Marc Lamont-Hill Really Cares
CUNY bigwig who hired pro-Palestinian professor Marc Lamont
Hill leaving job
The embattled City University of New
York president who sparked a backlash by hiring controversial pro-Palestinian
professor Marc Lamont Hill is leaving the job.
Robin Garrell, who headed CUNY’s Graduate Center for three
years, will step down at the end of September, the school’s chancellor
announced this week.
“In the meantime, we congratulate President Garrell on her
accomplishments, thank her for her service to the Graduate Center and CUNY, and
wish her well in her future endeavors,” Rodriguez wrote.
Garrell’s pending ouster came as welcome news to Hill’s
“This is wonderful news,” former state Assemblyman Dov
Hikind said. “The ouster of the CUNY Graduate Center president sends a powerful
message to CUNY campus officials to stop hiring Jew haters.”
Graduate Center President Robin Garrell will step down at the end of September,
the school said. Garrell came under fire after she hired controversial
pro-Palestinian professor Marcus Lamont Hill last month.
“But this is just a first step,” Hikind said. “Marc Lamont
Hill has to go, too.”
City Councilwoman Inna Vernikov (R-Brooklyn) agreed.
“That Marc Lamont Hill was even considered as a professor
at CUNY is reprehensible,” Vernikov said in a statement. “While I must credit
the CUNY chancellor for quickly making sure the president who made this awful
decision RESIGNS, every day that Marc Lamont Hill keeps his job at CUNY is a
stain on this institution. He must be next.
“Hill must be relieved from his post immediately. I will
work tirelessly to make sure it happens.”
Hill did not immediately respond to an email from The Post
The media professor and former network pundit was booted
from CNN after his speech about Israel incensed the Anti-Defamation League and
The speech, delivered for the United Nation’s International
Day of Solidarity with the Palestinean people, called for other nations to
University of New York Graduate School has been at the center of controversy,
including the hiring of pro-Palestinian professor Marcus Lamont Hill and
inviting law school grad Fatima Mohammed, who delivered an anti-Israel speech.
“My reference to ‘river to the sea’ was not a call to
destroy anything or anyone,” r, after getting the boot by the network.. “It was a
call for justice, both in Israel and in the West Bank/Gaza. The speech very
clearly and specifically said those things.”
“I support Palestinian freedom. I support Palestinian
self-determination,” he said. “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.”
Among her fiery remarks to fellow grads, Mohammed accused
Israel of encouraging “lynch mobs” and carrying out violence against
Palestinians and calling the NYPD fascist.
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill,
American Muslims For Palestine and Respect
The American Muslims For Palestine's
Chicago Chapter Annual Dinner on March 3, 2019 was a most significant event for
me. I am a white, Jewish man, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace -
Chicago, seeking a better world for Jews, Palestinians, Black people and
Most of my father's family lives in Israel. My great-uncle S.Y. Agnon was Israel's first nobel laureate and is a beloved, well-known figure to (virtually) all Israeli Jews. While I have opposed Israeli government policies towards Palestinians for over 30 years, only now am I really seriously trying to help bring about positive change.
I came last evening hoping to hear inspiring words from Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, a man I greatly admire. I experienced Dr. Hill's brilliance and warm heart far more than I could have hoped for. I also was welcomed and loved by the warmth of many members of the greater Chicago Muslims for Palestine, who gave me far, far more than I could possibly have imagined.
Dr. Hill's love for the Palestinian people was made very clear in the speech. He also spoke strongly about the importance of both Black (and White) people supporting Palestinians and for Palestinians to support the struggles Black people including in cities like Chicago and Detroit. His words were powerful, emphasizing non-violent struggles that may of necessity take more than our own lifetimes to succeed.
Equally significant to me was how well we were treated by both our hosts of American Muslims for Palestine and the others who attended the dinner. Our hosts included both women and men of varying ages. Many, if not most of the women's heads were covered. I surmised that they were devout Muslims. References to the Muslim religion were made throughout the presentation.
