In a speech to the United Nations on Wednesday, CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill said Palestinians ought to be able to violently resist to effectively eliminate the state of Israel. Hill compared the plight of the Palestinians to that of enslaved African Americans, saying Palestinians ought to be able to use violence to “defend” themselves from Israel.
“Contrary to Western mythology, black resistance to American apartheid did not come purely through Gandhi and nonviolence,” Hill said. “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. We must allow, if we were 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 Palestinian people, we must recognize the right of an occupied people to defend itself,” Hill said. “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.”
“To commit to political action, grassroots action, local action, an international action that will give us what justice requires,” he concluded. “And that is a free Palestine from the river to the sea.”
As The Federalist’s David Marcus noted, the phrase “a free Palestine, from the river to the sea” has been frequently used by Hamas and other terror groups in their calls to wipe Israel off the map.
During his remarks, Hill poured himself a glass of water, explaining that he was very thirsty because he had just stepped off of a plane from Palestine and had been boycotting Isreali water during his trip.
CNN’s Marc Lamont Hill also said at the U.N. that he refuses to drink Israel’s water pic.twitter.com/r5DbcX0Qdn
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 29, 2018
Hill has a long friendship with known anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, who recently used an image of the two of them together to promote an album. After Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic comments received new attention after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburg, Hill asked that the photo be taken down.
“Hill told The Wrap that he didn’t ‘want to be used to promote anybody’s materials,’ and that he would ‘ask for it to be taken down as I don’t think it’s consistent with my values and my professional standards,'” Breitbart reported.
Last May, Hill called President Trump’s rhetoric condemning terrorist organizations in Palestine “offensive and counter productive.”
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