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Philadelphia, PA - Marc Lamont Hill In Op-ed Apologizes For Use Of Phrase ‘Free Palestine From The River To The Sea’

Published on: December 2, 2018 09:01 PM
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Marc Lamont Hill attends BET Presents ‘An Evening With ‘The Quad” At The Paley Center in New York, Dec. 7, 2016.Marc Lamont Hill attends BET Presents ‘An Evening With ‘The Quad” At The Paley Center in New York, Dec. 7, 2016.

Philadelphia - Marc Lamont Hill, a political commentator and professor at Temple University, has apologized for his use of a phrase associated with Palestinian extremists in discussing the current plight of the Palestinians at the United Nations.

Hill, Hill, a professor of media studies and urban education at Temple who also hosts the syndicated television show “Our World with Black Enterprise,” called for “a free Palestine from the river to the sea” on Wednesday during an event held at the United Nations for the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

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“We have an opportunity to not just offer solidarity in words but to commit to political action, grassroots 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 an op-ed published on Saturday in Hill’s hometown newspaper, the Philadephia Inquirer, he wrote: ” Critics of this phrase have suggested that I was calling for violence against Jewish people. In all honesty, I was stunned, and saddened, that this was the response.

“Palestine from the river to the sea” was a slogan of the Palestine Liberation Organization beginning with its founding in 1964, claiming a Palestinian state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea and rejecting control by Israel of any land in the region, including areas controlled by Israel prior to 1967. It later became a popular political slogan used by Palestinians who reject compromise with Israel, including the terror group Hamas, which calls for the destruction of Israel.

Hill said in his op-ed that he was calling for justice in the area from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, in the form of a single bi-national democratic state that encompasses Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.

“Throughout my speech, I spoke explicitly about the need for Israeli political reform, specifically as it pertains to Arab citizens of Israel. I also called for a redrawing of borders to the pre-1967 lines, as well as a greater attention to human rights for those living in the West Bank and Gaza. At the time, I believed that these demands made in the speech sufficiently reflected my belief in radical change within Israel, not a desire for its destruction,” he wrote.  “Clearly, they did not.”

“I take seriously the voices of so many Jewish brothers and sisters, who have interpreted my remarks as a call to or endorsement of violence. Rather than hearing a political solution, many heard a dog-whistle that conjured a long and deep history of violence against Jewish people. Although this was the furthest thing from my intent, those particular words clearly caused confusion, anger, fear, and other forms of harm. For that, I am deeply sorry,” he wrote.

Hill also noted that he has called for a rejection anti-Semitism in any form, including preventing physical violence against Jews,  as well as anti-Semitic images.

CNN announced on Thursday that it had fired Hill.



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 Dec 02, 2018 at 10:37 PM stamnamefortrump Says:

Yeah we believe you are sorry now that u lost ur job. Y don't u go live in Gaza city and see how great they r. Meanwhile we don't care about ur apology

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 Dec 02, 2018 at 10:49 PM fat36 Says:

let him go hang himself

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 Dec 03, 2018 at 02:44 AM Anonymous Says:

What was so wrong?
Y can Bibi come to the US capitol and speak freely against OUR siting president in the name of ALL Jews? Whats the damn difference? Somehow everyone gets jittery when spoken about Israel. Israel absolutely does not represent authentic Judaism and this whole fiasco just spikes antisemitism. LEave him alone! Who cares what a goy said? Israel always junps onto anything negativly said about them and makes sure they have hell to pay. We suffer more from the anointed ones in israel than the few that speak their minds. IGNORE THEM!

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 Dec 03, 2018 at 07:45 AM Democrats are anti Israel scum Says:

He's a typical leftist anti Israel Jew hating Democrat CNN fired him without issuing a statement condeming his remarks because they don't disagree with them they just had to fire him because of their bottom dollar

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 Dec 03, 2018 at 08:48 AM Normal Says:

I didn't mean it. You misunderstood. It's not what I was saying. I was trying to say... What I meant was.... Ok, you got me.

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 Dec 03, 2018 at 10:41 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

What was so wrong?
Y can Bibi come to the US capitol and speak freely against OUR siting president in the name of ALL Jews? Whats the damn difference? Somehow everyone gets jittery when spoken about Israel. Israel absolutely does not represent authentic Judaism and this whole fiasco just spikes antisemitism. LEave him alone! Who cares what a goy said? Israel always junps onto anything negativly said about them and makes sure they have hell to pay. We suffer more from the anointed ones in israel than the few that speak their minds. IGNORE THEM!

we should ignore you and your anti Israel ilk go live in gaza with your hamas buddies they also want Israel destroyed

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 Dec 03, 2018 at 11:18 AM Shimon Says:

I'll never forget his insistence on the old O'Reilly show that Farrakhan was not anti-semitic.
A fast-talking charlatan leftist, awarded a Phd by an ivy league school that celebrates "diversity." A shanda!

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 Dec 03, 2018 at 11:49 AM Judith Says:

It's actually a surprise to see CNN so proactive

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 Dec 03, 2018 at 02:41 PM AYidle Says:

In 1966 the Arabs had the borders of the pre-1967 lines, and these "peace loving people ", went to war against Israel .

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 Dec 03, 2018 at 02:43 PM Anonymous Says:

To #7- O'Reilly was a sexual pervert, who used to suck up to Mark Lamont Hill, always addressing him as "Doctor".

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 Dec 03, 2018 at 09:39 PM puppydogs Says:

Poor Hashomer his favorite CNN reporter is now unemployed for his hatred of Jews, Israel and President Trump.

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