Last Wednesday, Temple University professor and former CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill gave a now-infamous speech to the United Nations on International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
His conclusion sent shockwaves through the Jewish community. At the end of his impassioned speech condemning Israel, he suggested that there is a place for resistance outside of non-violence, endorsed the BDS movement and called for “a free Palestine from the river to the sea.”
Critics of his speech attributed to Hill a call for violence against Israel’s Jewish population.
Some commentators even went so far as to charge that he had promoted genocide.
In the immediate aftermath, Temple University’s board chair accused Hill of hate speech and CNN severed ties with him, though media watchers suggest that this latest incident was not the main cause of his termination, but rather the straw that broke the camel’s back.
At first, Hill dug in.
Read the op-ed online at The Forward.