on Wednesday. During his speech, he said that: “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.” The “from the river to the sea” line is a phrase that has been used by Hamas and other anti-Israel terrorist groups. The National Council of Young Israel and Anti-Defamation League condemned the remark as anti-Semitic. However, Hill says that was absolutely not his intention. “I support Palestinian freedom,” Hill tweeted. “I do not support anti-Semitism, killing Jewish people, or any of the other things attributed to my speech. I have spent my life fighting these things.” He went on to write in an op-ed for The Inquirer published on Saturday, “My use of ‘river to the sea’ was an invocation of a long history of political actors – liberal and radical, Palestinian and Israeli – who have called for their particular vision of justice in the area from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.” Hill continued, “I strongly believe that we must reject anti-Semitism in any form or fashion. This means not only preventing physical violence against Jews, but also ugly anti-Semitic images, stereotypes, conspiracy theories, and mythologies.” Read his full response here.