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MUHAMMAD: The ‘Public Hanging’ of Marc Lamont Hill

While it may not be as entertaining as those to which Sen. Cindy Hyde Smith (R-Miss.) is accustomed and makes “jokes” about, what’s happening to Temple University professor and news commentator Marc Lamont Hill is most certainly a “public hanging” and Smith would probably be amused just the same.

Hill’s “hanging” was not a “public lynching,” like so many which took place in Smith’s home state. You see, lynchings are extralegal events, whereas hangings — like slavery, like apartheid, like the behavior of the cruel Zionist state of Israel — are lawfully permitted practices.

Hill was fired from his post as a political commentator for CNN because he made a political comment as a guest speaker at the United Nations. Funny. Not. What makes this a real riot is that “offensive” comments made about Israel in the United States are often perfectly legal in Israel itself. In other words, criticisms of Israel which are common and mainstream inside Israel are banned and punished in the U.S. — the land of “the free.”

CNN caved in to pressure from the U.S.-Israel lobby — Jewish partisans in this country who are often accused of having greater loyalty to the Jewish state than they have for this country — firing Hill for the use of six words: “from the river to the sea” — a reference to the territory of historical Palestine, situated between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean prior to the creation of Israel in 1948.

That reference is deemed anti-Semitic, although it is almost identical to a commonly used Hebrew phrase that means the removal of the Palestinian-Arab, Christians and Muslims who have lived in the Holy Land uninterrupted for thousands of years. That phrase is “ersatz Israel,” or “greater Israel,” which means the ever-expanding Jewish state, and the still un-annexed Palestinian territory, from the West Bank of the Jordan River, to the Mediterranean. Hm-m-m.

So, yet another Black figure is smacked down in this country for anti-Semitism for making a statement that is permissible in the Jewish state. That would be mind-boggling if not for understanding the stranglehold in which the U.S. news and entertainment media are held by the pro-Zionist, Israel lobby.

Although Arabs are also defined as “Semitic people,” the Israel lobby has successfully redefined the meaning of “anti-Semitic” to be exclusively, anything Jewish persons don’t like being said about them, including political criticism of the cruel, apartheid-like policies of Israel.

This is evidence of brute power: the ability to silence criticism of that power.

Time after time I have described this captive relationship in which Western media finds itself vis-à-vis exaggerated Jewish influence and hyper-sensitivity about anti-Semitism — which is evil — as a case of “the tail wagging the dog.”

From Helen Thomas, the venerated “dean” of the White House press corps who was undone for a flippant remark about the places of origin of Israel’s Jewish population, to Marc Lamont Hill, slapped down from a perch at CNN for uttering six simple words, and literally dozens of ruined political careers of senators, representatives, Republicans, and Democrats in between, the Israel lobby has demonstrated its unmatched strength again and again.

Now Hill is in the cross-hairs. When the news media is done with him, the board chair of Temple University where Hill is a tenured faculty member has promised to investigate how the school might punish him further.

Punish Hill with a public hanging — two public hangings — for uttering six simple words: “from the river to the sea” in remarks to a United Nations panel.
Lesson learned. Who’s next?

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Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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