Deconstructed: What You Can’t Say About Israel


JVL Introduction

In November CNN  severed ties with contributor Marc Lamont Hill, American academic, author, activist,  television personality and professor of Media Studies and Urban Education at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, following “controversial comments the liberal pundit made about Israel”.

In this podcast Mehdi Hasan and Marc Lamont Hill discuss the de facto censorship surrrounding any criticism of Israel in the US. The arguments are familiar here in Britain as well.

What You Can’t Say About Israel (with Marc Lamont Hill and Mehdi Hasan)

The Intercept
24 January 2019

There are signs that U.S. opinion might be shifting on Israel and its illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories. Democrats and younger U.S. voters, including young Jewish voters, are shifting to a more pro-Palestine position, according to recent polls. There are now two members of Congress — Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar — who openly support the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement against Israel. At the same time, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama, under pressure from local pro-Israeli Jewish groups, recently rescinded a human rights award they’d bestowed on civil rights icon Angela Davis because of her support for BDS. In November, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill was fired from CNN because he gave a speech at the UN calling for a free Palestine “from the river to the sea.” On this week’s Deconstructed podcast, Lamont Hill and Mehdi Hasan discuss the de facto censorship that surrounds discussions of Israel in the U.S. The two are joined by Lara Friedman, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

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