Thursday, November 29, 2018

CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill After Comments About Palestine
By NewsOne Staff

Watch the actual address before the United Nations on Wed. Nov. 28, 2018 at the link below:

During a speech at the United Nations on Wednesday, author and activist Marc Lamont Hill spoke out about the treatment of Palestinians in Israel. The comments have received backlash and he has been fired from CNN.

Hill said, “We have an opportunity to not just offer solidarity in words but to commit to political action, grassroots action, local action, and international action that will give us what justice requires and that is a free Palestine from the river to the sea.”

He also said, “Contrary to western mythology, Black resistance to American apartheid did not come purely through Ghandi and nonviolence, rather slave revolts and self-defense and tactics otherwise divergent from Dr. King or Mahatma Gandhi were equally important to preserving safety and attaining freedom. If we are to operate in true solidarity with the Palestinian people, we must allow the Palestinian people the same range of opportunity and political possibility.”

Hill continued, “If we are standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people, we must recognize the right of an occupied people to defend itself. We must prioritize peace, but we must not romanticize or fetishize it. We must advocate and promote nonviolence at every opportunity, but we cannot endorse a narrow politics of respectability that shames Palestinians for resisting, for refusing to do nothing in the face of state violence and ethnic cleansing.”

Some felt like Hill was calling for violence and were offended by the term “from the river to the sea.” Newsweek reports, “‘From the river to the sea’ is a phrase often used by groups, including Hamas, who wish to remove Israel and replace the country with a Palestinian state that would stretch from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.”

Hill was challenged with this on Twitter. He responded by Tweeting, “.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.”

1 comment:

Bongo said...

The decision of CNN to fire Marc Lamont Hill, a professor and political activist and one of its for commentator for his decision to explicitly express solidarity with the Palestinian people and to be critical of the Israeli government demonstrates CNN’s lack of commitment to freedom of speech and the 1st Ammendment of the US Constitution it claims to embrace.

Further, CNN’s firing of Hill also exposes a further lie of the bourgeois press, namely, its commitment to reporting the truth about the conditions of the world’s peoples in their battles to secure their liberation from imperialism and in the case of the Palestinian people their battles against the Zionist arm of imperialism.

Finally, CNN’s firing of Marc Lamont Hill for his stance of solidarity with the Palestinian people also shows the power of Zionism over the bourgeois media in the US.

After all, CNN employs some of the most Zionist folks such as their famous anchor, Mr. Wolf Blitzer.

Frankly, I am not at all surprised abut CNN’s action though I would equally not be surprised had MSNBC, ABC, CBS or any of the other US media outlets taken the same action against one of their commentators for speaking the truth about Palestine or any other national or global issue.

Hopefully, the rest of America and the world who may have been misled by the US ruling class myth that the US media is committed to freedom of speech and the truth, will see for themselves the true mission of CNN and the other media houses, namely, that they exist to defend the interests of the US empire and the interests of the Zionists that are inimical to those of the Palestinians, the poor and working peoples everywhere!

Peace ☮️