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February 18, 2016 4

Anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan Finds Receptive Audience In Iran

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Far­rakhan meet­ing with Grand Aya­tol­lah Ahmad Jannati

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan was pro­vided with an oppor­tu­nity to pro­mote his typ­i­cal anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries last week in Iran.

Far­rakhan was a “spe­cial guest” at mul­ti­ple high-level events and met with cur­rent and for­mer Iran­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials includ­ing Grand Aya­tol­lah Ahmad Jan­nati and for­mer For­eign Min­is­ter Ali Akbar Velay­ati. Far­rakhan was also report­edly the guest of honor at a cer­e­mony unveil­ing a new drone, dur­ing which Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani was present.

Far­rakhan pre­vi­ously met with Rouhani at a 2013 event orga­nized by the Iran­ian del­e­ga­tion on the side­lines of the United Nations Gen­eral Assem­bly (UNGA) and vis­ited Iran in 1996.

Dur­ing a press con­fer­ence after an event mark­ing the 37th anniver­sary of the Iran­ian rev­o­lu­tion, Far­rakhan stated, “When­ever Amer­ica wants to destroy a nation, a peo­ple, they must first demo­nize them, and the Zionist-controlled media in Amer­ica has cho­sen to demo­nize Iran.” He added, “Not because Iran is a demon but the demon is the demonizer.”

Accord­ing to the NOI’s Final Call news­pa­per, Far­rakhan also claimed Jews con­spire to divide Mus­lims. Far­rakhan said, “I call [this group of Jews] the Syn­a­gogue of Satan…In the book of Rev­e­la­tions, it reads, those who say they are Jews and are not, I will make them of the Syn­a­gogue of Satan. And they are work­ing day and night to destroy any unity among Muslims.”

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Far­rakhan speak­ing to Iran­ian media

Iran­ian media out­lets pub­lished Farrakhan’s com­ments from the press con­fer­ence about sup­posed Jew­ish con­trol of the U.S. media and sup­posed Jew­ish plots to under­mine Mus­lim unity, giv­ing his anti-Semitism broader reach.

It is no sur­prise that Far­rakhan would invoke anti-Semitism dur­ing what the NOI is refer­ring to as “a spe­cial, his­toric pre-Saviours’ Day trip.” Sav­iours’ Day, which takes place Feb­ru­ary 18–21, is one of Farrakhan’s largest plat­forms for anti-Semitism.

Dur­ing last year’s Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon (Part 2), Far­rakhan stated, “It is now becom­ing appar­ent that there were many Israelis and Zion­ist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks… It now appears that 9/11 was a false flag oper­a­tion… We know that many Jews received a text mes­sage not to come to work on Sep­tem­ber 11.” He also claimed that Israel con­stantly acts against America’s inter­ests, but “they don’t fear Amer­ica because they con­trol it from within.”

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January 26, 2016 4

Outpouring of Anti-Israel Tweets After NBA Coach David Blatt Fired

After the fir­ing of the NBA’s Cleve­land Cav­a­liers head coach David Blatt, some social media users responded by post­ing vehe­mently anti-Israel, and some anti-Jewish, per­sonal attacks against Blatt, who holds both Israeli and Amer­i­can citizenship.

Hos­tile ver­bal attacks on indi­vid­u­als for being Israeli cit­i­zens or sup­port­ers of Israel appear to have become more com­mon­place in recent years both online and offline as well as some look to demo­nize the Jew­ish state in any way possible.

Below are just a few exam­ples from the dozens of social media posts per­son­ally attack­ing Blatt regard­ing his cit­i­zen­ship or reli­gious iden­tity rather than dis­cussing his abil­i­ties as a coach:

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This is not the first time such open hos­til­ity against Israelis or Jews in sports has been expressed in such an ugly fash­ion on social media. After Israeli bas­ket­ball team Mac­cabi Tel Aviv beat Real Madrid in the Euroleague final in 2014, there was an out­pour­ing of anti-Semitic mes­sages on Twit­ter. Twit­ter also erupted with anti-Semitic com­men­tary after Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers out­fielder Ryan Braun was sus­pended from Major League Base­ball in 2013.

