[News] Marc Lamont Hill politically lynched for telling truth about Palestine

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  Marc Lamont Hill politically lynched for telling truth about Palestine

Ali Abunimah <https://electronicintifada.net/people/ali-abunimah> - 30 
November 2018


Marc Lamont Hill <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/marc-lamont-hill> 
gave a beautiful speech at a United Nations event 
<https://www.un.org/press/en/2018/gapal1417.doc.htm> marking the 
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People this week.

For this, the Temple University professor and long-time advocate for 
Palestinian rights has been the target of an orchestrated political 
lynching by Israel lobby groups.

Smeared as an anti-Semite and grotesquely and falsely accused 
of calling for genocide against Jews, Hill was fired from his role as a 
political commentator for CNN.

The same 
Israel lobby operatives who bullied CNN into ending Hill’s contract are 
also demanding 
<https://twitter.com/NCYIYoungIsrael/status/1067938412295069696> that he 
be fired from his teaching position.

The university has rebuffed 
these calls, citing Hill’s “constitutionally protected right to express 
his opinion as a private citizen.”

The accusations against Marc Lamont Hill are outright lies promoted by 
high-level <https://twitter.com/AdamMilstein/status/1068216460269383680> 
operatives <https://twitter.com/AliAbunimah/status/1068306176633376768> 
of the Israel lobby in their latest effort to silence and punish anyone 
who dares speak out in support of Palestinian equality and freedom from 
Israel’s brutal regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid.

They perfectly match the kind of smear and sabotage tactics revealed in 
the censored Al Jazeera documentary on the US Israel lobby that was 
recently published in full by The Electronic Intifada 

Israel and its lobby see solidarity 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/black-palestine> for Palestine from 
Black people as a particularly dangerous threat 
to be combatted with special zeal 
It is no wonder that Jackie Walker 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/jackie-walker>, a Black Jewish 
anti-Zionist activist in Britain’s Labour Party, has likened the 
years-long smear campaign targeted at her by the Israel lobby to a 
lynching <https://jackiewalker.org/>.

At the top of this page is the full video of Hill’s UN speech, published 
by the anti-Palestinian group UN Watch 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/un-watch>, no doubt in an effort to 
embarrass him.

You can also read a transcript <http://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/38202>.

Anyone familiar with Israel lobby defamation campaigns will not be 
surprised to learn that there is not one word of bigotry and of course 
nothing that can remotely be construed as a call for genocide.

    Real solidarity

Rather, Marc Lamont Hill commits an even more unforgivable thought crime 
in the eyes of Israel and its lobby: he calls for effective solidarity 
with the Palestinian people on the basis that the full range of rights 
contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights should apply to 
them no less than to any other people.

Hill also draws on the Black history of struggle against American state 
racism as a source of inspiration for that solidarity. His own words are 
worth quoting at length:

    As a Black American, my understanding of action and solidarity
    action is rooted in our own tradition of struggle. As Black
    Americans resisted slavery, as well as Jim Crow laws that
    transformed us from a slave state to an apartheid state, we did so
    through multiple tactics and strategies. It is this array of tactics
    that I appeal to as I advocate for concrete action from all of us in
    this room.

    Solidarity from the international community demands that we embrace
    boycotts, divestment, and sanctions as a critical means by which to
    hold Israel accountable for its treatment of Palestinian people.
    This movement, which emerges out of the overwhelming majority of
    Palestinian civil society offers a nonviolent means by which to
    demand a return to the pre-1967 borders, full rights for Palestinian
    citizens and the right of return as dictated by international law.

    Solidarity demands that we no longer allow politicians or political
    parties to remain silent on the question of Palestine. We can no
    longer in particular allow the political left to remain radical or
    even progressive on every issue from the environment to war to the
    economy. To remain progressive on every issue except for Palestine.

    Contrary to Western mythology, Black resistance to American
    apartheid did not come purely through Gandhi and nonviolence.
    Rather, slave revolts and self-defense and tactics otherwise
    divergent from Dr. [Martin Luther] King or Mahatma Gandhi were
    equally important to preserving safety and attaining freedom.

    We must allow – if we are to operate in true solidarity with
    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 nonviolence 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.

Hill ended his speech with a call for “a free Palestine from the river 
to the sea.”

The political lynch mob tried to spin these words as a genocidal call 
for the destruction of Israel.

