CNN fires Marc Lamont Hill following controversial Israel comments


Mediaite reported first on Thursday that Hill had been dismissed, quoting a CNN spokesman with a one-sentence statement: "Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN".

CNN has sacked political commentator Marc Lamont Hill after he gave a pro-Palestinian speech at the United Nations, where he called for justice for Palestinians and said there needs to be "a free Palestine from the river to the sea." .

The network did not give a reason, but the move comes amid objections to Hill's speech by the Anti-Defamation League and other groups.

The comments were immediately condemned by critics who said Hill was calling for the end of the Israeli state.

Soon CNN announced that Hill - described on his CNN profile as one of the "leading intellectual voices in the country" - was sacked by the news network.

Lamont Hill defended his remarks in a string of tweets in which he argued the phrase predates Hamas by some 50 years and has a variety of meanings.

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The Palestinians will not accept any peace settlement with Israel without Jerusalem as the capital of an independent Palestinian state, a Palestinian official said Wednesday.

Temple University Media Relations confirmed to Campus Reform Thursday that Hill is now employed by the university.

"Calling out the oppressive policies in Israel, advocating for Palestinians to be respected, and for Israelis and Palestinians alike to have peace and freedom is not antisemitic", Rashida Tlaib said. The speech very clearly and specifically said those things. More to the point, like all such calls for justice, it requires those with power to abdicate it. Since no honest person could derive anti-Semitism or genocide from a "free Palestine", I won't dignify those accusations with a rebuttal.

DescribingCNN's decision to terminate Hill as "shameful and cowardly,"The Intercept's Glenn Greenwaldarguedthat Hill's firing "is a major defeat for the right to advocate for Palestinian rights, to freely critique the Israeli government, and for the ability of journalism and public discourse in the USA generally to accommodate dissent". In these conditions, where the principle of accountability is ignored, justice and peace will remain elusive and the culture of impunity will be further entrenched, threatening not only regional peace and security but also undermining the global legal and political order".

"If we're to operate in true solidarity with Palestinian people we must allow the Palestinian people the same range of opportunity and political possibility", he said in the speech, shared on Twitter. "I have spent my life fighting these things".

Hill has not responded to Campus Reform's request for comment.