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September 28, 2012 1

#AskFarrakhan Town Hall Meeting Features Anti-Jewish Conspiracy Theories

On Sep­tem­ber 26, Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan held a town hall style meet­ing in which he pro­moted anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about sup­posed Jew­ish polit­i­cal con­trol in Amer­ica and Jew­ish manip­u­la­tion of the Black community.

When asked by an indi­vid­ual par­tic­i­pat­ing in the meet­ing online if Amer­ica will “be forced to go to war with Iran,” Far­rakhan went into a rant about how pres­i­dents who “resist Israeli pres­sure… do not get away with it.” He con­tin­ued, “When you don’t vote the way they think you should vote, there’s no such thing as for­give­ness. They move to unseat you. Cyn­thia McK­in­ney, bril­liant sis­ter but she was not pro-Zionist, well she’s not in Con­gress… once you take an oppos­ing posi­tion, you have to pay a price.”

He then said that the Mon­ica Lewin­sky scan­dal was some­how a Jew­ish plot. “Bill Clin­ton refused to meet with an Israeli Prime Min­is­ter. The next thing you heard was Mon­ica Lewin­sky and all of those that were involved in scan­dal­iz­ing Bill Clin­ton, they hap­pened to be Zionists.”

Far­rakhan made it clear that he still blames Jews for what he per­ceives as a frag­mented Black com­mu­nity. “No Black artist becomes rich with­out hav­ing a friend­ship with the Jew­ish com­mu­nity.” He then noted that in order to keep Black role mod­els away from the NOI, Jews “make the world think I’m an enemy of Jew­ish peo­ple.” How­ever, he cred­ited Kanye West, a well-known rap­per, for mak­ing it pos­si­ble for a stu­dent group to attend the town hall meeting.

Dur­ing his remarks, Far­rakhan also men­tioned an Iranian-government spon­sored din­ner he attended in New York the pre­vi­ous day on the side­lines of the United Nations Gen­eral Assem­bly open­ing. This meet­ing between rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous faith-based com­mu­ni­ties and Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad  fea­tured a keynote speech in which Ahmadine­jad denounced America’s poli­cies on Iran’s nuclear pro­gram and blamed the anti-Islam film, Inno­cence of Mus­lims, on Zion­ists even though that has been clearly proved to be a lie.

When Far­rakhan was asked at his town hall meet­ing “Why is it that you seem to be friends with every­one that Amer­ica hates such as Cas­tro, Qaddafi and Ahmadine­jad?” Far­rakhan responded, “Evi­dently, America’s on the wrong side of his­tory. I’m a friend of those who fight to deliver the masses from oppression…So I’m in good com­pany.” Far­rakhan also attended a meet­ing with Ahmadine­jad in 2010.

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September 28, 2012 0

Numbers USA donates $100,000 to help defend anti-immigrant ordinance in Famers Branch, Texas

The anti-immigrant group, Num­ber­sUSA, recently donated $100,000 to the Farm­ers Branch legal defense fund in an effort to help an anti-immigrant ordi­nance in the Texas town pass its lat­est round of legal challenges.

If upheld, the ordi­nance would ban all undoc­u­mented immi­grants from rent­ing prop­er­ties in the town.  Ban­ning undoc­u­mented immi­grants from rent­ing prop­er­ties is a small part of the “attri­tion through enforce­ment” plat­form cre­ated by the anti-immigrant move­ment. The platform’s goal is to make life so dif­fi­cult for immi­grants that they will “self deport” back to their coun­try of origin.

Accord­ing to finan­cial records, Num­ber­sUSA donated $10,000 to the Farm­ers Branch Legal Defense Fund in 2009, so this most recent con­tri­bu­tion of $100,000 is a ten-fold increase. Last week the full Fifth Cir­cuit Court of Appeals heard oral argu­ments on the case. If the Fifth Cir­cuit upholds the law, a key piece of the anti-immigrant movement’s “attri­tion through enforce­ment” pol­icy would be given the green light and sim­i­lar ordi­nances may spring up in towns across the country.

