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 âfree Palestine from the river to the seaâ during his speech.
The words drew criticism from several conservatives and advocates for Israel, who claimed that such remarks âechoed language used by Hamas and other groups that seek to eliminate Israel.â
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, âAt 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
He also explained that the âriver to the seaâ phrase dates to the early 20th century and âhas never been the exclusive province of a particular ideological camp.â
âThis 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
Hill stressed, âThe idea that this is a Hamas phrase is simply untrue.â