On Wednesday (November 28), author, scholar and activist Marc Lamont Hill spoke at the United Nations as part of the annual programming for the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. His 21-minute speech focused on how he feels Israel’s treatment of Palestinian people violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He closed by saying, “We have an opportunity to not just offer solidarity in words, but to commit to political action, grassroots 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 Anti-Defamation League condemned the comments, with Sharon Nazarian, the organization’s senior vice president for international affairs telling Jewish Journal, “Those calling for ‘from the river to the sea’ are calling for an end to the State of Israel.”

Yesterday (November 30), Mediaite reported that CNN subsequently cut ties with Hill, who is a frequent contributor on the network.

Hill took to Twitter to respond to claims leveled against him.


Watch the full speech that caused the uproar above.