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September 28, 2012

#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

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

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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