CNN ends contract with contributor Mark Lamont Hill after speech on Israel

Rashida Tlaib Democratic candidate for Michigan's 13th Congressional District speaks at a rally in Dearborn Mich. Friday Oct. 26 2018

Academic Marc Lamont Hill lost his contract as a CNN contributor after a speech about Israel and Palestine that critics called anti-Semitic. Fox News host Ben Shapiro displayed some shameless hypocrisy in expressing outrage at what he deemed an anti-Semitic speech, despite Shapiro himself explicitly calling on Israel to ethnically cleanse the Palestinians (something Hill never even came close to).

Despite his clarifications, accusations of anti-Semitism continued to hit Hill, and CNN announced he was no longer at the company.

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.

Hill also defended himself on Twitter.

The United States has circulated a proposed U.N. resolution condemning the Palestinian militant group Hamas "for repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence" that puts civilians at risk. I talked about redrawing the 1967 borders.

Hill is still employed at Temple University, where he is a professor of media studies and urban education, which said in a statement that he did not represent the school but had a right to his own opinions. "It's baffling how people are not responding to the critique, but instead responding to things I didn't actually say". I support Palestinian self-determination.

The statement said "AU continues to call on the worldwide community to assume its full responsibilities vis-à-vis the question of Palestine and the implementation of the United Nations resolutions adopted from 1948 to date, to compel Israel to comply with the global law".

Slamming CNN for caving to right-wing defenders of Israel's decades-long occupation by firing a commentator for the crime of doing political commentary, Intercept journalist Ryan Grim began circulating a petition calling on the network to apologize and reverse its decision. "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 worldwide legal and political order".

"My reference to "river to the sea" was not a call to destroy anything or anyone", he wrote.

Tlaib has backed a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has also opposed US aid to Israel. Though Zionists in support of the Israeli government might oppose such calls for Palestinian equality, which are incompatible with the current political situation, there is no rational justification to suggest they are antisemitic. "I have spent my life fighting these things".

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