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February 29, 2016 224

Louis Farrakhan Joins List Of Extremists Praising Donald Trump

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan made anti-Semitic accu­sa­tions of Jew­ish gov­ern­men­tal con­trol while prais­ing pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump dur­ing the 2016 Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon at the NOI’s Mosque Maryam in Chicago on Feb­ru­ary 28.

Farrakhan delivering his Saviours' Day sermon (Part 1) at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit

Far­rakhan deliv­er­ing his Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon (Part 1) at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit

While Part 1 of Far­rakhan’s 2016 Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon last week at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena largely avoided the topic of Jews, in Part 2 of his ser­mon yes­ter­day, Far­rakhan stated that Trump “is the only man…that stood in front of some mem­bers of the Jew­ish com­mu­nity and told them ‘I don’t want your money’… Any time a man can say to those who con­trol the pol­i­tics of Amer­ica, ‘I don’t want your money,’ that means if I don’t take your money, you can’t con­trol me. And they can­not afford to give up con­trol of the pres­i­dents of the United States.” How­ever, Far­rakhan also dis­tanced him­self from a full endorse­ment of Trump stat­ing, “Not that I’m for Mr. Trump, but I like what I’m look­ing at.”

The NOI’s Sav­iours’ Day pro­vides Far­rakhan with an annual plat­form to dis­play his hatred for Jews. This year, in addi­tion to his com­ments about Trump rep­re­sent­ing a break from the sup­pos­edly other Jewish-controlled pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates, Far­rakhan also blamed Jews, which he refers to as the “Syn­a­gogue of Satan” for the Iraq War and 9/11.

While Far­rakhan tried to defend his use of the phrase “Syn­a­gogue of Satan” by dis­cussing its ori­gins from the Book of Rev­e­la­tions, his alle­ga­tions of nefar­i­ous Jew­ish con­trol over the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment and world events still very much con­sti­tute anti-Semitism. For exam­ple, Far­rakhan claimed, “[for­mer U.S. Deputy Sec­re­tary of Defense Paul] Wol­fowitz, so-called Jew, but a mem­ber of the Syn­a­gogue of Satan…Satan is a human being with­out human char­ac­ter­is­tics. That’s why the rev­e­la­tor called them beasts in human form. These are peo­ple sit­ting in the Pen­ta­gon, plan­ning the destruc­tion of Mus­lim nations.”

He added, “Wol­fowitz had 10 years now, to plan how they’re gonna clean out the Mid­dle East and take over those Mus­lim nations. They needed another Pearl Har­bor. They needed some event that was cat­a­clysmic, that would make the Amer­i­can peo­ple rise up, ready for war…they plot­ted a false flag oper­a­tion and when a gov­ern­ment is so rot­ten that they will kill inno­cent peo­ple to accom­plish a polit­i­cal objec­tive, you are not deal­ing with a human. You’re deal­ing with Satan him­self, the Syn­a­gogue of Satan.” He con­cluded, “Now they got into the Bush admin­is­tra­tion and on 9/11 the Twin Tow­ers went down…George Bush, and those dev­ils, Satans around him. They plot­ted 9/11. Ain’t no Mus­lim took con­trol of no plane.”

Promotional flyer for Part 2 of Farrakhan's Saviours' Day sermon in Chicago

Pro­mo­tional flyer for Part 2 of Farrakhan’s Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon in Chicago

The idea that Jews are to blame for 9/11 is noth­ing new for Far­rakhan, who told his Sav­iours’ Day audi­ence last year that “it is now becom­ing appar­ent that there were many Israelis and Zion­ist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks.”

Despite Farrakhan’s decades-long his­tory of racism and anti-Semitism, Far­rakhan con­tin­ues to receive sup­port from celebri­ties and elected offi­cials. Far­rakhan was also pro­vided with a plat­form to pro­mote anti-Semitism in Iran ear­lier this month as a spe­cial guest at mul­ti­ple high-level events, meet­ing with cur­rent and for­mer Iran­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials.

Far­rakhan also announced that he does not intend to speak again any time soon, but did not elab­o­rate on the rea­son. Far­rakhan has been absent from some key NOI events recently due to his ail­ing health, but even at the age of 82, Far­rakhan con­tin­ues to avoid the topic of a suc­ces­sor. Dur­ing Sav­iours’ Day he said, “If you want to know who my suc­ces­sor is then you ask Allah because I’m not wise enough to make that choice and I have not made any such choice because it’s not in my pay grade.” Despite the NOI’s appar­ent pol­icy of avoid­ing this topic, the orga­ni­za­tion has at times spot­lighted Mosque Maryam’s Assis­tant Min­is­ter Ish­mael Muham­mad as a pos­si­ble successor.