Another anti-immigrant group, the Immi­gra­tion Reform Law Insti­tute (IRLI), is also heav­ily involved in the Farm­ers Branch case. IRLI drafted the ordi­nance and is also defend­ing the case in court. The IRLI lawyer in the case is Kris Kobach, the Sec­re­tary of State of Kansas and author of some of the harsh­est anti-immigrant leg­is­la­tion passed in the coun­try, includ­ing Arizona’s SB 1070 and Alabama’s HB 56.

Kobach and Num­ber­sUSA have worked together pre­vi­ously. Just last month, Kobach filed a law­suit on behalf of ten dis­grun­tled Immi­gra­tion and Cus­toms Enforce­ment (ICE) agents against ICE and the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity, stat­ing that the direc­tives both orga­ni­za­tions received from the Obama administration’s new Deferred Action for Child­hood Arrivals (DACA) pol­icy vio­lates fed­eral law.  The pol­icy allows some eli­gi­ble chil­dren of undoc­u­mented work­ers who were not born in the U.S. to apply for tem­po­rary work autho­riza­tions, and calls for ICE agents to refrain from detain­ing them. After the case was filed, Num­ber­sUSA announced that it will be fund­ing the lawsuit.

IRLI and NumbersUSA’s con­nec­tions run even deeper than just col­lab­o­rat­ing on court cases. IRLI is the legal arm of the Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR), founded by racist John Tan­ton in 1979. It was under Tanton’s lead­er­ship that IRLI formed a few years later. Tan­ton also worked closely with Num­ber­sUSA founder, Roy Beck for many years. Beck served as the Wash­ing­ton edi­tor for Tanton’s anti-immigrant jour­nal, The Social Con­tract, for a decade and inter­nal memos from Tan­ton indi­cate that he thought of Beck as his “heir apparent.”

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September 27, 2012 8

Greece’s Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party Opens Office in New York City

Golden Dawn (also known as Chrysi Avgi in Greek), an ultra-nationalist polit­i­cal party in Greece, has opened an office in New York City. The party, known for its racist, anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant views, won 7 per­cent of the votein May 2012 elec­tions and has 18 rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the Greek parliament. 

Golden Dawn Sup­port­ers in New York

The party has adopted Nazi slo­gans and sym­bols. For exam­ple, Golden Dawn’s logo closely resem­bles a swastika. In addi­tion, the media reports that the party openly dis­plays copies of Hitler’s Mein Kamf as well as other racist and anti-Semitic tracts at its head­quar­ters. At ral­lies, Golden Dawn’s leader, Nikos Michalo­li­akos, has shouted slo­gans that are asso­ci­ated with the Nazis and has report­edly given the Nazi salute at a town meet­ing. He is also a Holo­caust denier.

Artemios Math­aiopou­los, another Golden Dawn party mem­ber who was sworn in to the Greek par­lia­ment in July 2012, is a for­mer mem­ber of a rock band known for its vir­u­lently anti-Semitic and racist lyrics.  

Mem­bers of the party have also car­ried out vio­lent attacks on immi­grants and for­eign work­ers in dif­fer­ent parts of Greece, and have attacked oppo­si­tion lead­ers. In addi­tion, the party has called for plac­ing land­mines along the Greece-Turkey bor­der to pre­vent ille­gal immi­grants from enter­ing the country.

Golden Dawn has also pro­posed that “only men and women of Greek descent and con­scious­ness should have full polit­i­cal rights.”

Accord­ing to Golden Dawn’s Web site for its New York City office, the party’s goal is “to pro­mote and sup­port the Golden Dawn’s nation­al­ist ideals and vision for Greece among the Greek dias­pora.” The party talks about resist­ing “the geno­ci­dal multi-culturalist, and anti-Hellenic agenda of the New World Order.”

In New York, Golden Dawn claims to have car­ried out a cloth­ing and food drive, as well as a med­ical drive. The col­lected items were allegedly shipped to the party’s head­quar­ters in Greece, where Golden Dawn insists they will only be dis­trib­uted to Greeks.

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