Marc Lamont Hill

Marc Lamont Hill received plenty of backlash over a speech that he delivered at the United Nations on Nov. 28.

— Photo from The United Nations

Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill, under fire for comments he made that were viewed as anti-Semitic, will not be punished by the school and “remains a member of the staff.”

The announcement came Tuesday afternoon in a statement from Temple President Richard Englert following a meeting by the board of trustees.

“In giving his speech outside of his role as a teacher and researcher at Temple, Professor Hill was not speaking on behalf or representing the university,” Englert wrote.

“We recognize that Professor Hill’s comments are his own, that his speech as a private individual is entitled to the same Constitutional protection of of any other citizen, and that he has through subsequent statements expressly rejected anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic violence,” he added.

The statement continued: “The members of the Board of Trustees of Temple University — of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education, in exercise of their own constitutionally protected right as citizens to express their views, hereby state their disappointment, displeasure and disagreement with professor Hill’s comments, and reaffirm in the strongest possible terms the president’s condemnation of all anti-Semitic, racist or incendiary language, hate speech, call to violence, or the disparagement of any person or persons based on religion, nationality, race, gender, sexual orientation or identity.”

Hill made his controversial remarks on Nov. 28 at the United Nations’ International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. That day, he called for a free Palestine “from the river to the sea” — a statement some regarded as promoting violence against Israel.

The phrase has been used by multiple Islamic fundamentalist terrorist organizations that have targeted Israel for destruction.

Hill also said, “We must advocate and promote non-violence.” But he added that “we cannot endorse a narrow politics of respectability that shames Palestinians for resisting, for refusing to do nothing, in the face of the state violence and ethnic cleansing.”

In the days following his remarks, CNN severed its ties with Hill, who had been a correspondent for the cable news network, and various organizations called on Temple to do the same.

Hill pushed back on Twitter and eventually penned a letter to the Temple community that said he stood by his beliefs but that he had learned “his use of language produced interpretations, feelings, and responses that I did not intend.”

(2) comments

Guest

I did not see anything truly offensive in his language. The problem with media. They will not utilize the full context of a persons words. They will cut and paste one sentence without adding the rest of the statement. Especially when a black person makes a statement and also adds non-violence as his concept. I have many Jewish dear friends and friends of every other nationality. I even have family members who are Jewish. They did not take his speech as a hate speech. Because they read his entire statement. Not bits and pieces. We live in a world that speech is only given and allowed on one side. When Rep King stated all black people are subspecies. Why had not the same Jewish agency bash that statement. We have been divided to long. Israel has broken the Geneva Convention laws, even the United Nations has spoken of it. World Leaders have spoken on it. God does not choose sides because of race, religion, or color. That's how we are suppose to teach our children. We as adults truly need to research the actual laws that is suppose to govern this world. And commit to actually speaking against those who break the international laws. That is what creates a better world. Teaching our children the true meaning of right and wrong.

JayGuest

Israel is the only country calling itself a democracy in which its citizens do not have equal rights. israel "belongs" only to its Jewish citizens and not to the 25% of its citizens which are not Jewish. That is apartheid and racism.

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