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October 16, 2012

Muslim Brotherhood Leader Expresses Anti-Semitism In Weekly Message

The Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme leader has come under international condemnation for his latest vitriolic messages of anti-Semitism and intense hatred of Israel in the group’s weekly newsletter to its members and the broader Egyptian public.Badie's column

In his weekly column, Mohammed Badie, the supreme authority of the Muslim Brotherhood, accused Israel and Jews of “shedding the blood of the people, trampling sanctuaries and holy places” and desecrating Muslim, Christian and Jewish holy places in the hotly contested city.

Badie called for the Islamic community to rise up against the “Zionists” and to commit to jihad to recover Jerusalem and liberate all of Palestine. “The time has come,” Badie said, “for the Islamic ummah to band together for Jerusalem and Palestine since it has been dominated by the Jews…” He added that Israel can only be defeated through “holy jihad and high sacrifices and all forms of resistance,” terms that have historically been used to advocate terrorism, including suicide bombings.

In a letter to President Morsi, the Anti-Defamation League urged the President, a long-time senior official of the Brotherhood, to reject Badie’s anti-Semitism, incitement and calls for violence against Jews and Israel. ADL has documented the Muslim Brotherhood’s continuing hatred of Jews and Israel since the downfall of the Mubarak regime.

While the Muslim Brotherhood’s official media spokesperson denied Badie made the comments, the column is still available on the Brotherhood’s official website.

Badie has a long record of statements calling for belligerent actions against Israel. In his holiday greetings marking the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in July 2012, for example, Badie wrote that the central goal of “Muslim leaders was the recovery of the Al Aqsa mosque and its liberation from Zionist filth…” Badie also urged the world’s Muslims, Christians and Jews to “stand up against the crimes of the Zionist gangs in the raped lands,” and the only solution is for Islamic rule to be imposed “throughout all of beloved Palestine.”

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October 16, 2012

Farrakhan Blasts Obama And Romney In Address in Charlotte

On October 14, Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan delivered the keynote address at 2012 Holy Day of Atonement event in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to harshly criticizing President Barack Obama, Governor Mitt Romney and both political parties, Farrakhan advanced theories of undue Israel influence in the American political system.

Farrakhan blasted both candidates for what he characterized as answering to Israeli interests over those of America:

“Mr. Romney, he already went to Israel and bowed down. He went to Israel and wore out his knees, got a patch on his knees. He told Israel and his dear friend Netanyahu: We’re not going to let Iran get a nuclear bomb… Obama, he almost wore out his knees too. I mean he may not have a patch on his knee, but he was down there long enough to rub a little something in that knee. He told Israel, AIPAC, he told them, even though we’re in an economic downtown, don’t you worry because the money we’ve been giving to you, we’re going to give it to you again and add some more to it. If that ain’t deep knee bending, now I’m not making stuff up! We’re in bad shape brother!”

As Farrakhan often does, he also questioned the claim that he laces his sermons with anti-Semitic imagery and allegations of Jewish conspiracies. He describes how in 1984 when Rev. Jesse Jackson ran for the Democratic nominee for president, Farrakhan stood up to the Jewish community who “were trying to sidetrack and destroy his bid for the presidency of the United States.”

He later paused for a standing ovation from his audience before adding, “So you have financiers like the oil tycoon Koch brothers, casino owner Sheldon Adelson who have invested tens or hundreds of millions of dollars to buy elections and buy the person who gets elected.”

Farrakhan also criticized the Republican Party for what he views as its “overtly hateful and racist nature.” He asks his audience “What is it that has blinded Republicans? It is race, the image of the Black man rising!” He also vows to fight the “schemes or machinations of our former slave masters” that are part of “a racist system that wants to keep America white.” He claims Romney has no platform and is just a “cheerleader” whose platform is “Sis boom bah, rah rah rah! Come on white team! Let’s get that negro out of office!”

This year’s annual “Holy Day of Atonement” event, which commemorates the 17th anniversary of the NOI’s Million Man March (MMM) in Washington, DC, was attended by approximately 6,000 people.

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October 10, 2012

ADL Releases New Report on Anti-Semitism Featured on Iran’s English-Language Press TV

While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may no longer be in New York, his hateful messages continue to be spread in the U.S. and around the world through Iran’s official English-language propaganda network, Press TV.

ADL has released a new report titled Iran’s Press TV: Broadcasting Anti-Semitism to the English Speaking World which analyzes the network as “one of the world’s leading dispensers of conspiratorial anti-Semitism in English” and exposes the American anti-Semites, conspiracy theorists and Holocaust deniers who are misleadingly presented on Press TV’s programming as serious and credible experts.

Among those who have appeared on Press TV are American anti-Semite and racist David Duke; Imam Abdul Alim Musa, head of the Masjid Al Islam Mosque in Washington, D.C., who is affiliated with the anti-Semitic Sabiqun movement; Mark Glenn, a virulently anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist; and Gordon Duff, Senior Editor of the conspiracy-oriented website Veterans Today that alleges, for example, that Israelis and Jewish members of the Bush administration carried out the 9/11 attacks as a “false flag” operation to provoke war.

The report also highlights some of the hateful content featured on Press TV so far in 2012 including bogus allegations of Zionist control over world events, “Israeli Lobby” control of the American government, excessive Jewish/Zionist influence as a result of disproportionate wealth, and Jews and Israel secretly being behind a number of “false flag” operations.

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