CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill After Urging Countries to Boycott Israel

CNN sacks contributor after ‘anti-Semitic’ pro Palestinian speech at UN

CNN has parted ways with contributor Marc Lamont Hill after a speech the college professor made on Israel and Palestine at the United Nations.

Activist and author Marc Lamont Hill is in a media firestorm after making what some are calling controversial comments about Israel.

"There's no way that he should be allowed to be a commentator on any kind of network", Dershowitz also declared, calling Hill "the David Duke of the hard-Left on anti-Israel groups".

Hill, a Philadelphia native and a graduate of both Temple and the University of Pennsylvania, was speaking at the U.N. International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Wednesday.

The comments sparked an immediate backlash from those who believed "from the river to the sea" is a phrase used by Hamas and other anti-Israel groups, and implies the replacement of Israel by a Palestine stretching from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

"This includes their support, contrary to worldwide law, for moving the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; blaming unarmed peaceful protesters in Gaza for their deaths at the hands of the Israeli army; and actively supporting legislation that impinges on the constitutional right to boycott" added the JVP, in its statement.

In a series of tweets, Hill responded to the criticism, saying the interpretation of his reference to "from sea to the river" was misleading.

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The vote on Thursday will follow the adoption in the assembly of about a dozen resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that condemn Israeli settlements and call for progress toward the two-state solution.

With this in mind, Hill's bravery at the United Nations should be the rule not the exception; apartheid is the most accurate description of Israel's rule in the oPt and demanding that Palestinians should be freed from it and be made equal to all people is not radical at all.

Those comments were interpreted by some Jewish supporters as a call for the eradication of Israel.

"It is intolerable that Hill, who describes himself as 'one of the leading intellectual voices in the country, ' has enjoyed important platforms to spread his ignorant and bigoted views", said B'nai B'rith. "I am deeply critical of Israeli policy and practice", Hill continued in a later post.

The backlash from pro-Israel groups over Hill's comments was nearly immediate.

'This comes as the USA and Israel were defeated by Lebanon [in 2006] and recently by [Hamas in] Gaza in a very short period of time, ' he said, referring to the October Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip. The speech very clearly and specifically said those things.

The UN chief further called on Hamas to prevent violent actions and provocations, but at the same time noted "Palestinians in Gaza have legitimate grievances and the right to demonstrate peacefully". "I have spent my life fighting these things".

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