On the recent occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Professor of Media and Communication at Temple University, Lamont Hill, spoke at the United Nations. Hill’s 20-minute speech focused on the “plight of the Palestinian people,” as well as the “ethical, moral, and political implications of their struggle for freedom, justice and equality.”
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His remarks, and his subsequent firing from CNN as a commentator, have generated much media attention. I’ve been interested in discussions about (1) the relationship between academia and political activism and (2) the relationship between critique of Israel and antisemitism. I’ve asked Mark Leuchter (pictured left), Director of Jewish Studies at Temple University, to weigh in.