Marc Lamont Hill: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

Following his video faux paus, Marc Lamont Hill has rightly been accused of antisemitism (again). And he’s not happy about it.

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For the record, it is not a misrepresentation. Anyone who pointed out the antisemitism of his words – like yours truly – literally quoted him word-for-word.

But Lamont Hill had more to say.

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To paraphrase: “There is no cabal. I am referring to Zionist lobbying groups like AIPAC.”

Talk about not doing yourself any favors. The antisemites – like Ilhan Omar (who Hill has defended) – are constantly pointing at AIPAC as an example of a powerful “Zionist” lobbying group that has deep pockets, enabling it to get a stranglehold over US foreign policy – a classic antisemitic trope.

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The more hardcore antisemites portray this with the following graphic:

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But don’t worry. Lamont Hill has an answer for it. You see, AIPAC is not a secret group.

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But back to his claim he is being misrepresented.

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It is uncanny how often his words and actions are being misinterpreted.

Like that time he said “From the River to the sea, Palestine will be free” – but did not mean he endorsed violence against Israel or endorsed Israel’s destruction.

Like the time he said “If I’m to do this, I ain’t trying to be like this..I’m going Leila Khaled-style” – but did not mean he endorsed violence against Israel.

Like the time he spoke of bringing the Crips and “the gangsters, the dope dealers, unemployable”, to Quds (Jerusalem) – but did not mean he endorsed violence against Israel.

Like the time he featured a violent terrorist in his documentary – but did not mean he endorsed violence against Israel.

Like the time he suggested palestinian “resistance” is not terrorism – but did not mean he endorsed violence against Israel.

Like the time he accused us of deliberately poisoning the water of palestinians – but did not mean to invoke a centuries old blood libel that alleges we poison the wells of non-Jews.

Like the time he suggested Israel deliberately disembowels young children – but did not mean to invoke a centuries old blood libel that alleges exactly that.

Like the time he defended Louis Farrakhan against charges of antisemitism – but takes antisemitism very seriously, to the point of appearing on panel discussions about dismantling it.

 

I think there is only one unmistakable conclusion from all of this.

Marc Lamont Hill is clearly the world’s most misunderstood dude. Ever.

 

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media