The Left isn’t much for Israel. And that includes, apparently, Marc Lamont Hill.
On Wednesday, while speaking to the United Nations, the CNN commentator appeared to endorse violence against Israel, using a phrase which reportedly refers to the tiny country’s destruction.
On the U.N.’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Hill had this to say:
“Contrary to Western mythology, black resistance to American apartheid did not come purely through Gandhi and non-violence. 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.”
Okay, so exclusively peaceful resistance is for the birds. Therefore…
“If we are in true solidarity with the Palestinian people, we must allow the Palestinian people the same range of opportunity and political possibility. 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 non-violence 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.”
The particularly disturbing part of Hill’s remarks came when he championed commitment to action:
“[We must] 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.”
The Anti-Defamation League’s Sharon Nazarian — senior vice president for international affairs — told the Jewish Journal that the phrase “from the river to the sea” refers to the end of Israel:
“Those calling for ‘from the river to the sea’ are calling for an end to the State of Israel.”
The Washington Examiner confirms:
“The phrase ‘from the river to the sea’ has been a rallying cry for Hamas and other terrorist groups seeking the elimination of Israel, as a Palestinian state stretching from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea would mean that Israel would be wiped off the map.”
Such an idea isn’t misaligned with accusations in the past. In May of 2017, The Algemeine posted the piece “Yes, Marc Lamont Hill Is an Antisemite.” Two months earlier, the Times of Israel ran “Marc Lamont Hill’s Curious Hypocrisy on Racism in the Middle East.”
Here’s more from Hill’s speech, courtesy of Arutz Sheva — IsraelNationalNews.com:
“‘The Israeli nation continues to restrict freedom,’ Hill stated. ‘There are more than 60 Israel laws that deny citizenship rights to Palestinians just because they are not Jewish.’
“He called the ‘Israeli criminal justice system’ a ‘term I can only use with irony,’ as ‘Palestinians are routinely denied due process of law.’
“Hill further accused Israel of turning Gaza into ‘the world’s largest open-air prison.'”
Trump's position on Israel/Palestine is repugnant. His call for Palestine to "reject hatred and terrorism" is offensive & counterproductive.
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) May 3, 2017
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) November 28, 2018
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