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June 30, 2015 64

Farrakhan Receives Support From Rappers On Social Media

Update — 7/8/15: Read ADL’s new report What is the Nation of Islam?, which pro­vides fur­ther infor­ma­tion on the NOI’s long record of anti-Semitism.

In the lead-up to the Nation of Islam’s (NOI) 20th Anniver­sary of the Mil­lion Man March sched­uled for Octo­ber 10 in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., anti-Semite Louis Far­rakhan has received sup­port from well-known rap­pers and oth­ers, who are help­ing bring Farrakhan’s mes­sage to a broader audience.

Photo with rap artist Rick Ross posted to Farrakhan's Instagram account

Photo with rap­per Rick Ross posted to Farrakhan’s Insta­gram account

Accord­ing to a June 23 Final Call arti­cle Far­rakhan “is plac­ing a pri­or­ity on iden­ti­fy­ing and ener­giz­ing youth lead­er­ship with sup­port from mem­bers of the Hip-Hop com­mu­nity because today’s rap­pers have more fol­low­ers on social media—and in real life—than many preach­ers in America.”

In recent weeks, Far­rakhan, the lead­ing anti-Semite in Amer­ica, has spo­ken in New York, Los Ange­les, Philadel­phia, Wash­ing­ton D.C., Atlanta, Hous­ton, and Chicago to pro­mote the Octo­ber event, meet­ing with var­i­ous rap­pers along the way.

Photo with rap artist The Game posted to Farrakhan's Instagram account

Photo with rap­per The Game posted to Farrakhan’s Insta­gram account

Insta­gram and Twit­ter posts from rap­pers pos­ing with Far­rakhan or pro­mot­ing his recent vis­its have reached a com­bined 10.9 mil­lion fol­low­ers so far, and many more peo­ple through reposts and retweets. Even with some over­lap, this rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cantly larger reach than a post from Farrakhan’s Face­book account (173,000 fol­low­ers) or his Twit­ter account (381,000 followers).

Some rap­pers who have posted mes­sages pro­mot­ing Far­rakhan or the Mil­lion Man March anniver­sary include Rick Ross (3.2 mil­lion Insta­gram fol­low­ers), The Game (3.1 Mil­lion Insta­gram fol­low­ers), Bird­man (1.6 mil­lion Insta­gram fol­low­ers), 2 Chainz (1.5 mil­lion fol­low­ers), Young Thug (1.3 mil­lion Insta­gram fol­low­ers), and Scar­face (227,000 Twit­ter followers).

Photo with musician Ceelo Green posted to Farrakhan's Instagram account

Photo with musi­cian Ceelo Green posted to Farrakhan’s Insta­gram account

Addi­tion­ally CeeLo Green met with Far­rakhan in Atlanta, and the NOI posted on Face­book a video of Green prais­ing Far­rakhan as “leg­endary.” The NOI also posted pho­tos of Ice Cube meet­ing Far­rakhan in Atlanta, Bun B attend­ing Farrakhan’s June 15 event in Hous­ton, and Kanye West attend­ing Farrakhan’s Los Ange­les event on June 17. Kanye West is also work­ing on a doc­u­men­tary on Far­rakhan accord­ing to Rolling Stone.

Far­rakhan has also received sup­port from elected offi­cials in at least three states, includ­ing Con­gress­woman Yvette Clarke and New York State rep­re­sen­ta­tives and City Coun­cil mem­bers who attended Farrakhan’s June 5 event in Harlem.

Far­rakhan con­tin­ues to espouse anti-Jewish hatred at high-profile NOI events, such as in March dur­ing his Sav­iours’ Day address, where he alleged that Jews com­mit­ted the 9/11 attacks and con­trol the U.S. government.

Pre­vi­ous Mil­lion Man March anniver­saries have fea­tured anti-Semitism includ­ing Farrakhan’s two-part 2012 ser­mon in Chicago and Char­lotte, when Far­rakhan spread hate­ful anti-Semitic myths about Jew­ish con­trol in the U.S. and a litany of other con­spir­acy theories.

