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June 30, 2015

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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March 3, 2015

Farrakhan’s Saviours’ Day Sermon (Part 2) Loaded With Anti-Semitism

While Part 1 of Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan’s 2015 Saviours’ Day sermon largely avoided the topic of Jews, in Part 2 of his sermon (March 1), Farrakhan alleged that Jews committed the 9/11 attacks and control the U.S. government.

Part 2 of Farrakhan's 2015 Saviours' Day sermon in Chicago

Part 2 of Farrakhan’s 2015 Saviours’ Day sermon in Chicago

The NOI’s Saviours’ Day provides Farrakhan with an annual platform to display his hatred for Jews. This year, promulgating a number of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jews and 9/11, Farrakhan explained to the congregation at Mosque Maryam in Chicago that  “thanks to the exemplary work of scholars like Victor Thorn and Christopher Bollyn, it is now becoming apparent that there were many Israelis and Zionist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks.”

Citing “evidence” from anti-Semitic 9/11 conspiracy theorists that Israelis were supposedly “arrested immediately after the attacks but quickly released and sent to Israel,” that the attacks were a plot for the Jewish owner of the World Trade Center to collect billions of dollars in insurance money, that “Israelis had foreknowledge of the attacks,” and that “we know that many Jews received a text message not to come to work on September 11,” Farrakhan concluded that 9/11 was a “false flag operation” to start a war between the West and the Muslim world. Blaming Jews for 9/11 is a common NOI tactic for riling up anti-Semitic hatred.

Farrakhan also invoked anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about supposed Jewish control of the American government. He claimed that U.S. foreign aid to Israel is given “without consulting the American people because they [Israel and Jews] have been working for years to control your representatives in Congress, in the Senate, in the House of Representatives.” He also claimed that Israel constantly acts against America’s interests, but “they don’t fear America because they control it from within.”

Additionally, Farrakhan referred to comments by former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz in which Dershowitz listed Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and some U.S. Senators and Representatives as supposedly opposing aspects of President Obama’s foreign policy. Continuing the theme of Jewish control, Farrakhan then adds, “You see what is happening is he is exposing those that he has control over.”

Towards the end of his remarks, Farrakhan mentioned that he planned to talk more about “Jewish manipulation of money products and slavery,” but that he will need to get this message, among others, to his followers at another time.

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February 9, 2015

Nation Of Islam Turns Up Anti-Semitism Prior To Saviours’ Day

In the lead-up to the Nation of Islam’s (NOI) annual Saviours’ Day planned for February 22, the NOI has increased the amount of anti-Semitic content on the website of its “Research Group” and its associated social media accounts.

NOIRG homepage as of Feb. 2, 2015

NOIRG homepage as of Feb. 2, 2015

Under the guise of supposedly publishing “historical research,” the NOI Research Group’s (NOIRG) homepage currently features 13 headlines, 9 of which deal with Judaism. Below are some examples:

  • A February 2 article titled “Kanye West Meets Jewish Power” invokes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish control of a number of industries. Discussing Jews as if they act together as one group to keep down the African-American community, Tingba Muhammad writes, “For Jews, our continued subjection and dependency are just good business.” Regarding 2013 comments by Kanye West that President Obama was not delivering because “Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people,” Tingba Muhammad claims that various groups denounced West’s comments not because of the content of what West said, but rather because of West’s business acumen, which supposedly represented a threat to “Jewish dominance in the fields of business trade, commerce, and finance.” Tingba Muhammad also appeals to myths of Jewish financial control of the Black community in writing that individuals like West are targeted because they represent “the dead-end path Jewish financiers of negro leadership have demanded that we go down.”
  •  In a January 28 piece titled “The Holocaust, History, and Hate,” Ashahed Muhammad reflects on a trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, which he describes as “indoctrination at its finest, but what do you expect?” Muhammad asks, “How could a group experience such terrible suffering, yet, in an ironically tragic role reversal, shockingly participate in inflicting the same type of suffering upon others?” Ashahed Muhammad likens the Nazis’ systematic murder of 6 million Jews to Israeli policies in the West Bank and Gaza as well as what he describes as “the documented involvement of Jewish people in developing the architecture of White Supremacy and Jim Crow.”
  •  A December 22, 2014, article, “Back-Peddling Back to God: Lessons from Jewish history,” starts out claiming the Jewish community provides a positive example for the Black community but then descends into the NOI’s typical anti-Semitic theories about supposed Jewish control over Blacks. The article asks, “Who controls the banking, the commerce and trade—the economic and financial aspects—of our Black communities?” It likens Jews returning to the synagogue to “honeybees return[ing] to the hive, to share this intellectual and financial nectar and to strategize about how to MANAGE and CONTROL the territory and its dynamics.”

In previous years, the NOI has also dedicated its online resources to attacking Jews as a prelude to the anti-Semitic Saviours’ Day keynote address by Louis Farrakhan.

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