Fire him!

Tem­ple Univer­sity pro­fes­sor in­cites vi­o­lence against Jews, calls for Is­rael’s de­struc­tion

The Jerusalem Post - - COMMENT & FEATURES - • By MOR­TON A. KLEIN

Tem­ple Univer­sity’s lead­ers Pa­trick O’Con­nor and Mitchell Mor­gan and pres­i­dent Richard En­glert have a clear choice: If Tem­ple con­demns, re­moves the aca­demic chair of, and ter­mi­nates the Stephen Charles Prof. Marc La­mont Hill for re­peat­edly pro­mot­ing the Jewish State of Is­rael’s de­struc­tion and vi­o­lence against Jews, Tem­ple will win back its now-dam­aged rep­u­ta­tion and be­come a moral bea­con where an­tisemitic ha­tred has no place, and where Jewish and pro-Is­rael stu­dents no longer live in fear. Tem­ple will re­store the stated pur­pose of the Steven Charles Chair in Me­dia, Cities and So­lu­tions – to find so­lu­tions for our cities.

But, if Tem­ple Univer­sity con­tin­ues em­ploy­ing Hill, this ven­er­a­ble Philadel­phia in­sti­tu­tion will be a shame­ful abet­tor of ma­li­cious, gra­tu­itous Jew-ha­tred and po­ten­tial an­tisemitic vi­o­lence.

Tem­ple’s of­fi­cial state­ment that Hill doesn’t speak for Tem­ple is woe­fully in­ad­e­quate.

Marc La­mont Hill’s record is fright­en­ing and abom­inable. Dur­ing a lengthy rant at the United Na­tions last week, Hill pro­claimed: “Free Pales­tine, from the river to the sea” – the un­mis­tak­able call for Is­rael’s com­plete vi­o­lent re­place­ment with “Pales­tine.”

Dur­ing his same UN speech, Hill in­sisted, “We must of­fer more than just words,” and that in­stead we must al­low Pales­tinian-Arabs to en­gage in “re­volts,” “re­sis­tance,” and “tac­tics oth­er­wise di­ver­gent from Dr. King and Ma­hatma Gandhi [peace­ful poli­cies].”

“Re­sis­tance” is a well-known eu­phemism for Pales­tinian-Arab vi­o­lence and ter­ror­ism.

Hill fur­ther el­e­vated vi­o­lent “re­sis­tance” over non-vi­o­lence, say­ing: “We can­not en­dorse nar­row pol­i­tics that shames Pales­tini­ans for re­sist­ing,” and, “We al­lowed this non-vi­o­lent thing to be­come so nor­ma­tive that we’re un­der­min­ing our abil­ity to re­sist in real ro­bust ways.”

Also at the UN, Hill called Is­rael’s re­birth in 1948 the “Nakba – the tragic and great catas­tro­phe” – lan­guage that ra­tio­nal­izes Hill’s calls for Is­rael’s ex­tinc­tion. Hill also de­manded a so-called Pales­tinian “right of re­turn” – an Arab ploy to elim­i­nate the Jewish state by al­low­ing mil­lions of Arabs to move there.

At a Septem­ber 2018 anti-Is­rael con­fer­ence (where Hill was in­tro­duced as the Steven Charles pro­fes­sor at Tem­ple Univer­sity), Hill falsely de­clared that Is­rael is “poi­son­ing” Pales­tinian-Arabs’ wa­ter, and lock­ing up and killing Arab chil­dren – clas­sic me­dieval an­tisemitic blood li­bels. Hill again ad­vo­cated for vi­o­lence, say­ing, “Part of the prob­lem is... we too of­ten adopt a civil rights tra­di­tion that ro­man­ti­cizes non-vi­o­lence... We can’t ro­man­ti­cize re­sis­tance.”

Shock­ingly, Hill also stren­u­ously ob­jects to con­demn­ing Pales­tinian ter­ror­ism. In May 2017, Hill tweeted: “Trump’s po­si­tion on Is­rael/ Pales­tine is re­pug­nant. His call for Pales­tine to ‘re­ject ha­tred and ter­ror­ism’ is of­fen­sive & coun­ter­pro­duc­tive.”

