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Marc Lamont Hill should be reinstated without delay

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African-American college professor and activist Dr Marc Lamont Hill has been fired from his side-gig at CNN for the “crime” of speaking out in solidarity with Palestine. Last month, Hill spoke at the UN on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. He gave a brilliantly eloquent and moving speech in which he called for solidarity with Palestinians to go beyond sloganeering towards active participation in the non-violent Boycott, Divestment and Solidarity (BDS) movement.

Drawing historical parallels between the Palestinian liberation struggle and Black liberation struggles, Hill even backed the right of both to use arms in self-defence in pursuit of their freedom.

“Contrary to Western mythology,” he explained, “Black resistance to American apartheid did not come purely through Gandhi and nonviolence. Rather, slave revolts and self-defence and tactics otherwise divergent from Dr [Martin Luther] King or Mahatma Gandhi were equally important to preserving safety and attaining freedom. We must allow – if we are to operate in true solidarity with Palestinian people – we must allow the Palestinian people the same range of opportunity and political possibility.”

Although in reality this is simple common sense, some would probably see it as the most radical part of the speech. What........

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