The people I met were far, far more caring of us than I
could have imagined they would be. We were shown to our table by
several very helpful people. Before the proceedings begun, a man came
to our table thanking us as Jewish Voice for Peace Members for doing our
work. The American Muslims for Palestine Annual Report in its page
on the Chicago Chapter included a picture showing Jewish Voice for Peace
members demonstrating with Palestinians.
While many people we met were exceptional individuals, they were also wonderful in talking with us, in the varied parts of the presentation and in other ways . This pointed clearly to the lies we face daily of the violent, not to be trusted Arabs, who allegedly prevent peace in Israel. Yes, there are extremists who kill, but they are dwarfed by far more who seek a just, lasting peace. It was very sad for me to hear that the "Volunteer for the Year" had never been in Palestine. It was also uplifting to hear and feel the warmth and spirit of so many.
I am reminded of stories I've heard in the past. I remember hearing of Palestinians in 1948, who warned neighboring Jews, preventing them from being killed. I am reminded of the story one of my Israeli relatives told me circa 1980 in Jerusalem. Her sister in Tel Aviv lived in a protected world where she spoke primarily German with her peers and English with her nieces and nephews and those younger. Her husband and she had a fancy dress shop in Jerusalem dating back to well before the 1948 war. She told me of how their customers had been both well off Palestinians and Jews who wanted custom made women's apparel.
My cousin told me of how in 1967, after the Six Day War, an older Arab man came to her shop, asking for her husband. She told him that he had died. The man wept. She hadn't recognized him. He had been their porter in the store, until the War separated him, putting him in then Jordanian run East Jerusalem. My relative spoke admiringly of how this man insisted on carrying her bags when she went into the Old City until he died several years later. He would not take any money from her.
I can not possibly understand the loss that Palestinians have faced for over 70 years losing their homeland. I do admire their dignity in continuing the struggle for justice through (mostly) non-violent resistance. I hope that a lasting, just peace will be achieved sooner, rather than later.
Palestine - a Book Review
FOR PALESTINE: The Limits of Progressive Politics by:
Marc Lamont Hill and Mitchell Plitnick is a must-read for anyone seriously
concerned about how Israel treats Palestinians and/or open to hearing about
it. The authors are thorough and direct in addressing the relevant
issues related primarily to Israel, Palestinians and The United States.
the book the unquestioning support of most of the United States political
forces for Israeli government policies is obvious. Our total
lack of concern for Palestinians is similarly shown.
The Palestinians must
say the right things over and over again. The more they try, the ,
more they doom themselves to less and less. Even when Palestinian
leadership seemingly does the right things, it is never enough.
The weaknesses of both
the “radical” Hamas and the “moderate” PLO leadership is evident through much
of the book. The failures of American presidents and Congress
to look more than at simple propaganda is repeatedly self-evident.
One key point is that
though President Trump was more direct, and said many unguardedly extreme statements,
most of what he did fit in with what his predecessors had done.
during the comparatively progressive presidency of Barack Obama – seen by many
as the most favorable to the Palestinian cause since Jimmy Carter more than
three decades earlier – that negotiations collapsed under the weight of years
of collective frustration. The Palestinians had become fed up with a
quarter century of talks that always prioritized Israeli concerns over their
own. As these talks dragged on with no end in sight, Israeli
settlement constructed increased exponentially, and the occupation become ever
more repressive. (p.6-7)
It is important to note
that Israel does not demand that Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United
States, Australia or any other country recognize it as a Jewish state. This
demand is unique to the Palestinians. (p.37)
The authors note the critical
importance to Palestinians of having a right to return to the land where
750,000 (mostly by now ancestors) were driven out in 1948. Strongly
related is the creation of true equality. Israeli Jews
fear losing their homes. They also fear a loss of their lifestyle
sharing “their” country in more than token ways.
