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December 6, 2013

In First Appearance After Heart Attack, Farrakhan Continues Anti-Semitism

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan’s first public appearance after suffering a heart attack featured a number of anti-Semitic claims about Jewish control over the American government, Black organizations and other sectors.farrakhan-indiana-heart-attack

During his December 1 speech at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Farrakhan revealed he was hospitalized approximately two months ago due to a heart attack. When Farrakhan was unable to deliver his 2013 Holy Day of Atonement speech in Alabama in October, the NOI originally said he was hospitalized for “an infection.”

In his speech, Farrakhan bluntly stated his theory about who controls the U.S. government: “…we’re gonna bring you up to speed. The American government is under control of the Zionists.” Farrakhan went on to claim that the Jewish community has power over the NOI and other Black organizations. “It’s not that I’m against the Jewish people. That’s just false…They have such power and influence that they made most of you believe that I’m against the Jewish people.”

He made similar claims about the NAACP, stating “You members of the NAACP, you want to put on a march to Washington but you don’t have no money, so who do you go to? You go to philanthropists, many of them are Jewish.” He continued, “They tell you who you can have speaking. And they told you don’t have Farrakhan. And you couldn’t say a damn thing because it wasn’t your money it was theirs.”

Farrakhan also described sending a copy of the NOI’s anti-Semitic book, The Secret Rela­tion­ship between Blacks and Jews, which alleges dis­pro­por­tion­ate Jew­ish involve­ment in the slave trade, to the “presidents of all the major Jewish organizations” as well as some Jewish public officials. This is not the first time Farrakhan has done so. The letter stated that the purpose of sending the book was to appeal to Jews who are “sitting on top of the world in power with riches and influence while the masses of my people…are in the worst condition of any member of the human family” to convince them to repair the “damage that has been done by your ancestors to mine.”

The crowd applauded as Farrakhan read the last line of the letter which claimed that if the Jews do not “make the wise and best choice,” that God “will bring you and your people to disgrace and ruin and destroy your power and influence here in America and throughout the world.”

Also in the sermon, Farrakhan compared the Jews of today to those of Jesus’ time, claiming both had disproportionate influence over the government. “Did you know the Jesus had a real problem with the Jewish community? They had power, the rabbis of that day, over the Roman authorities just as they have power today over our government,” he alleged.noi-rg-9-11-israel-tweet

Farrakhan’s blatantly anti-Semitic public statements are just one part of the NOI’s larger anti-Jewish propaganda campaign. The NOI Research Group (NOIRG), which created a website in 2012 that pro­motes vir­u­lently anti-Semitic con­spir­acy theories, tweeted and posted on Facebook a number of times that Israel was behind 9/11, including most recently (December 3) posting that “#Israel has an ugly history of deadly false flag operations, including 9/11….”

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June 13, 2013

Farrakhan Invited By Public Officials To Alabama Rallies

Update – June 17, 2013: During his remarks in front of the Alabama State Capitol, Farrakhan reportedly stated that white people, “don’t have the will to allow you to vote uncontested.” Farrakhan also reportedly told the crowd that Jews “know the value of money” and “misuse their power.” Speakers at the rally had no shortage of praise for Farrakhan. Sen. Hank Sanders’ wife, Faya Toure, a Selma lawyer who helped organize the event, called Farrakhan “one of the greatest leaders of our generation. I don’t care what the SPLC says, I don’t care what the Jews say.”

Update – June 14, 2013: In a letter to the Birmingham Jewish Federation, State Senator Hank Sanders reiterated his unabashed support for Louis Farrakhan speaking at the Alabama rallies. In the letter, Sanders stated, “I applaud him [Farrakhan] for the good things he has done,” turning a blind eye to Farrakhan’s decades of hateful words against Jews, white people, and the LGBT community.