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January 26, 2016 3

Failed White Supremacist Leaders Form New Christian Identity Group

Two lead­ers of the white suprema­cist move­ment, Paul Mul­let of Bain­bridge, Ohio, and Billy Roper of Moun­tain View, Arkansas, have joined forces to form a new group, Divine Truth Min­istries and its “polit­i­cal arm,” the Nation of True Israel.  Both men have strug­gled for years to estab­lish them­selves in the move­ment and to recruit followers.

Mul­let and Roper prac­tice Chris­t­ian Iden­tity, a vir­u­lently racist and anti-Semitic reli­gion. They believe not only that whites of Euro­pean descent can be traced back to the “Lost Tribes of Israel,” but that Jews descended from a union between Eve and Satan. In addi­tion to their Chris­t­ian Iden­tity beliefs, both men have embraced neo-Nazi ideology.

Symbol of Divine Truth Ministries, left, and Aryan Nations, right

Sym­bol of Divine Truth Min­istries, left, and Aryan Nations, right

A late Decem­ber press release by Roper announced they were “car­ry­ing for­ward the ideals and val­ues of Aryan Nations under a new ban­ner.” In the 1990s, Aryan Nations was one of the largest and most active neo-Nazi groups in the coun­try, as well as a major Chris­t­ian Iden­tity group.

Pre­sum­ably Mul­let and Roper hope to cap­i­tal­ize on the small void left by the recent dis­so­lu­tion of Mor­ris Gulett’s Louisiana-based fac­tion of Aryan Nations. Gulett’s group was one of a num­ber of fac­tions that formed after the 2004 death of Richard But­ler, the founder of Aryan Nations.

It is no sur­prise that Mul­let and Roper’s first course of busi­ness has been to demo­nize Dr. Mar­tin Luther King, Jr. Ear­lier this month, just days before the fed­eral hol­i­day mark­ing Dr. King’s birth­day, they spon­sored a “Day of Edu­ca­tion,” which encour­aged all “white nation­al­ists” to dis­trib­ute anti-King fly­ers and lit­er­a­ture alleg­ing that King, among other things, was a pla­gia­rist and communist.

They are also orga­niz­ing an April march at Georgia’s Stone Moun­tain Park to protest leg­is­la­tion that would allow changes to exist­ing Con­fed­er­ate dis­plays and mon­u­ments, as well as a plan by the Stone Moun­tain Memo­r­ial Asso­ci­a­tion to install a mon­u­ment in King’s honor. Fol­low­ing the march, they are also plan­ning a white power music event at a dif­fer­ent venue.

Despite their ide­o­log­i­cal begin­nings with promi­nent neo-Nazi groups, Mul­let and Roper, just a year apart in age, have strug­gled to make their mark in the white suprema­cist world. Mul­let started with Richard Butler’s Aryan Nations, while Roper, who came from a fam­ily of Klans­men, got his start with William Pierce and the National Alliance. In the early 2000s, But­ler and Pierce died, leav­ing the neo-Nazi move­ment in dis­ar­ray and both Mul­let and Roper untethered.

Shortly after Pierce’s death, Roper, forced out by the remain­ing lead­ers of the National Alliance, started his own neo-Nazi group, White Rev­o­lu­tion. Despite years of effort, White Rev­o­lu­tion never amounted to any­thing more than a tiny pro­pa­ganda group and Roper shut it down in 2011. For the last sev­eral years, Roper was active with Thomas Robb’s Arkansas-based Klan group, the Knights Party.

Mul­let also expe­ri­enced fail­ures as he attempted to start sev­eral neo-Nazi and Chris­t­ian Iden­tity groups in the years fol­low­ing Butler’s death. His worst loss came in 2011 when Mor­ris Gulett usurped a fac­tion of the Aryan Nations that Mul­let had founded in 2009. In 2011, Mul­let attempted a come­back with the Amer­i­can National Social­ist Party, but it also failed.

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