CNN fires contributor over Israel-Palestine remarks

Atlanta- US network CNN said Thursday it cut ties contributor after he made controversial comments pertaining to Israel and Palestine at a UN event.

“Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN,” a spokesperson said in a brief statement published on the television channel’s website.

Hill, who is a professor at Philadelphia’s Temple University, on Thursday  he said “free Palestine from the river to the sea” — a proposal some say it is related to the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

Hill went to Twitter to explain, writing that “my reference to ‘river to the sea’ was not a call to destroy anything or anyone.”

“It was a call for justice, both in Israel and in the West Bank/Gaza,” he tweeted. “The speech very clearly and specifically said those things.”

“I support Palestinian freedom. I support Palestinian self-determination. I am deeply critical of Israeli policy and practice,” he continued. “I do not support anti-Semitism, killing Jewish people, or any of the other things attributed to my speech.”

“I have spent my life fighting these things.”

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