A CNN commentator insulted Israel in a UN speech received by diplomats on Wednesday calling for a "free Palestine from the river to the sea" – language critics call it a dog whistle advocating the abolition of Israel. 19659002] Marc Lamont Hill made the remarks at a special session of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Respecting the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
In The Accusations He Accuses The Israeli government of "normalizing settler colonialism" drew Hill to a comparison with the civil rights movement in America and suggested that violence could be a tool for Palestinian activists.
"If we are in solidarity with the Palestinian people, we must recognize the right of an occupied people to defend themselves. We must prioritize peace, but we must not romanticize or fetishize it, "he said. "We must advocate and promote nonviolence at every opportunity, but we can not endorse a narrow policy of respectability that shames Palestinians for their resistance because they have refused to do nothing in the face of state violence and ethnic cleansing."
At some point some water poured in and told the participants that he had just left "Palestine" and that "I boycotted the Israeli water so I could not quench my thirst."
He ended his speech by saying that "justice requires" a free Palestine from the river to the sea. "The remark was acclaimed by the participants of the Chamber."
In his reply, United Nations Ambassador to Afghanistan Danny Danon told Fox News, "It is unfortunate to see the forces of hatred and rejection coaxing news commentators into their Believing lies and false narratives.
Commentators accused Hill of using an expression used by groups such as Hamas calling for the destruction of Israel
because "from the river to the sea" is calling for an end to the state of Israel, "wrote Sharon Nazarian , the vice president of the Anti-Defamation League for International Affairs, to the Jewish Journal. "It is a shame that this annual event at the United Nations is again promoting no constructive pathways to" Palestinian solidarity "and a future of peace, but instead a divisive and destructive crackdown on Israel."
Seth Mandel, commentator on the Washington Examiner, said it was more than a dog whistle, and accused Hill of "going to Farrakhan", referring to the radical leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan who had a history of anti-Semitic comments.
Hill On Twitter, he responded to allegations that he hinted at an outcry by Hamas, saying he did not support, support or mention Hamas.
"The River to the Sea" is a phrase that precedes Hamas by more than 50 years. It also has a multitude of meanings, "he tweeted.
CNN did not respond to a request from Fox News
. The US and Israel regularly accuse the UN of being anti-Israeli bias and encouraging anti-Israeli politicians to speak. The meeting on Tuesday was hardly a side conversation, with participants including Secretary General Antonio Guterres and María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the General Assembly.
According to Anne Bayefsky, director of the Touro Institute for Human Rights and Holocaust and President of Human Rights Voices Fox News, Hill's speech was a "particularly obscene UN moment that illustrates the true nature of the anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish animus of the United States unveiled by the United Nations. "
"Hill calls on the United Nations to destroy the Jews State was no coincidence He did not overlook He was an invited guest He was the only person invited to speak as a representative of civil society his extraordinary tirade ended with "Give Us a Free Palestine from the River to the Sea", his words were filled with applause, the only applause for any speaker, "she said.
Ben Evansky and Brian Flood of Fox News contributed to this report.