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June 30, 2015 0

ISIS-Related Arrests in June Emphasize Ongoing Security Concerns

Four­teen U.S. res­i­dents from 7 states have been linked to ter­ror­ist activ­ity inspired by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) this month alone.

Nicholas Rovinski of Rhode Island was allegedly part of a Boston-area plot and hoped to travel to join ISIS.

Nicholas Rovin­ski of Rhode Island was allegedly part of a Boston-area plot and hoped to travel to join ISIS.

Of the 14, five pri­mar­ily were arrested for attempt­ing join ISIS (some of them also dis­cussed pos­si­ble attacks in the event that their travel plans failed), one for recruit­ing for ISIS and eight for their roles in domes­tic plots that included a plot to behead Boston area law enforce­ment offi­cers, one to bomb New York City land­marks, the shoot­ing in Gar­land and another to shoot peo­ple and det­o­nate a bomb in North Carolina.

Three of the indi­vid­u­als allegedly used knives in con­fronta­tions with law enforce­ment offi­cials who were mon­i­tor­ing or attempt­ing to ques­tion them (Fareed Mumuni, Munther Omar Saleh, and Usaama Rahim; see below). A fourth indi­vid­ual, Amir Said Abdul Rah­man Al-Ghazi, had also pur­chased a knife but did not use it.

ISIS has pop­u­lar­ized the use of knives in its pro­pa­ganda, both through its use of knives in behead­ing videos and through direct calls for sup­port­ers to arm them­selves with knives or any other weapons avail­able. A speech pur­port­edly by ISIS spokesman Abu Moham­mad Al Adnani in Sep­tem­ber 2014, for exam­ple, told sup­port­ers, “If you are not able to find an IED or a bul­let, then sin­gle out the dis­be­liev­ing Amer­i­can, French­man, or any of his allies.  Smash his head with a rock, or slaugh­ter him with a knife, or run him over with your car.…” That same speech also directly encour­aged tar­get­ing law enforce­ment offi­cials, stat­ing, “Strike their police, secu­rity and intel­li­gence members….”

A Jan­u­ary 2015 speech pur­port­edly by Adnani called for attacks, “whether with an explo­sive device, a bul­let, a knife, a car, a rock or even a boot or a fist,” and a video released in April 2015 stated, “Your neigh­bor is a kaf­fir (apos­tate)… take a big knife and give him what he rightly deserves.”

Munther Omar Saleh allegedly conspired to bomb a New York landmark.

Munther Omar Saleh allegedly con­spired to bomb a New York landmark.

All 14 of the indi­vid­u­als linked to ter­ror in June appear to be moti­vated by ISIS and nearly all appear to have been influ­enced by ISIS’s online pro­pa­ganda and social media presence.

Since ISIS announced its inde­pen­dence from Al Qaeda in 2014, 86% of U.S. res­i­dents engag­ing in activ­ity on behalf of for­eign ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions since 2014 have been linked to ISIS.

A total of 54 U.S. res­i­dents have been linked to Islamic extrem­ist activ­ity in the first half of 2015 – more than dou­ble the num­ber of indi­vid­u­als in 2014.

The FBI, which has indi­cated that it has ongo­ing ISIS-related inves­ti­ga­tions in all 50 states, has issued a warn­ing regard­ing increased secu­rity con­cerns over the July 4th weekend.

The activ­i­ties of the 14 U.S. res­i­dents arrested in June, as described in court doc­u­ments, are detailed below.

