Syracuse U. Hosts Fired CNN Contributor Accused of Antisemitism

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Moderator Marc Lamont Hill attends BET Presents 'An Evening With 'The Quad'' At The Paley Center on December 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET Networks)
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Syracuse University hosted fired CNN contributor and Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill, who has been accused of Antisemitism. Hill gave a virtual talk on black voter “suppression.”

Hill, who has advocated for the destruction of Israel, gave a virtual talk at Syracuse that outlined “the history of voter suppression in America and the impact of black voters,” according to the university’s website.

The event was part of the university’s “Racial Equity Academic Symposium,” and was presented “by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Division of Faculty Affairs in the Office of Academic Affairs.”

The announcement came days after Hill stated that the goal of the Marxist political organization Black Lives Matter is to “dismantle” the “Zionist project.”

“Black Lives Matter, very explicitly, is talking about the dismantling of a Zionist project — and very explicitly embracing BDS on those grounds,” said Hill. “So it’s analytical — there’s also a very clear political mission that I think is far more progressed and more radical than we had even twenty years ago in the mainstream.”

“BDS” stands for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which specifically targets the state of Israel.

In 2018, CNN fired Hill after his apparent call for the annihilation of Israel and his defense of violence by Palestinians during an appearance at the United Nations, stating that he wanted a “free Palestine from the river to the sea,” which means the destruction of the world’s only Jewish State.

Meanwhile, Temple University announced that it would not punish professor Hill for his incendiary comments on Israel.

That same year, Hill invoked the name of convicted terrorist hijacker Leila Khaled during a panel discussion hosted by the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

“To me, ‘Hands Up Don’t Shoot’ was always problematic, because this ain’t the posture I want to have against a violent state,” said Hill.

“If I’ma do this, I ain’t trying to be like this,” added Hill with his hand up. “I’m going Leila Khaled style, right? But, yeah, yeah, I know, I’m probably fired right now. But, fuck it, might as well get it done then, right? Might as well go all the way.”

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During the panel, Hill was also wearing a sweatshirt with large letters on it, which read, “ASSATA TAUGHT ME,” in an apparent reference to convicted cop killer Assata Shakur.

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