Marc Lamont Hill fired from CNN amid accusations of anti-Semitism that he denies

“I do not support anti-Semitism, killing Jewish people, or any of the other things attributed to my speech. I have spent my life fighting these things," Hill tweeted Thursday.

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Marc Lamont Hill spoke publicly on Friday morning on The Breakfast Club for the first time since being let go by CNN following his controversial speech to the United Nations. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for BET Networks)


 

CNN cut ties with Marc Lamont Hill after he made comments about Israel and Palestine in a speech at the United Nations on Wednesday.

A CNN spokesperson told Mediaite Thursday that Hill was no longer under contract. But Hill vehemently denied being anti-Semitic, taking to social media to make his case.

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The incident began when he said during a speech Wednesday: “We have an opportunity to not just offer solidarity in words but to commit to political action, grass-roots 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.”

The “from the river to the sea” line was the problem because it is a phrase that has been used by Hamas and other anti-Israel terrorist groups. The National Council of Young Israel and Anti-Defamation League condemned the remark as anti-Semitic.

“I support Palestinian freedom,” Hill tweeted. “I do not support anti-Semitism, killing Jewish people, or any of the other things attributed to my speech. I have spent my life fighting these things.”

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“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,” he continued. “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.

Here are the tweets:

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