Dr. Marc Lamont Hill has carved out a career as one of the more visible CNN commentators in recent times and has been applauded for his strong views and stances. However, the network fired Hill after comments he made about Israel and Palestine rubbed his bosses the wrong way apparently.
The Hill reports:
Hill had urged countries to boycott Israel in a speech at the U.N. on Wednesday, calling for a “free Palestine from the river to the sea.”
“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.
The phrase “from the river to the sea” is a phrase used by anti-Israel terror groups, including Hamas, that have stated it wants to replace Israel with a Palestinian state that would extend from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.
Hill’s use of the phrase sparked rapid criticism and outrage from a variety of sources, including the Anti-Defamation League and the National Council of Young Israel on Thursday.
Reaction to Hill’s firing has been rapid, and his name has become a top trending topic on Twitter where the discussion is still quite robust. We’ve captured some of the comments via the social media network below.
CNN firing Marc Lamont Hill is a disgrace. Criticizing Israeli occupation is not antisemitic. Rather, it's the result of understanding & bearing witness to decades of brutality, subjugation and apartheid that has no regard for international law. What happened to #FactsFirst?— francesca fiorentini (@franifio) November 29, 2018
CNN fired its only good commentator, Marc Lamont Hill, because he criticized Israel's violations of international law and called for "a single secular democratic state for everyone"— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) November 29, 2018
Opposing apartheid and supporting secular democracy is a fireable offense https://t.co/nX1hv4PDF5
Disgusting for Marc Lamont Hill to mildly criticize Israel and suggest Palestinians have equal rights.— Secular Talk🎙 (@KyleKulinski) November 29, 2018
Marc Lamont Hill has a PhD from Penn, this guy who works at a phony right wing think tank has a BA from GW pic.twitter.com/iL8q1kHjrl— Almaqah (@_Almaqah) November 28, 2018
This is despicable. @marclamonthill's been fired from CNN for supporting Palestinian rights after an uproar by some of the same people who have HELPED USHER NAZISM IN TO AMERICA.https://t.co/O73K9bgiul— Eli Valley (@elivalley) November 29, 2018
Supporting the rights of the Palestinian people is not an antisemitic opinion, and shame on CNN for acting as though it is. https://t.co/JUJJF20t9G— Jonathan "Boo and Vote" Cohn (@JonathanCohn) November 29, 2018
What a disgraceful day for journalism. @CNN & @FoxNews r in agreement over equating Palestinian human rights with Jewish bigotry. Ur regressing our collective fight 4 freedom & punishing @marclamonthill 4 speaking on behalf of majority of world outside US https://t.co/FCaolyqo4V— Noura Erakat (@4noura) November 29, 2018
Can't wait for all the right-wing free speech warrior to mount a passionate defense of Marc Lamont Hill!— Secular Talk🎙 (@KyleKulinski) November 29, 2018
Woooooo so relieved @CNN got rid of Marc Lamont Hill now we can enjoy your endless parade of diet nazi pundits uninterrupted— Openly Black Studs Twerkel. (@thewayoftheid) November 29, 2018
Professor Marc Lamont Hill was fired by CNN for speaking out for Palestinian rights, against Israeli injustices, and for equality for all. Sadly the Palestine exception is alive and well. #IStandWithMLH https://t.co/0cF2yx9ojD— Palestine Legal (@pal_legal) November 29, 2018
Outraged to hear that @CNN fired Marc Lamont Hill for advocating for Palestinian rights in a speech to the UN. Calling for Palestinians to have equal rights in their ancestral lands is NOT racism or anti-Semitism. Shame on Israel’s speech suppression lobbyists and shame on CNN! https://t.co/bFCGte2lJ7— Rania Khalek (@RaniaKhalek) November 29, 2018
CNN fired Marc Lamont Hill, but giving shows and airtime to alt-right figures on a regular basis is OK apparently.— Torraine Walker (@TorraineWalker) November 29, 2018