After CNN Firing, Marc Lamont Hill Blames Israel for Police Killings of Black People, Opposes Renouncing Farrakhan

The “mainstream” left doesn’t even attempt to hide its hate, intolerance and racism. These are indeed astonishing times we are living in. The very anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan enjoys mainstream acceptance today, and no one on the left says a word in protest. He was at Aretha Franklin’s funeral, alongside Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Bill Clinton — all of whom stood center stage. And now this. Hill dares to compare this Jew-hater with Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly — I’m no fan of O’Reilly either, but that’s absurd. And at the same time, Twitter removes conservatives for the slightest infraction, real or trumped-up, but Farrakhan continues to spew his venom unhindered.

After CNN Firing, Marc Lamont Hill Blames Israel for Police Killings of Black People, Opposes Renouncing Farrakhan,” by Shiri Moshe, Algemeiner, December 17, 2018:

Marc Lamont Hill, a tenured professor at Temple University who recently lost his contract as a CNN commentator for comments denounced as antisemitic, blamed Israel on Friday for police violence in the United States and rejected calls to denounce Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

Speaking on “The Breakfast Club” radio program, Hill addressed the controversy stemming from his November 28 speech at the United Nations, in which he endorsed the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel in pursuit of “a free Palestine from the river to the sea” — a call typically used by Arab nationalist and Islamist groups to advocate for the establishment of a Palestinian state from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, in place of Israel. The BDS campaign itself is often criticized for rejecting the Jewish people’s right to self-determination and denying Jewish indigeneity to the Levant.

In his UN speech, Hill also did not rule out violence as a means of Palestinian “resistance,” suggesting that as “black resistance to American apartheid did not come purely through Gandhi and nonviolence … we must allow the Palestinian people the same range of opportunity and political possibility.”

The Temple University Board of Trustees condemned Hill over these comments, but did not move to fire him. An online petition calling for his dismissal has reached over 2800 signatures.

Speaking on Friday, the professor reiterated that his “river to the sea” comment was not a call for Israel’s destruction, and argued that the phrase was “not a commonly accepted dog-whistle.”

“I don’t want any harm to happen to Jewish people, I don’t want the destruction of Jewish people,” he said.

Hill again endorsed a “one-state” solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in which Israel would become a bi-national, Palestinian-majority state. “For me democracy is one-state, everybody lives in it, everybody can vote, and it’s not ruled by religion — it’s not a Jewish state, it’s not a Muslim sate, it’s not a Christian state, it is, in fact, a secular state,” he said.

Touching on past controversies, Hill also criticized the idea that he should denounce Farrakhan — who he previously called “a hero to Blacks of all religions” — for railing against “Satanic Jews” and calling gay relationships “degenerate crap,” among other controversial comments.

Agreeing that one could “love” Farrakhan, but not like something that he said, Hill explained that he maintained two “key issues” of disagreement with the Nation of Islam leader: “The question of antisemitism — what constitutes it and what the boundaries are — and … LGBT issues.”

“For some reason, if you meet with Minister Farrakhan and you don’t throw him away wholesale, then you’re castigated in a way that doesn’t happen with anybody else,” Hill argued.

“I worked on Fox News for many years. No one ever said, ‘Why are you sitting with Bill O’reilly? Why are you sitting with Sean Hannity? Why are you sitting with Ann Coulter?’ No one ever said that,” he recounted. “And I’m not comparing Farrakhan to them, except to say, that if you think [he’s] extreme, I think they’re extreme.”

“Why is only one set of people untouchable?” He asked. “And why does every black leader have to ritually denounce Farrakhan in order to sustain a position? That doesn’t happen to anyone else.”…

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