Marc Lamont Hill ‘goes full Farrakhan,’ puts CNN in the hotseat after disturbing ‘anti-Semitic’ rant

CNN, which has faced stinging criticism over the past year for its various contributors’ increasingly racially charged rhetoric, has found itself under the spotlight again — this time for anti-semitism.

Speaking Wednesday at a United Nations-organized observance event for the terrorist-affiliated Palestinians, CNN political commentator Marc Lamont Hill appeared to endorse violent resistance against Israel and call for the 70-year nation state’s elimination.

In a speech delivered at the event’s opening meeting, he specifically argued that the Palestinians should be allowed to use methods of violent resistance to combat their alleged oppression by the Israelis.



“Contrary to western mythology, black resistance to American apartheid did not come purely through Ghandi and nonviolence. 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,” he said, adding that Palestinians should be permitted to pursue such tactics as well.

“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.”

The U.N. must in particular stop endorsing “narrow politics that shames Palestinians for resisting, for refusing to do nothing in ethnic cleansing,” Hill concluded, adding that true “justice” requires “a free Palestine from the river to the sea.”

The seemingly innocuous phrase “from the river to the sea” is a known rallying cry used by anti-Israel terrorist groups that seek that nation state’s annihilation. Even CNN admits as much, ironically enough.

In a column for CNN last year, Jonathan Cristol of the World Policy Institute noted that calls for the “full and complete liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea” are nothing more than “poetic code for ‘the destruction of Israel.'”

During Hill’s speech Wednesday, the CNN commentator also compared the alleged injustices against the Palestinians to the alleged injustice surrounding deceased Missouri suspect Michael Brown’s death.



A Ferguson police officer justifiably shot and killed Brown four years ago when the 18-year-old suspect lunged at him. The justified shooting wound up triggering mass protests based on a since-bunked claim that Brown had raised his hands and shouted “don’t shoot” prior to his death.

In one final act of antisemitism against Israel, Hill revealed Wednesday that he’d been boycotting the nation state’s drinking water.



The abundance of antisemitic rhetoric from Hill provoked scathing backlash from numerous Jewish figures of prominence, including Sharon Nazarian of the Anti-Defamation League and Anne Bayefsky of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust.

“Those calling for ‘from the river to the sea’ are calling for an end to the State of Israel,” Nazarian said in an email to the Jewish Journal. “It is a shame that once again, this annual event at the United Nations does not promote constructive pathways to ‘Palestinian solidarity’ and a future of peace, but instead divisive and destructive action against Israel.”

Nazarian concurred, telling Arutz Sheva that Hill’s “especially obscene” rhetoric — and the reaction it engendered from his audience — was another sign of how far the U.N. has fallen.

“CNN commentator and Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill’s call at the United Nations for the destruction of the Jewish state was not some accident. He didn’t misspeak. He was an invited guest. He was the only person invited to speak as ‘the’ representative of ‘civil society,'” she said.

“When he ended his extraordinary tirade with ‘Give us a free Palestine from the river to the sea’ his words were met by a round of applause. The only applause for any speaker.”

Hill responded to the criticism from these two and others in a series of tweets Wednesday.


The responses he received suggested few cared for his “excuses,” and many wanted to know if Hill’s employer, CNN would hold him accountable:


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