Marc Lamont Hill fired by CNN over comments about Israel

In an exclusive story, Mediaite reports that contributor Marc Lamont Hill has been fired by CNN over his comments about Israel 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.”

Here’s the video of a portion of Hill’s comments yesterday in case you missed it:

That phrase “from the river to the sea” has a long history among pro-Palestinian activists. Both the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center responded to Hill’s comments by saying they were a call for the elimination of Israel. From Jewish Journal:

Sharon Nazarian, the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) senior vice president for international affairs, told the Journal in an email, “Those calling for ‘from the river to the sea’ are calling for an end to the State of Israel.”

“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,” Nazarian said.

Similarly, Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper told the Journal in an email, “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.”

For his part, Hill has spent most quite a bit of time in the last 24 hours on Twitter denying he meant anything by the use of that particular phrase:

While that one phrase (“from the river to the sea”) was certainly a show-stopper, it can’t be divorced from the broader argument Hill was making, i.e. that peace is good but Palestinian violence shouldn’t necessarily be condemned outright. Peace cannot be “fetishized,” Hill said. There are other responses that are legitimate besides the non-violence of King or Gandhi, he argued. So even if you take him at his word about the phrase “from the river to the sea” he was still advocating tolerance for Palestinian violence against Israel.

It also doesn’t help that Hill has a history of friendliness with noted anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan:

Hill also once refused to condemn Farrakhan on television saying he didn’t know whether or not he was an anti-Semite:

Here’s Hill full speech at the UN:

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