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March 31, 2016

Nation of Islam Provides Platform For Anti-Semitic 9/11 Truthers

The Nation of Islam (NOI) has published a series of interviews with anti-Semitic 9/11 conspiracy theorists to support Farrakhan’s repeated claim that Jews are to blame for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

NOI Research Group promoting on Twitter the interview with anti-Semitic 9/11 truther Christopher Bollyn

NOI Research Group promoting on Twitter the interview with anti-Semitic 9/11 truther Christopher Bollyn

The NOI’s Research Group published the hateful interviews on its website in response to ADL’s article in the Huffington Post Reconciliation Cannot Mean Turning a Blind Eye to Farrakhan’s Anti-Semitism, an answer to Russell Simmons’ The Nation of Islam and the Anti-Defamation League—Now is the Time to Mend Fences.

In “9/11 Expert Responds To ADL Attack On Minister Farrakhan” (March 25), the “expert” the NOI interviewed to back up its hateful conspiracy theories is 9/11 truther and anti-Semite Kevin Barrett. Barrett, a former instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a columnist for the anti-Semitic website Veterans Today, where he has blamed Jews for the Charlie Hebdo attack, the creation of ISIS, the 2011 attacks in Norway that killed 77, the 2001 anthrax poisonings, among other things all supposedly perpetrated by Israel in order to “incite hatred of Muslims and solidarity with Israel.”

Statements made by Barrett in this NOI Research Group interview include:

  • “The 9/11 false flag operation was designed to defame Arabs, Palestinians, and Muslims in general, in service to Israel.”
  • “Israel’s Mossad…is the only intelligence agency with the means, motive, and opportunity to pull off 9/11 – a very complex cover-and-deception operation that had to have been overseen by an intelligence agency.”
  • “Jewish Zionists, ranging from hard-line neocons to ‘liberal Zionists’…have led the cover-up of 9/11.”
  • “But Americans would certainly find a way to peacefully put an end to the illegitimate entity [Israel] that not only attacked them on 9/11 but also has stolen trillions of dollars, dragged America into ruinous wars, destroyed our economy, and shredded our Constitution.”

    Farrakhan promoting the anti-Semitic interview with Kevin Barrett on Facebook

    Farrakhan promoting the anti-Semitic interview with Kevin Barrett on Facebook

In “Journalist Christopher Bollyn Backs Farrakhan On 9/11: Israel Did It!” (March 29) the NOI presents as an “expert” anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist Christopher Bollyn. Bollyn was one of the earliest promoters of anti-Semitic 9/11 theories blaming Israel and Jews for the attacks and wrote in his 2012 book that “The ‘false flag’ ter­ror­ism of 9/11 is a mon­strous Jewish-Zionist crime of our time.  The true cul­prits of this heinous crime are clearly being pro­tected by a gang of like-minded Jew­ish Zion­ists in the high­est posi­tions of the U.S. government…” He has also written numerous other articles on his website that accuse Jews of controlling the media and government.

Bollyn stated the following to the NOI Research Group:

  • “The best evidence tying Israel to the 9/11 atrocity is the fact that the key people involved in every aspect of the crime and the cover-up are Israelis and Zionists, from A to Z.”
  • “The one-hundred percent consistency of Zionists and Israelis throughout the 9/11 saga provides compelling evidence that the crime is a Zionist/Israeli crime.”
  •  “…the most important thing is that we get the truth to a critical mass of the population…This is the only way we can remove the Zionist criminal cabal that controls our government and media.”

In “Scholar Backs Farrakhan on 9/11 (March 23), the “scholar” the NOI promotes is James Fet­zer, one of the co-founders of Schol­ars for 9/11 Truth, an orga­ni­za­tion that is com­posed of aca­d­e­mics and oth­ers who believe that the U.S. gov­ern­ment played a role in the 9/11 attacks. Fetzer is also a colum­nist for the anti-Semitic web­site Vet­er­ans Today and has writ­ten arti­cles in which he pro­motes anti-Semitic 9/11 con­spir­acy theories.

Fetzer made the following statements in his interview with the NOI:

  • “The plan appears to have originated in the fertile mind of Benjamin Netanyahu, who wanted to devise a plan to draw the United States into a war with the Arab nations that served as a counter-balance to Israel’s domination of the Middle East.”
  • “9/11 was brought to us compliments of the CIA, the Neo-Cons in the Department of Defense and the Mossad.”
  • “We present proof of Israeli and Zionist involvement from the security at the airports to the World Trade Center…and many others involved in setting the 9/11 stage and carrying it out.”

The idea that Jews are to blame for 9/11 is noth­ing new for Far­rakhan, who told his 2016 Saviours’ Day audience that the “Syn­a­gogue of Satan” is to blame for the Iraq War and 9/11. During his 2015 Sav­iours’ Day remarks, Farrakhan stated, “It is now becom­ing appar­ent that there were many Israelis and Zion­ist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks.” The NOI’s Sav­iours’ Day pro­vides Far­rakhan with an annual plat­form to dis­play his hatred for Jews.