But they are a simple recognition of reality: historic Palestine – what 
is today Israel, the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip – is not free 
between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

    You can quote me: I call for the full liberation of Palestine from
    the river to the sea, an end to the Israeli Zionist system of
    occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid, and its replacement
    with democracy, equality and justice for Jews, Palestinians and all
    in that land. https://t.co/E1kHJEv4fM

    — Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) November 29, 2018

As a landmark UN report 
quickly withdrawn 
under Israel lobby pressure – documented last year, the entire territory 
and the entire Palestinian people are subject to an “apartheid regime.”

The report found “beyond a reasonable doubt that Israel is guilty of 
policies and practices that constitute the crimes of apartheid” as 
defined in international law.

With clarity and courage Marc Lamont Hill rightly stands by his 
principled words and we should stand by him – as many are doing.

Almost 5,000 people have already signed a petition 
demanding that CNN reinstate Hill.

    I believe in full rights for all citizens. I believe in safety for
    all citizens. I believe in self-determination for all citizens. This
    is not an anti-Semitic position.

    — Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) November 29, 2018

    My reference to “river to the sea” was not a call to destroy
    anything or anyone. It was a call for justice, both in Israel and in
    the West Bank/Gaza. The speech very clearly and specifically said
    those things. No amount of debate will change what I actually said
    or what I meant.

    — Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) November 29, 2018

    This isn’t a case of throwing rocks and hiding hands. I genuinely
    believe in the arguments and principles that I shared in the speech.
    I also genuinely want peace, freedom, and security for everyone.
    These are not competing ideals and values.

    — Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) November 29, 2018

    Marc Lamont Hill is an excellent scholar, a deeply ethical writer,
    and a terrific human being. CNN's decision to fire him is
    disgraceful and further evidence that Zionism is incompatible with
    free speech.

    — Steven Salaita (@stevesalaita) November 29, 2018

    Criticizing the actions of Israel is not anti-semitism. Since when
    is advocating for human rights a fireable offense? Join us in
    standing in solidarity with Dr. @MarcLamontHill

    — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 30, 2018

    I'm Black and Jewish and I agree with everything this article quotes
    <https://twitter.com/marclamonthill?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw> as saying
    in his speech to the UN. https://t.co/JFU1oVyYBG

    — Chanda Prescod-Weinstein 🙅🏽‍♀️ 🇧🇧🌈 (@IBJIYONGI) November 29,

    I had the opportunity to learn from @marclamonthill
    <https://twitter.com/marclamonthill?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw> this past
    summer in Jerusalem. Frustrated, angry, & disappointed at CNN for
    succumbing to pressure and firing Marc. Marc is dedicated to
    fighting for human rights, democracy, and just peace FOR ALL. (1/6)
    pic.twitter.com/BOMqJy1eFw <https://t.co/BOMqJy1eFw>

    — Will Yetvin (@ZYetvinator) November 30, 2018

    This is a disgrace. ⁦@marclamonthill
    <https://twitter.com/marclamonthill?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw>⁩ is a
    fierce advocate for justice & rights. #CNN
    <https://twitter.com/hashtag/CNN?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw> fires
    him for a speech he gave at the UN. Some pro-Israel groups protested
    & CNN buckled. There is no tolerance for open debate on #Palestinian
    rights. https://t.co/OCQBSXFvTd

    — James J. Zogby (@jjz1600) November 29, 2018

    — JewishVoiceForPeace (@jvplive) November 30, 2018

    Hi, I'm Jewish. All solidarity with @marclamonthill
    Criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitism. Real anti-Semitism is the
    assumption that all Jews are of one mind and abide - or even endorse
    - the horrific mistreatment of Palestinians. Shame on @CNN

    — Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) November 29, 2018

    Fake support for press freedom

Earlier this month, CNN and many of its defenders postured as defenders 
of press freedom and freedom of speech after the White House withdrew 
the pass of its correspondent Jim Acosta.

The Acosta affair was a cheap opportunity for pundits to pose as brave 
and courageous members of the #Resistance to Donald Trump.

But when freedom of speech really faces a test – as it so frequently 
does <https://ccrjustice.org/the-palestine-exception> when it comes to 
Palestine – don’t expect to find too many of the same voices demanding 
that Hill’s right to ask difficult questions be respected and protected.

    Mendacious liberal pundits who make careers of decrying
    "intolerance" on "the left" (while studiously ignoring the
    persecution of Israel's critics) are more responsible than anybody
    for the epidemic of Zionist suppression.

    — Steven Salaita (@stevesalaita) November 30, 2018

A critically important lesson from CNN’s firing of Marc Lamont Hill is 
that mainstream media will tolerate just about anything, from white 
to climate denial 
but never clear, open and principled support for Palestinian rights.

That is a systemic problem and it underscores that only truly 
independent media free from corporate and state control can guarantee us 
the right to speak freely about Palestine and advocate for its liberation.

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