CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill was fired on Thursday, following comments he made about Israel, during a speech at a United Nations assembly.
Hill, a media studies professor at Temple University, in Pennsylvania, was criticized for calling for a â€śfree Palestine from the river to the seaâ€ť during his speech.
The words drew criticism from several conservatives and advocates for Israel, who claimed that such remarks â€śechoed language used by Hamas and other groups that seek to eliminate Israel.â€ť
Hill posted on his Twitter account, fighting back at the criticism, “I support Palestinian freedom. I support Palestinian self-determination. I am deeply critical of Israeli policy and practice. I do not support anti-Semitism, killing Jewish people, or any of the other things attributed to my speech. I have spent my life fighting these things.”
He added, â€śAt no point did I endorse, support, or even mention Hamas. This is dishonest. I was very clear in my comments about desiring freedom, justice, and self-determination for EVERYONE.â€ť
He also explained that the â€śriver to the seaâ€ť phrase dates to the early 20th century and â€śhas never been the exclusive province of a particular ideological camp.â€ť
â€śThis means that all areas of historic Palestine â€” e.g., West Bank, Gaza, Israel â€” must be spaces of freedom, safety, and peace for Palestinians.â€ť
Hill stressed, â€śThe idea that this is a Hamas phrase is simply untrue.â€ť