CNN Commentator (Kinda) Apologizes for Calling for Murder of Jews


A professor of media studies at Temple University and a CNN commentator has apologized for remarks he made that called for the murder of Jews.

Marc Lamont Hill made the remarks last week in front of a United Nations panel. At the time, he called for the liberation of Palestine from "the river to the sea" a well known phrase that means Arab Palestine in all the land of historic Israel, sans Jews.

Now, Hill says he didn't mean it that way. Further, the man who praised Louis Farrakhan says he isn't an anti-Semite.

Throughout my career, I have done my best to identify and uproot anti-Semitism in every political and social movement of which I have been part. One simply cannot be committed to social justice and not be committed to battling anti-Semitism.

To the specific charges, Hill says he didn't know that the phrase he used was so offensive to Jews.

Critics of this phrase have suggested that I was calling for violence against Jewish people. In all honesty, I was stunned, and saddened, that this was the response. My use of "river to the sea" was an invocation of a long history of political actors – liberal and radical, Palestinian and Israeli – who have called for their particular vision of justice in the area from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

Notice the obfuscatory academic language. What's more shocking, that he made the statement or that an academic with a major media post doesn't realize that his statement was offensive and racist?



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