Anti Semitism is on the rise in the U.S. & throughout the world. I and many are of the mindset that the BDS movement is a modern day form of anti semitism. Others believe that criticizing Israel is also a form of anti semitism. I agree.
Yesterday, a Philadelphia small business owner, CNN contributor and Temple University Professsor Marc Lamont Hill addressed the United Nations during the the 70th Anniversary of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
During Marc’s remarks, he referred to Israel gaining independence in 1948 as “the greatest catastrophe” and called for a “Free Palestine from the river to the sea”. However, during his remarks, he didn’t utter any words that called for Hamas to cease fire bombing and launching thousands of rockets in Southern Israel targeting Israeli citizens. Nor did he make any mention of the pay-for-slay program that the Palestinian Authority has used to pay the families of terrorists who have murdered Israelis and Americans.
Marc’s remarks are deeply troubling to me and to many in the Jewish-American community. Hamas leaders commonly use this verbiage to justify the murder of Jews. Hamas is an organization that teaches their children to hate and murder Israelis, Jews and Americans at a young age. In Hamas’s covenant, they state that there is no room for negotiations, only for jihad.
I have been an outspoken Jewish-American in condemning anti-semitism and pushing back against the Anti-Israel bias. After hearing about Marc Lamont Hill’s comments at the United Nations, I took to Twitter to air my thoughts and to call on Temple University to fire him. This is personal for me in a way that I could never have imagined.
He is a professor at the Klein College of Media and Communications. This school was named after my cousin, Lew Klein. Lew’s father and my grandfather were brothers. My family has a long & proud history of supporting the Jewish State of Israel since 1948. My grandfather, Dr. Henry Klein, who received his Ph.D from Temple University & my grandmother Naomi Klein would be right by my side if they were alive and would join me in doubling down on my previous statement.
I am calling on Temple University President Richard M. Englert & Jewish-American Board Members Leonard Barrack, Drew Katz, Mitchell Morgan & Lon Greenberg to immediately terminate any affiliation and/or relationship with Marc Lamont Hill. Marc Lamont Hill has a track record of flirting with anti semitism – yesterday he made his beliefs crystal clear. I don’t want his name even remotely affiliated to my family’s name. Do the right thing, Temple University.