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Just kidding!

 

 

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Hill had urged countries to boycott Israel in a speech at the U.N. on Wednesday, calling for a "free Palestine from the river to the sea."

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"My reference to 'river to the sea' was not a call to destroy anything or anyone," he added in another tweet. "It was a call for justice, both in Israel and in the West Bank/Gaza. The speech very clearly and specifically said those things."

 

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The implications of calling for a "free Palestine from the river (Jordan) to the (Mediterranean) sea" are pretty damned obvious - it's an "eliminationist" position, pure and simple.

 

The question is whether someone can claim such an "eliminationist" position without advocating a default "genocidal" position.

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11 hours ago, RedSoxFan9 said:

 

im not seeing the genocide part

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It doesn’t matter what spin is put on this in the days ahead. The meaning was clear and unmistakable. CNN contributor and Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill called for the elimination of Israel in a speech delivered yesterday. Specifically, he called for “political action, grassroots action, local action, and international action, that will give us what justice requires — and that is a free Palestine from the river to the sea.”

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Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal vowed Gaza's rulers would never give up "an inch of the land" to Israel in an uncompromising speech before tens of thousands of cheering supporters at a triumphalist "victory" rally in Gaza City.

"Palestine is ours, from the river to the sea and from the south to the north. There will be no concession on an inch of the land," he told the crowd on his first visit to Gaza. "We will never recognise the legitimacy of the Israeli occupation and therefore there is no legitimacy for Israel, no matter how long it will take."

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/dec/08/hamas-gaza-palestine-khaled-meshaal-israel

 

A free Palestine from the river to the sea means no Israel which basically means the genocide of all Jews in Israel. 

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8 minutes ago, sblfilms said:

It’s certainly what it has meant when the Arab opposition says it. At minimum it was a poor choice of words as it aligned Hill with people who do want to cleanse the land of Jews.

 

it's a stretch to say it aligns him with anyone

 

this another case of someone being fired for reasonable criticism of an apartheid state

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36 minutes ago, RedSoxFan9 said:

it's a stretch to say it aligns him with anyone

No, it's not a stretch when he initially used the identical eliminationist terminology as the Arabs without the elaboration that he added later.

 

You can fully acknowledge and condemn Israel's apartheidist policies as well as acknowledge the the creation of the Israel state was a grave mistake in the first place, but also recognize when eliminationist rhetoric can unintentionally advocate genocide without further elaboration/context.

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4 minutes ago, RedSoxFan9 said:

the phrase has been around for longer than Hamas has existed, and it isn't a distinct phrase where using it wouldn't be a coincidence.  this isn't a guy with 1488 tattoo claiming he just likes the number. 

Of course the phrase pre-dates Hamas.  The phrase probably has been used in some form or another by the frontline Arab states, the PLO, and other Palestinian national liberation groups since the early 1960s or earlier, and in each of those contexts involves the "elimination" of Israel as an entity.

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