Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF) is appalled that several days after making inflammatory remarks on CNN, Temple University instructor Marc Lamont Hill has yet to be disciplined by campus administrators. CNN took swift action when Lamont Hill, a contributor to the network, called for a “free Palestine from the river to the sea”—which has been used by many radicals in the anti-Israel movement to insinuate the destruction of Israel. CNN terminated the tenured urban studies and media studies professor at Temple University and the university should consider similar action.
Lamont Hill issued an “apology” letter to the Temple community stating that he did not intend for his remark to come off as anti-Semitic, or violent. A highly educated person who is tuned in to Middle Eastern conflict should be well aware that this phrase is used by Hamas, designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, to justify an ongoing terror campaign against Israel. For Lamont Hill to retain his tenure, position, and ability to educate Temple University students behind closed doors is an endorsement of hateful rhetoric on the Temple campus.
Temple University President Richard Englert’s statement distancing the remarks on CNN from the school did not go far enough as the implication that Lamont Hill’s statement fell under “free speech” completely disregards the phrase’ use as a call to action to annihilate the State of Israel.
ACF calls on Temple University and other institutions to grasp the gravity of Lamont Hill’s remark and follow CNN’s lead in apply appropriate rectifying action.
Contact: Avi D. Gordon, Executive Director Alums for Campus Fairness
917-512-4585 | [email protected]