Gentle Reader – This piece was published today by AB Gutman, writing for the Philadelphia Enquirer. It is superb.
AB gets that either there is justice for all of us, or there is no justice. Read.
TEL AVIV, Israel — On Thursday, CNN decided to terminate its relationship with Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill. The decision followed a speech Hill gave at the United Nations, in which he reiterated his commitment to the fight for freedom of the people of Palestine. Hill called for a boycott of Israel and said the goal is to “free Palestine from the river to the sea.”
When Hill referred to the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, what pro-Israel groups heard is a call for the destruction of the State of Israel, which is in that territory.
CNN’s decision to end its relationship with Hill was an extreme move.
As an Israeli Jew, I understand what is at stake. Tel Aviv is my hometown. As I write this, I am sitting in my parents’ living room. I am literally between the river and the sea, introducing my family to my baby daughter and meeting my newest niece.