Group calls for firing of CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill for ‘virulent anti-Semitism’
“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.
“The virulent anti-Semitism spewed by Marc Lamont Hill is abhorrent, and his senseless promotion of violence against Israel is repugnant,” said the National Council of Young Israel on Wednesday. “With his racist views and unabashed denigration of Israel, Dr. Hill does not deserve to be given any sort of platform that facilitates the dissemination of his bigotry, whether it be on Cable TV or in a classroom.”
“Marc Lamont Hill has been quoted extensively over the last 24 hours,” the university wrote in a statement. “Marc Lamont Hill does not represent Temple University and his views are his own.”
“However, we acknowledge that he has a constitutionally protected right to express his opinion as a private citizen.”
Hill did not immediately reply to a request for comment from The Hill.
The Anti-Defamation League has also condemned Hill, calling the comments “divisive and destructive against Israel.”
“Those calling for ‘from the river to the sea’ are calling for an end to the State of Israel,” wrote ADL Senior Vice President Sharon Nazarian to the Jewish Journal. “It is a shame that once again, this annual event at the United Nations does not promote constructive pathways to ‘Palestinian solidarity’ and a future of peace, but instead divisive and destructive action against Israel.”
In a series of tweets, Hill staunchly defended the remarks, calling the criticism “silly and inaccurate.”
“This is silly. And inaccurate. ‘River to the sea’ is a phrase that precedes Hamas by more than 50 years. It also has a variety of meanings. In my remarks, which you clearly didn’t hear, I was talking about full citizenship rights IN Israel and a redrawing of the pre-1967 borders,” he wrote.
This is silly. And inaccurate. “River to the sea” is a phrase that precedes Hamas by more than 50 years. It also has a variety of meanings. In my remarks, which you clearly didn’t hear, I was talking about full citizenship rights IN Israel and a redrawing of the pre-1967 borders. https://t.co/6jFN22mTcq
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) November 28, 2018
— Updated at 4:20 p.m.
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