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 in February as a spe­cial guest at mul­ti­ple high-level events, meet­ing with cur­rent and for­mer Iran­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials.

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March 17, 2016

Reconciliation Cannot Mean Turning a Blind Eye to Farrakhan’s Anti-Semitism

By Jonathan Green­blatt
CEO of the Anti-Defamation League

This article originally appeared on The Huff­in­g­ton Post Blog

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As the new CEO of ADL, I have recommitted ADL to our historic civil rights agenda. In my short tenure as head of ADL, I have brought my leadership team to the cradle of the civil rights movement in Atlanta, Selma and Montgomery to recommit to our immense task of achieving equal justice and fair treatment to all. We have vigorously lobbied Congress to pass legislation to undo the damage to the Voting Rights Act caused by the Supreme Court ruling in 2013; we have channeled our outrage after the tragedy in Charleston to launch a coalition-based campaign of #50StatesAgainstHate to ensure that all states have effective hate crime laws to protect African-Americans and other marginalized communities; and we have taken up issues of education equity and the school to prison pipeline. And we are committing to addressing the injustice of mass incarceration, incidents of police brutality and criminal justice reform.

In the name of working to ensure equality, however, we are unwilling to give a pass to anti-Semitism and hate as exhibited by Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.

Indeed, one of the principles that underlie efforts to provide rights for all is the need to stand against bigotry wherever it surfaces. That was why I was frustrated to read Russell Simmons’ blog on Louis Farrakhan – “The Nation of Islam and the Anti-Defamation League- Now Is the Time to Mend Fences.”

Civil rights and social justice are core priorities for ADL under my leadership. But let me be clear: When it comes to the bigotry of Louis Farrakhan, there is not one iota separating me from my predecessor.

It always was true and remains so today that exposing and condemning Farrakhan’s hatred does not mean that he is beyond redemption. All of us should admit that we can do better.  But the onus for “mending fences” is not on the targets of his hate, but on Minister Farrakhan himself.

Minister Farrakhan, like others who engage in hate, has the opportunity to change. He could repudiate his long history of anti-Semitic statements, speeches and publications.  He could publicly commit never again to engage in such bigotry.  When this happens, it could be a historic moment and an opportunity to turn a new page.

But he has not done so. In fact, in recent years, he has actually doubled down on his anti-Semitic rants, accusing Jews of responsibility for 9-11, which he describes as “a false flag operation that was designed to…so frighten, alarm, and anger the American people that they could direct that anger against the Muslim world.” He has spun conspiracy theories of nefarious Jewish control of the African-American community, of America’s political system and media, and just about any other conspiracy theory that anti-Semites peddle.

We know that many in the African-American community have positive feelings toward Minister Farrakhan. We know that he has done much for his community.

I appreciate that Russell Simmons wants to see reconciliation. I know Russell is authentic in his desire to bring the parties together.  And I am sure that many others would like to see a similar rapprochement. But it’s unfortunate that Russell dismisses the long history of hatred that has characterized Minister Farrakhan’s remarks. But Farrakhan’s bigotry cannot so easily be brushed aside.

There is long history of bigotry that ADL has consistently spoken out against.  And this is not ancient history. As recently as last week, Farrakhan reiterated his obsession with Jews and our “wickedness.” And in prior public statements, we have heard his racism, his hateful statements directed at the LGBT community, and sometimes his use of violent rhetoric.

And the problem is compounded when good people like Russell Simmons willfully ignore this reality or opt to minimize such hostility, and then end up blaming ADL for the alienation from Farrakhan. There undoubtedly are positive aspects to Minister Farrakhan’s message to members of the African-American community, but no one should get a pass for hatred.

To set the record straight, there is no truth to the accusation that ADL calls “every African American leader an anti-Semite.” This is an outrageous charge on its face, considering that ADL has worked on behalf of civil rights in this country for decades. Martin Luther King Jr. was an ally and my predecessor marched alongside him in Selma and stood with him at the White House. ADL and African American leaders have worked hand in hand on many issues for generations.

While it is true that some public figures from the African American community have made bigoted statements that we have criticized, we have done the same when leaders from other communities also expressed anti-Semitism or other forms of prejudice, and even criticized bigotry from members of our own community.

But to say, however, that we accused Martin Luther King, Jr., Andrew Young and other Black leaders of being anti-Semites is flat out wrong and deeply hurtful. Yet this is a trope that Minister Farrakhan has used to wash himself clean of the very real charge levied against him for his hate. It is disappointing to see that Russell has restated these false claims.

ADL will continue to reinvigorate its work on the civil rights agenda because our mission and values compel us to. This work is a moral imperative in fulfillment of our mission to secure justice and fair treatment to all. In pursuit of that mission, we will continue to expose and vigorously condemn bigotry wherever it appears, including the anti-Semitism and bigotry of Louis Farrakhan.

But all of us can change.  When Minister Farrakhan is ready to make the same moral choice – to treat all of God’s children with the same dignity and respect – and publicly speak out against anti-Semitism or bigotry toward others whom he has demeaned, we will be ready to engage with him.

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February 29, 2016

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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