Good to see Temple University isn’t piling on.
I posted his UN address on Facebook. My accompanying post:
Marc Lamont Hill was fired as a CNN commentator on Thursday, after he called earlier in the week for a one-state solution in Palestine and Israel. While speaking at a United Nations event honoring international solidarity with the Palestinian people, Temple University Professor Hill stated, “We have an opportunity to not just offer solidarity in words but to 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.”
I have given up on the notion that a “Two-State Solution” between Israel and some sort of Palestine is actually in the works. The “Peace Process” is gone. Over. All prominent Israeli politicians say as much. The divergence there is in how to deal with the remaining non-citizen Palestinians.
Increasingly, the possibility of Israel becoming even more apartheid than it already is – both in the Occupied Territories and 1967-era Israel – only grows, as Israeli politics becomes more hard right and pro-settlement expansion.
Simultaneously, the BDS Movement in solidarity with the Palestinian people is slowly gaining traction, even in the face of political opposition, both in the USA and elsewhere. The British Quakers endorsed BDS just this past month.
Commentator Brown was fired for expressing the truth: There can only be a one-state solution unless one accepts the suffocation of any rational Palestinian aspirations for a sense of place to replace what has clearly been stolen from them.
A commenter asked:
What is it that CNN says he did wrong? I mean, they didn’t like what he said, but are they claiming some kind of breach of contract?
I haven’t seen details of his contract. His expressing of a wish for unification of the Palestinian and Israeli people into one nation is seen by many militant Zionists as anti-Semitic, as it would end the religious-theological supremacism and racial singularity of Jews in Israel and the Occupied Territories. Why some consider this viewpoint to be anti-Semitic is an important issue in current affairs, both in Israel-Palestine and other countries, particularly, the English speaking countries and Western Europe. Artists, intellectuals and politicians who express solidarity for Palestinians from any viewpoint not pre-approved by some flavor of Zionists risk a lot.
Prof. Hill isn’t afraid of taking risks. And, he isn’t going away.