  • Usaama Rahim, a 26-year-old U.S. cit­i­zen from Mass­a­chu­setts, was killed on June 2, 2015, when he drew a knife after being approached by law enforce­ment offi­cials. Rahim had allegedly con­spired with David Wright, a 25-year-old U.S. cit­i­zen from Mass­a­chu­setts arrested later that day on a charge of con­spir­acy to behead Pamela Geller, head of the anti-Muslim orga­ni­za­tion Stop Islam­i­ciza­tion of Amer­ica. The two later shifted their plans and dis­cussed behead­ing police offi­cers. Alleged co-conspirator Nicholas Rovin­ski, a 24-year-old U.S. cit­i­zen from Rhode Island, was arrested June 12. Rovin­ski had also allegedly hoped to travel to join ISIS.
  • Reza Nikne­jad, an 18-year-old U.S. cit­i­zen from Vir­ginia, was charged in absen­tia on June 10, 2015 with pro­vid­ing mate­r­ial sup­port for ISIS. Nikne­jad, who is pre­sumed to have joined ISIS, had allegedly been encour­aged to travel by Ali Shukri Amin, a 17-year-old U.S. cit­i­zen from Vir­ginia who had been arrested in February.

    Decarus Thomas of Arizona allegedly aided the Garland shooters

    Decarus Thomas of Ari­zona allegedly aided the Gar­land shooters

  • Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem (Decarus Thomas), a 43-year-old U.S. cit­i­zen from Ari­zona and a con­vert to Islam, was arrested on June 10, 2015, for allegedly aid­ing Gar­land shoot­ers Elton Simp­son and Nadir Soofi. Soofi and Simp­son were killed when they shot at a Texas com­mu­nity cen­ter in May. Kareem is believed to have opened his home to Soofi and Simp­son to dis­cuss their plot and to have sup­plied the rifles they used in their shooting.
  • Akmal Zakirov, a 29-year-old U.S. res­i­dent from New York, was arrested on June 11, 2015, for fund­ing travel plans for Abdura­sul Juraboev and Akhror Saidakhme­tov, New York res­i­dents arrested in Feb­ru­ary for attempt­ing to join ISIS. Juraboev and Said­khme­tov had also allegedly dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of shoot­ing police offi­cers and shoot­ing the FBI head­quar­ters. Juraboev had also allegedly sug­gested that he would attempt to shoot Pres­i­dent Obama on behalf of ISIS.
  • Munther Omar Saleh, a 20-year-old U.S. cit­i­zen from New York, was arrested on June 13, 2015, for allegedly con­spir­ing to bomb an unspec­i­fied land­mark in New York City. Accord­ing to reports, Saleh had researched how to acquire mate­ri­als for and build a pres­sure cooker bomb online. Saleh was arrested when he attempted to attack a law enforce­ment offi­cer who had been mon­i­tor­ing him. Salah was arrested together with an unnamed 17-year-old co-conspirator. Saleh’s other alleged co-conspirator,  Fareed Mumuni, a 21-year-old U.S. cit­i­zen from New York, was arrested on June 17, 2015. Mumuni also attempted to attack a law enforce­ment offi­cer who had come to his res­i­dence to ques­tion him.
  • Samuel Rahamin Topaz, a 20-year-old U.S. cit­i­zen from New Jer­sey and a con­vert to Islam, was arrested on June 18, 2015, for allegedly attempt­ing to travel to join ISIS. Topaz had engaged in con­ver­sa­tions with Saleh and Mumuni, who allegedly encour­aged his plans. Topaz had also been in con­tact with Alaa Saadeh, a 23-year-old U.S. cit­i­zen from New Jer­sey arrested on June 29 and Saadeh’s brother, a U.S. cit­i­zen and for­mer New Jer­sey res­i­dent who was arrested in June in Jor­dan, allegedly on his way to join ISIS. Topaz and Saadeh had both report­edly planned to meet Saadeh’s brother in ISIS con­trolled ter­ri­tory together with Munther Saleh

    Justin Sullivan of North Carolina allegedly planned a domestic attack.

    Justin Sul­li­van of North Car­olina allegedly planned a domes­tic attack.

