CNN Axes Commentator Marc Lamont Hill Following Controversy Over Israel Comments

The liberal commentator recently called for a "free Palestine from the river to the sea" while asking other countries to boycott Israel.

Liberal political commentator Marc Lamont Hill is “no longer under contract with CNN,” a network spokesperson confirmed to Contemptor this afternoon.

First reported by Mediaite, Hill was fired by the network as a contributor following a Wednesday speech where he called for a “free Palestine from the river to the sea” while asking other countries to boycott Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians.

“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,” Hill stated in the United Nations speech.

Hill’s comments caused a firestorm of controversy, especially on the right, as critics contended that his remarks echoed talking points from Islamic terror groups who want to see the destruction of Israel.

Just before it was announced that he was no longer with CNN, Hill took to Twitter to address the controversy over his remarks, insisting that he does not support anti-Semitism or anything else attributed to his speech by critics.

We have reached out to Hill for comment and will update this post if we hear back.

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Justin Baragona is the founder and publisher of Contemptor. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.
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