The Board of Trustees expressed “disappointment, displeasure, and disagreement” with Hill.
Temple University’s Board of Trustees formally announced its “disappointment, displeasure, and disagreement” Tuesday with professor and former CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill over remarks he made last month that critics said called for the destruction of Israel.
However, the board declined to take further action against Hill, saying that he “was not speaking on behalf of or representing the University” at the Nov. 28 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People event at the United Nations.
“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 any other citizen, and that he has through subsequent statements expressly rejected anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic violence,” the board said in a statement.
However, the board of trustees noted in its statement that “from the river to the sea” is “used by anti-Israel terror groups and widely perceived as language that threatens the existence of the State of Israel.”
CNN cut ties with Hill the day after his remarks but did not give a specific reason for his dismissal.
Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.