At the United Nations the other day, Temple University Professor and CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill called for a "free Palestine from the river to the sea," which is a decades old phrase associated with the annihilation of Israel. He also referred to his visit to "Palestine" and, after pouring himself a glass of water, told the attendees that “I was boycotting the Israeli water so I was unable to quench my thirst.”
Hill's comments come just as CNN has reported out a survey it commissioned about rising anti-Semitism in the world. Hamas and others have used the "river to sea" phrase repeatedly in the past decade in statements about wiping out Israel. Hill defended himself saying the phrase has been in use for 50 years and has a variety of meanings.
Hill is also a Louis Farrakhan supporter who has, in the past, said he agreed with Farrakhan about the black community's need for its own institutions, etc. All of this together is deeply problematic and suggests the Temple University Professor, not a dumb man by any stretch of the imagination, knew exactly how loaded the phrase "river to sea" is.
So CNN fired him. And that's not really the big story here.
The really big story is that no one on the left seemed particularly outraged by Hill's remarks. There were no prominent progressive voices calling for him to apologize or denouncing him. It seems they were fine with his remarks. That should be the bigger story. Many progressives, including the leaders of the Women's March, hang out with major racists like Louis Farrakhan, engage in anti-Israel rhetoric themselves, and turn a blind eye to a prominent professor and TV commentator using a phrase most commonly associated with the annihilation of the Jewish state.