Israel’s construction of
the wall in the West Bank, in areas well beyond its internationally recognized
Continued expansion of
Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank,
annexation of East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights and the deep concern over
potential of large parts or even all of the West Bank (16),
The growing global
Palestinian refugee population, (and)
against its own Arab, largely Palestinian citizens.
On the basis of these
grievances, this assortment of civil society groups called for BDS (Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions) … (p.54)
BDS is a useful
boogeyman for the Israeli and American right wings allowing them to expand
their assaults on democracy while advancing the narrative that “the whole world
is against Israel”(9) (p.79)
progressives it is tempting to frame President Trump as a deviation from the
political status quo. With regard to the Middle East, such
framing allows us to remain unaccountable for decades of giving left-wing
support for – or at best tepid opposition to – policies that have undermined
the possibility of freedom, dignity, safety, and self-determination for the
Palestinian people. (p.110)
When Israelis speak,
sometimes bombastically, about the destruction of their state, they don’t
always mean by bombs and missiles; sometimes they are referring to being
outnumbered by Palestinians as citizens, with the political power that would
entail. While one hesitates to call that fear justified, it is
certainly true that even the barest democratic structure would be strained in
trying to maintain a state as an expression of a particular ethnic group if
that group represents a minority of the state’s citizens. (p.146)
scholar Rashid Khalidi points out, the current conditions in Gaza amount to
collective punishment. … Such collective punishment is always
self-defeating. More to the point, collective punishment is a war
To move beyond the
current limits, progressives must embrace a more principled politics, one that
begins by recognizing the fundamental humanity of Palestinians. (p.155)
(related to the above) Only
from this place can equal human, civil, individual, and national rights for
both Israelis and Palestinians be achieved. (p.156)
(referring to American
progressives) We can push Israel to allow the people of Gaza the
freedom to rebuild their economy. We can put real pressure on Israel
to stop expanding its settlements, and to allow Palestinian towns to grow, as
well as allow the free movement of Palestinians in the West Bank. We
can make it clear that our democratic values demand that we support
Palestinians having the same rights to a national existence as Israelis do, and
the same right to live in peace and security. (p. 158)
Plittnick and Lamont Hill – are most
effective in limiting their focus to clear, concise areas. Through this they
devastatingly indirectly (mostly) show the direct relevance to
Palestinian rights to the Black Lives Movement.
Israel is an apartheid
state! As a Jew, I am ashamed! We, Jews, have
turned from being the victims to the oppressors. We remain
largely silent, while things get worse and worse. Israel and the
U.S. have made it nearly impossible to have a two-state solution because of our
What will we do?
massive change – to make a two-state solution possible – perhaps not
single- democratic state – not Jewish, not Palestinian – mutual respect?
“confederation” – combining parts of 1.) and 2.) (unlikely to be possible, in
4.) Try –
to hold on – an Apartheid State – where Jewish Israeli’s will continue to live
in fear of Palestinians – who will become a growing majority without basic
I wish – that we would face the
realities – move through our fears – and move positively
ahead. Palestinians – are not going to have revenge, as we have had
and continue to have with them. They lack the military
power. They lack the police the power.
More importantly, they’ve shown that
they have hearts, despite all that they’ve faced. They want to work
positively for something that they and we have never had; a just
peace. – Read this book – please!
NOBODY: Casualties of
America's War on the Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond- Marc Lamont
This is an excellent,
well researched book explaining in detailed ways how Black People continue to
face systemic racism in a wide variety of ways. Professor Hill
gives numerous examples supporting his conclusions, showing how racism permeates
the life of Black People, through "the law" and the prejudices of
Few books I have read
have the depth of development of the basic theme in such a detailed, methodical
way, while humanizing the lives of the many millions of people who are
significantly affected. Really understanding how poor People of
Color face day-in-day-out battles to simply live a basic life is helped greatly
by Hill's writing.
Marc Lamont Hill clearly
shows important parts of the lives of Black People being caught in the
"justice system" (sic).
Professor Hill's book is
particularly appropriate, given the major killings of 2020 and the resultant
responses of the anti-racism movement and the reaction against it.