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March 31, 2016 6

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 3

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

Farrakhan - Iran

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 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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