by Walter W. Murray, reporter
It is no wonder why CNN has seen their ratings plunging in the ratings after the “fake news” network was just forced to fire one of its contributors after he was caught spewing vile anti-Israel propaganda.
Marc Lamont Hill accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” and even used a phrase loved by terrorists at a United Nations event in New York.
And while he said he advocated for peace, he added that “we must not romanticize or fetishize it.”
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“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,” he said.
Critics called that a not-so-subtle endorsement of violent resistance to Israel.
But it’s another phrase that’s gained the most attention: he called for “a free Palestine from the river to the sea.”
The “river” refers to the Jordan, which largely makes up Israel’s eastern border. The “sea” is of course the Mediterranean, which is the western boundary.
“Let’s be clear: ‘from the river to the sea’ is an open call for Israel’s destruction, echoing the most extreme, violent, and hateful elements in the Arab-Israeli conflict,” the American Jewish Committee said in a statement.
Indeed, the phrase “from the river to the sea” has been a rallying cry of Hamas terrorists and other anti-Israel organizations for years.
Hill claims he only meant that he wants justice from the “river to the sea.”
“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 said via Twitter. “My reference to ‘river to the sea’ was not a call to destroy anything or anyone. It was a call for justice, both in Israel and in the West Bank/Gaza. The speech very clearly and specifically said those things.”
He noted that the phrase predates Hamas, which is true.
But it’s just as true that the phrase is now so closely associated with Hamas that it’s perfectly valid for critics to consider it a “dog whistle” to those who oppose Israel.
And that has Jewish organizations rightfully outraged.
“Marc Lamont Hill is a confirmed anti-Zionist ideologue,” Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper told the Jewish Journal. “His extremist, anti-peace views merit coverage on CNN, not as a paid pundit but as a supreme propagandist unfettered by facts.”
Anne Bayefsky, director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, called Hill’s speech “especially obscene” and noted that the entire event at the United Nations exposes the organization’s violent anti-Israel bias.
“Hill’s call at the United Nations for the destruction of the Jewish state was not some accident,” she told Fox News. “He didn’t misspeak. He was an invited guest. He was the only person invited to speak as ‘the’ representative of ‘civil society.’ When he ended his extraordinary tirade with ‘Give us a free Palestine from the river to the sea’ his words were met by a round of applause. The only applause for any speaker.”
Dani Dayan, the consul general of Israel in New York, slammed Hill via Twitter:
Lamont Hill called for the elimination of the State of Israel from the map. Previously he expressed his admiration for antisemite Louis Farrakhan. MLH is a racist, a bigot, an antisemite. The fact that he is all this while in the payroll of @CNN and @TempleUniv is appalling
— Dani Dayan (@AmbDaniDayan) November 29, 2018
After facing mounting pressure on social media, CNN fired Hill.
“Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN,” the network told Fox News.
He remains employed at Temple University.
“Marc Lamont Hill does not represent Temple University and his views are his own,” the university told The Hill. “However, we acknowledge that he has a constitutionally protected right to express his opinion as a private citizen.”
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— Walter W. Murray is a reporter for The Horn News. He is an outspoken conservative and a survival expert, and is the author of “America’s Final Warning.”