CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill, whose hatred of Israel was vehemently expressed on Wednesday when he implied to the United Nations that Israel should be destroyed, has a long history of anti-Semitism.
Most recently, in May 2018, Hill implied Israelis were murderers in the Huffington Post, writing of the Palestinians, “This is about the 70-year struggle of a people who have been expelled, murdered, robbed, imprisoned and occupied.” He defended Palestinians’ right to use violence against Israel but claimed Palestinians truly wanted peace, adding, “Occupied people have a legal and moral right to defend themselves. To ask them not to resist is to ask them to die quietly. Palestinians want peace.”
Hill continued by slamming Israel’s very right to exist: “By naturalizing the idea that nation-states have a ‘right to exist,’ we undermine our ability to offer a moral critique of Israel’s (or any settler-colony’s) origin story.” He continued with an outright lie, ignoring the fact that the Jewish state existed three thousand years ago, writing: “… the idea of nations and nationalism is relatively new.”
In May 2017, Hill ripped President Trump for calling on Palestinians to reject hatred and terrorism, tweeting, “Trump's position on Israel/Palestine is repugnant. His call for Palestine to ‘reject hatred and terrorism’ is offensive & counterproductive.”
The Algemeiner commented:
Hill later stated in exchanges with other Twitter users that he found it “offensive to only call on Palestinians to ‘behave’, while normalizing/ ignoring the violence of the occupation;” he also rejected it as “offensive” to compare “Palestinian resistance to settler-colonialism to the actions of ISIS.” He also declared: “We all agree that hatred and terrorism are bad things. The issue is who gets to define each term, and under what conditions.”
Obviously, it’s appallingly presumptuous of Israelis to define it as “terrorism” when Palestinians murder and maim civilians who are having pizza for lunch, who celebrate Passover or attend services in a synagogue, who ride a bus, go out for dinner and entertainment, or just go to sleep in their bed at home. And , of course, it’s also terribly presumptuous of those Israelis to call it “hatred” when the murderous perpetrators of such attacks are celebrated by Palestinians as heroes — heroes who get handsomely paid and have buildings or events named in their honor.
In 2014, Hill tweeted that he opposed the occupation of Gaza:
One problem: Israel left Gaza nine years before, in August 2005. Commenters also pointed out that Israel Defense Forces delivered tons of aid to Gaza, despite the fact that Gaza had been launching rockets into Israel since 2001, with the first hitting an Israeli city in 2002.
In 2004-5 alone, Jews killed by rockets from Gaza included Mordechai Yosepov, 49; Afik Zahavi, 4; Tiferet Tratner, 24; two infants on the eve of Sukkot in 2004; Israeli army Sgt. Michael Chizik, 21; Nissim Arbiv, 26; Ayala Abukasis, 17, who was left brain dead while attempting to shield her 11-year-old brother and later died from her injuries; and Dana Galkowicz, 22.
In 2008, when Fox News host Sean Hannity confronted Hill with the remarks of anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, including calling Judaism a “gutter religion,” and asked Hill if he thought Farrakhan was an anti-Semite, Hill defended Farrakhan, saying, “I do not know whether he is an anti-Semite … those quotes are severely out of context.”
And of course, Lamont Hill doesn’t seem to care that Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas has made it clear that, unlike Israel, which has Arabs living within it, a Palestinian state would be ethnically cleansed of Jews, saying in 2013, “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli – civilian or soldier – on our lands."