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February 9, 2016 71

White Supremacist Messages Flood Facebook After Anti-Semitic Posting by Ted Nugent

Rock musi­cian and right-wing activist Ted Nugent sur­prised many of his fol­low­ers on Feb­ru­ary 8 when he posted to his Face­book page a bla­tantly anti-Semitic graphic that labeled a dozen promi­nent sup­port­ers of gun con­trol mea­sures as Jews and asked “So who is really behind gun control?”

Angelo John Gage

Angelo John Gage

The graphic was one that had cir­cu­lated in white suprema­cist cir­cles for sev­eral years before Nugent gave it new life, telling his fol­low­ers to “Know these punks. They hate free­dom, they hate good over evil…you know how evil they are.”

To their credit, a num­ber of Nugent fans expressed dis­may at his post­ing. One prophetic Nugent fol­lower, a self-described 40-year fan, described the post as “appalling” and informed the aging rocker that he had just “opened the gates for hun­dreds of Jew haters and Holo­caust deniers to pour out their garbage on your page.”

Sadly, that was exactly what hap­pened. Pre­dictably, white suprema­cists and anti-Semites flooded to Nugent’s Face­book page to endorse his post and share it with their own Face­book friends (in less than 24 hours, the post had been shared over 2,800 times). Hun­dreds of white suprema­cists rushed to exploit and amplify Nugent’s post with their own pro­pa­ganda, includ­ing a num­ber of promi­nent white suprema­cists, such as for­mer Klans­man David Duke, neo-Nazi David Pringle, Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work founder Matt Heim­bach and for­mer National Youth Front leader Angelo John Gage.

Gage, a white suprema­cist activist, blog­ger and occa­sional polit­i­cal can­di­date, helped start the rush when he quickly posted a YouTube video about Nugent’s post­ing, say­ing “it shows all these Jews, all of them,” and urg­ing like-minded peo­ple to go to Face­book and “start blast­ing” anti-Semitic pro­pa­ganda. Gage was not alone. Scott Roberts, another anti-Semite, posted his own YouTube video about the inci­dent, explain­ing that “we seized this oppor­tu­nity, Angelo, myself, David Duke…we are inject­ing that anti-Semitic truth, and tak­ing the point [Nugent] ini­tially came out with and ham­mer­ing it home.”

On the white suprema­cist dis­cus­sion forum Storm­front, neo-Nazis and other white suprema­cists made sim­i­lar pleas. “Any­one that is pro-white or ‘alt-right’,” posted user “Raven­Claw, “needs to jump on this and com­ment. Post David Duke videos on there.” Another Storm­fron­ter, “Pol­ish­SlavAryan,” asked, “Can we all work together as a team to make it go viral? The main­stream needs to know.” An Ore­gon Storm­fron­ter explained that “even at this early point the expo­sure is priceless…Some will look into the ‘jew­ish prob­lem’ a bit fur­ther. Win.”

Hun­dreds of anti-Semites indeed flocked to Nugent’s Face­book page to share their opin­ions of Jews. “Jews are the exis­ten­tial enemy to the white race and need to be exter­mi­nated off the face of [the] Earth,” wrote a Face­book user with the screen name “Max Macro.” User Dan Dean echoed those sen­ti­ments: “Zion­ists Jews are your dead­liest enemy. Vir­tual wolves in sheep’s cloth­ing. Deep dark­ness cloaked in a false light.” Oth­ers took the oppor­tu­nity to pro­mote anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries, Holo­caust denial, and anti-Semitic stereo­types, epi­thets and canards.

A Face­book user with the Holocaust-themed screen name “Zykklon Beaner” urged Nugent not to retract his state­ment: “No apolo­gies, Ted, stick by your guns, lit­er­ally and fig­u­ra­tively! F__k these sup­posed ‘cho­sen’ Zion­ist scum!”

So far, Nugent has nei­ther apol­o­gized for or deleted his post. To date, his only reac­tion was to make another post in which he raged against peo­ple who had called his orig­i­nal mes­sage anti-Semitic and asked how any­one “could pos­si­bly not know that Jews for gun con­trol are Nazis in dis­guise?” Mean­while, he wrote, “I adjust my yamika [sic] at my bar­mitzva [sic] play­ing my kosher guitar.”

