Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill After Anti-Israel Comments

CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill After Anti-Israel Comments

CNN fired political commentator Marc Lamont Hill on Thursday, the day after he said at the United Nations that there needs to be "a free Palestine from the river to the sea", which was interpreted as meaning the need for the end of Israel, Mediaite reported.

He accused the Israeli government of "normalizing settler colonialism" and called for a "free Palestine from the river to the sea," a remark that got applause from participating diplomats.

Hill, who is also a professor at Temple University, denied that that was his intention. For Israel, he added, "It's very symbolic to have this resolution presented with the support of the European Union".

Hill has since taken to Twitter to elaborate on his controversial statement. "However, we acknowledge that he has a constitutionally protected right to express his opinion as a private citizen", a Temple spokesperson told Fox News.

CNN fired contributor Marc Lamont Hill after public outrage followed upon incendiary comments he made about the country of Israel.

Now, Hamas and other terror groups have incorporated "from the river to the sea" into their battle cries while calling for the destruction of Israel.

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Hill had come under criticism for his remarks during a Wednesday meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

"If we are in true solidarity, we must allow the Palestinian people the same range of opportunity and political possibility".

"This year marks the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of Oslo Accords which remind us that a lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict can only be achieved by peaceful means through dialogue and negotiations", he said. "It was a call for justice, both in Israel and in the West Bank/Gaza", he wrote.

Hill was challenged with this on Twitter.

Media watchdogs pointed out that Hill's controversial comment at the United Nations didn't jibe with CNN's anti-hate programming.

"Palestine is ours, from the river to the sea and from the south to the north", said Meshaal in a speech before tens of thousands of cheering supporters at a "victory" rally in Gaza City in 2012.

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