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Temple University won’t comment on professor accused of antisemitism

Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill , in an interview with “The Breakfast Club” that posted to Youtube on Monday made a statement about Jews and the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC that have been deemed antisemitic.

“One of the worst pieces of antisemitism is the belief there’s some secret Jewish conspiracy of power that can’t be defeated. No, we can organize politically and stand in solidarity with each other and defeat it,” Lamont Hill said.

He added, “President Obama help put together the Iran deal. People said, we’ll never beat AIPAC. There’s too many lobbies to stop the Iran deal, but we did it because we organized, we believed in ourselves and we didn’t believe in those antisemitic movements. No, we believe that organized people can defeat organized power.”

Lamont Hill later commented on a Tweet of the video clip, saying he “was answering a question about misconceptions about the Palestinian struggle. The idea of secret Jewish power is itself an antisemitic lie. What can be defeated are groups like AIPAC who I mention in the next sentence. They’re not a secret group. They’re a mainstream org.”

He followed up the comment, adding, “The successful passing of the Iran deal is an example of what happens when people organize. The NRA can be defeated. Unions are defeated every day, sadly. Groups like AIPAC can too. There’s no secret conspiracy, which (again) is an antisemitic trope. Only politics.”

The tweet had an excerpt of Lamont Hill’s recently-released book on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Lamont Hill was fired from CNN in 2018 after saying “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” in an address to the United Nations, Mediaite first reported. The phrase is often used by Hamas and other terrorist organizations.

At the time, Lamont Hill clarified that he’s supportive of “Palestinian freedom…” and “Palestinian self-determination” while still remaining “deeply critical of Israeli policy and practice.”

“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,” he wrote in 2018.

He also said that the reference “was not a call to destroy anythign or anyone,” rather “it was a call for justice, both in Israel and in the West Bank/Gaza.”

Lamont Hill recently reportedly signed with The Black News Channel to assume a political commentator role. He also still remains a Media, Cities, and Solutions Professor at Temple University.

Jennie Taer

Jennie Taer