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February 3, 2016 1

Our New Forum For Ideas, ADL@SALON

By Jonathan Green­blatt
CEO of the Anti-Defamation League

This arti­cle orig­i­nally appeared on The Huff­in­g­ton Post Blog

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I have always believed that it takes more than one per­son, one leader, or one insti­tu­tion to solve the tough­est chal­lenges. As I began my tenure as CEO six months ago, I real­ized that in order to achieve our time­less mis­sion — to stop the defama­tion of the Jew­ish peo­ple and to secure fair treat­ment and jus­tice to all — we would need to har­ness the ener­gies of inno­va­tion and dis­cover new ways to sharpen our focus on the most rel­e­vant issues fac­ing our com­mu­nity and our nation. We would need to broaden our tent, to attract the bright­est peo­ple, and to wel­come new ideas.

That is why I’m thrilled today to launch a new ini­tia­tive aimed at open­ing our minds to the cut­ting edge, to bring together diver­gent voices into dia­logue in an open and unfet­tered exchange.

We’re call­ing it ADL@Salon.

To meet the demands of a cen­tury defined by rapid change, it is my belief that ADL trans­form itself into a learn­ing orga­ni­za­tion, one capa­ble of con­tin­u­ous rein­ven­tion. In short, an orga­ni­za­tion that thrives on innovation.

In this still new cen­tury, we face what can seem insur­mount­able chal­lenges with­out obvi­ous solu­tions. As Pres­i­dent Obama took note of just last week, anti-Semitism is unde­ni­ably ris­ing around the world. We face fail­ing and failed states breed­ing extrem­ism, such as the grow­ing influ­ence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and their affil­i­ates around the Mid­dle East. We face racism in many guises, from police bru­tal­ity to edu­ca­tion inequal­ity.

Our polit­i­cal dis­course is stained by appeals to stereo­typ­ing and scape­goat­ing. We see hard won gains in women’s rights and LGBT rights at risk of being rolled back. Around the world and even here at home, we see trou­bling trends in cam­paigns to de-legitimize and demo­nize the state of Israel, even as the con­flict between Israel and its neigh­bors seems as intractable as ever.

Build­ing the coali­tions that are will­ing to think through the solu­tions to these great chal­lenges undoubt­edly means widen­ing the tent. It means gath­er­ing input and ideas from a greater range of voices, even those with whom we might disagree.

As hatred and extrem­ism migrate to the uncharted realm of the inter­net, as the very def­i­n­i­tion of social move­ments has been fun­da­men­tally trans­formed by new modes of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and com­mu­nity, we must build the engines that spark new ideas and new approaches.

Inspired by the intense exchanges in Euro­pean cafés that led to inven­tions and rev­o­lu­tions in pol­i­tics and sci­ence which shaped the mod­ern world, ADL@Salon aims to bring together thought lead­ers across the broad spec­trum of our work to engage in high level and off-the-record con­ver­sa­tions in order to infuse new ideas and approaches for com­bat­ing hatred and prej­u­dice in our world.

The inau­gural ADL@Salon will take place today at our national head­quar­ters in New York.  Har­ness­ing the exper­tise of lead­ing schol­ars and for­eign pol­icy prac­ti­tion­ers, we will look for­ward to assess what the future holds in store for the Mid­dle East, and how U.S. pol­icy should respond to these trends.

Co-sponsored by our friends at the Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Rela­tions and Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment, a pub­lic pol­icy think-tank head­quar­tered in Bel­grade and New York, our aim is not to broad­cast our dis­cus­sions broadly, but har­ness these and inform our new direc­tions and positions.

ADL@Salon is the start of a new way of approach at ADL. Future part­ners in our con­ver­sa­tions come from across a broad array of fields—from schol­ars to advo­cates, pol­icy pro­fes­sion­als to busi­ness lead­ers. We will con­sider the chal­lenges of the 21st century’s civil rights agenda. We will think deeply about the rela­tion­ship between the United States and Israel in these times of change. We will wel­come the entre­pre­neurs and inno­va­tors of Sil­i­con Val­ley into con­ver­sa­tion to chal­lenge our think­ing about how we approach social problems.

What if ADL can be the place that inspires brave think­ing? What if we can bring together the minds that lead us smartly toward our “big bets?” I believe that through dia­logue and the exchange of ideas and infor­ma­tion, we can trans­form our response to 21st cen­tury challenges.

As the lead­ing orga­ni­za­tion fight­ing anti-Semitism and defend­ing the civil rights of all, I believe ADL is poised to inspire great change. That is what ADL@Salon is truly about.

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