On na­tional tele­vi­sion in 2014, Hill com­plained that the anti-mis­sile de­fense sys­tem, the Iron Dome, “takes away Ha­mas’s mil­i­tary lever­age” over Is­rael. (Ha­mas is on Amer­ica’s and other coun­tries’ list of ter­ror­ist groups.) Hill’s po­si­tion would leave in­no­cent Is­raeli civil­ians un­pro­tected from Ha­mas’s rocket bar­rages.

IN A 2014 de­bate with Alan Der­showitz, Hill jus­ti­fied ter­ror­ism and mur­der­ing Jews, say­ing: “Ev­ery­thing that Ha­mas is do­ing, ev­ery­thing that the Pales­tinian peo­ple are fight­ing for, is from a pos­ture of re­sis­tance to oc­cu­pa­tion.”

Sim­i­larly, on CNN, in re­sponse to Ha­mas kid­nap­ping and mur­der­ing three Is­raeli chil­dren in 2014, Hill in­voked a phony “oc­cu­pa­tion” ra­tio­nal­iza­tion (de­spite Is­rael hav­ing left Gaza a decade ear­lier), and de­clared: “That’s what starts as re­sis­tance. It’s not ter­ror­ism.” Hill also com­plained about an “im­bal­ance in body count” – thereby insin­u­at­ing that not enough Is­raelis have been mur­dered.

In 2015, Hill pro­moted Pop­u­lar Front for the Lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tine ter­ror­ist leader Ras­mea Odeh – who was con­victed for mur­der­ing two Jewish stu­dents in a Jerusalem bomb­ing, in Hill’s op-ed on Huff­in­g­ton Post ti­tled “Why Ev­ery Black Ac­tivist Should Stand with Ras­mea Odeh.” In­cred­i­bly, Hill called ter­ror­ist/mur­derer Odeh a “Pales­tinian free­dom fighter be­ing rail­roaded for her com­mit­ment to jus­tice,” and falsely ac­cused Is­raeli jus­tice of­fi­cials of rap­ing her for 20 days and tor­tur­ing her.

Sim­i­larly, in his re­cent UN speech, Hill praised “poet” Da­reen Ta­tour – who posted vi­o­lent youtube and Face­book videos call­ing for “In­tifada,” “Is­lamic ji­had,” “evict­ing” all the Jewish peo­ple from “Arab Pales­tine,” “not suc­cumb­ing to the peace­ful so­lu­tion,” and “re­sis­tance” against Is­rael, in­clud­ing from within pre-1967 Is­rael.

In a May 2018 op-ed, Hill as­serted that the state­ment “Is­rael has the right to ex­ist” is merely “Is­raeli pro­pa­ganda.” Hill also por­trayed the Jewish peo­ple’s en­tire eter­nal home­land as “stolen land,” and op­posed any deal that would leave any of Is­rael in ex­is­tence.

Like­wise, in a Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity “rev­o­lu­tion­ary strug­gle” video filmed in­side pre-1967 Is­rael, Hill de­clared while stand­ing in Is­rael that he was in “Pales­tine” which “has been stolen by greed and de­stroyed by hate,” and falsely ac­cused Is­rael of writ­ing laws “in the blood of the in­no­cent.” Hill also en­dorsed “rev­o­lu­tion­ary strug­gle,” “re­sis­tance” and “fight­ing” against the Is­raeli “oc­cu­pa­tion” of “Pales­tine.”

No won­der Jew-hat­ing racist David Duke praised Hill’s po­si­tion on Is­rael this week!

More­over, on Oc­to­ber 17, 2018, Hill tweeted “I think BDS [boy­cott, di­vest­ment and sanc­tions] is a good first step [against Is­rael], but so much more is needed.”

A good first step to­ward re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing Tem­ple’s and Stephen Charles’s good names and min­i­miz­ing an­tisemitism at Tem­ple would be con­demn­ing and fir­ing Stephen Charles Prof. Marc La­mont Hill.

The writer, Tem­ple Univer­sity BA 1970, MBA 1973, is na­tional pres­i­dent of the Zion­ist Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Amer­ica. Fol­low him at @mor­ton­aklein7 and


MARC LA­MONT Hill pre­vi­ously ap­peared at CNN as a com­men­ta­tor.

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