  • Amir Said Abdul Rah­man Al-Ghazi (for­merly Robert McCul­lum), a 38-year-old U.S. cit­i­zen and a con­vert to Islam from Ohio, was arrested on June 19, 2015, on charges of pro­vid­ing mate­r­ial sup­port to ISIS, being a felon in pos­ses­sion of a weapon and dis­tri­b­u­tion of mar­i­juana. Al-Ghazi had attempted to recruit for ISIS by cre­at­ing pro-ISIS pro­pa­ganda videos. He had pur­chased the gun for which he was charged as well as a machete for his pro­pa­ganda videos. Al-Ghazi had also expressed inter­est in under­tak­ing a domes­tic attack involv­ing the derail­ing of a train.
  • Justin Nojan Sul­li­van, a 19-year-old U.S. cit­i­zen and con­vert to Islam from North Car­olina, was arrested on June 22, 2015, on charges of pro­vid­ing mate­r­ial sup­port to ISIS. Sul­li­van allegedly planned to attack local estab­lish­ments, allegedly for train­ing, and fol­low them up with a bomb­ing. Although the tar­get for his bomb­ing was unspec­i­fied, Sul­li­van expressed intent to kill 1,000 people.

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June 25, 2015 0

Malik Zulu Shabazz Calls For Violence In Charleston, South Carolina

Malik Zulu Shabazz, the racist and anti-Semitic for­mer leader of the New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP) and cur­rent head of Black Lawyers for Jus­tice (BLJ), trav­eled to Charleston, South Car­olina, where he called for vio­lence in the after­math of the shoot­ing that killed nine peo­ple at the Emanuel AME Church.

Hashim Nzinga (left) and Malik Zulu Shabazz (right) lead protestors in Charleston

Hashim Nzinga (left) and Malik Zulu Shabazz (right) lead pro­tes­tors in Charleston

On June 23, Shabazz orga­nized a rally in front of the Emanuel AME Church billed as “National Rally #1 In Defense of the Black Church.” From the stage, Shabazz ref­er­enced  Den­mark Vesey, who in 1822 plot­ted a rebel­lion against slav­ery in which, accord­ing to PBS, he and oth­ers “planned to seize Charleston’s arse­nals and guard houses, kill the Gov­er­nor, set fire to the city, and kill every white man they saw.” Shabazz stated:

Den­mark Vesey had a plan to kill all the slave mas­ters in the state. Den­mark Vesey had a plan to kill every last one of them and kill all their god­damn fam­i­lies, and we need some new Den­mark Veseys today. We gotta com­plete what Den­mark didn’t fin­ish. He never fin­ished his mis­sion, but the real chil­dren of Den­mark Vesey is [sic] out here today.

Shabazz has planned a sec­ond rally he is call­ing “Rally to Bury White Supremacy: Mas­sive National Demon­stra­tion #2” sched­uled at the same loca­tion on June 27. Hashim Nzinga, the cur­rent chair­man of the NBPP attended the June 23 rally and is sched­uled to attend this one as well.

While Shabazz attempts to por­tray him­self as a civil rights leader, he con­tin­ues to inject his big­otry and vio­lent rhetoric into high-profile racially-charged events, inflam­ing already tense situations.

Pre­vi­ously, in the after­math of Fred­die Gray’s death in Bal­ti­more, Shabazz orga­nized protests and called for vio­lence against law enforce­ment on Fox News Radio’s “The Alan Colmes Show.” Shabazz told Colmes that “those young Bal­ti­more youth are liken to the Pales­tini­ans bat­tling an Israeli occupier…some peo­ple might need to get hurt in self-defense.”

These state­ments echoed those he made on Black Power Radio, where he jus­ti­fied the burn­ing down of a CVS and told his audi­ence that “We’re gonna stop all of this god­damn talk­ing and raise up an army and deal with you mother—ers.”

Sim­i­larly, after Michael Brown was killed by police in Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri, Shabazz and other NBPP lead­ers trav­eled to Fer­gu­son, aggra­vat­ing the sit­u­a­tion there. Shabazz led pro­test­ers in chants call­ing for the death of the offi­cer who shot Michael Brown. Using a mega­phone, Shabazz yelled, “Who do we want?” The pro­tes­tors responded, “Dar­ren Wil­son!” Shabazz: “How do we want him?” Pro­tes­tors: “Dead!”

In 2012, the NBPP, then under the lead­er­ship of Shabazz, also offered a $10,000 reward for the “cap­ture” of George Zim­mer­man, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Mar­tin in Florida.

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