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan was invited by a group of Alabama elected officials to participate in multiple June 14 rallies to support the extension of the federal Voting Rights Act. The rallies will take place in Birmingham, Selma, the Shelby County Courthouse, and the steps of the State Capitol in Montgomery.farrakhan-alabama-jews

The invitation to Farrakhan comes at a time when Farrakhan has made numerous egregiously anti-Semitic statements, claiming that “Satanic Jews” and the “Syn­a­gogue of Satan” control America’s gov­ern­ment, economy, media, and other sectors.

Despite his recent hateful statements in Detroit as well as his racist and anti-Semitic remarks over a three-decade career, Farrakhan was publicly endorsed by Alabama State Senators Hank Sanders (D-Selma) and Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro) and Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford.

During a speech in front of the seal of the Alabama State House last week, Senator Sanders said, “We’re really proud that the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has agreed [to speak].”

Mayor Ford added, “We reached out to Minister Farrakhan because we know that he has the power to mobilize Black people as well as some whites who believe in progress in working for freedom and justice.” He also called Farrakhan’s participation “historic.” Ford previously publicly showered Farrakhan with praise in March. While introducing Farrakhan before his speech to students at Tuskegee University, Ford gave him a key to the city and proclaimed him “honorary mayor of Tuskegee for life.”

On June 5, ADL called the invitation “a terrible mistake” and urged the public officials who invited Farrakhan to Alabama to “withdraw their invitation and reject his hateful rhetoric.”

In addition to the elected officials, others participating include the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Farrakhan’s demonization of Jews expands beyond his public speeches. He also spreads his hateful conspiratorial worldview through social media, the NOI’s traditional media arm, and his 52-week online lecture series, launched in January 2013.

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May 21, 2013

Detroit Religious Leaders Praise Farrakhan After Latest Anti-Semitic Outburst

Update: One day after Louis Far­rakhan deliv­ered an anti-Semitic speech at the Fel­low­ship Chapel in Detroit and was praised by Detroit reli­gious lead­ers, the NOI broad­cast what appears to be a pre-recorded anti-Jewish rant by Far­rakhan titled “Mak­ing Satan Known.”

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan was welcomed and praised by religious leaders after promoting his anti-Semitic worldview at a Detroit church last week.farrakhan-detroit-fellowship-chapel

During his visit to the city, Farrakhan was invited by Rev. Wendell Anthony, who is also the President of the Detroit branch of the NAACP, to address the Fellowship Chapel on May 17. His speech, which was attended by U.S. Rep. John Conyers and Detroit City Councilmember JoAnn Watson among others, invoked the type of egregious anti-Semitism that has marked him as a hatemonger for over three decades.

Farrakhan referred to “Satanic Jews” and the “Synagogue of Satan” controlling America’s government and other sectors, reportedly stating that President Barack Obama “surrounded himself with Satan…members of the Jewish community.”

Farrakhan also said that the Jewish people “have mastered the civilization now, but they’ve mastered it in evil… Who’s the owner of Hollywood that creates images and makes the people think that what is created on the screen is the way we should live? That’s Satan…Satan has devoured much of humanity.”

“The people that own Hollywood,” Farrakhan added, are “the same people that control your press, the same people that control your media, the same people who are the publishers the same people who are the distributors, the same Synagogue of Satan, and they put you before the world in this disgraceful matter.”

The NOI’s Newspaper The Final Call also paraphrased this part of Farrakhan’s speech thusly: “Jesus was the last hope for the Jewish people, but they rejected him. They are now in control of the media and the airwaves, gaining access to the ‘sacred territory’ which is the minds of the people.”

Instead of raising their voices to publicly reject Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism, some of the leadership in attendance at Fellowship Chapel publically praised him. According to The Final Call, Rev. Horace Sheffield, III of the New Destiny Baptist Church said, “We need someone to give us direction. I believe we have a leader here that can organize us.”

Sheffield also added, “They want to silence people who tell us the truth, and we know why this is happening and who is doing it, but we need some help with how to overcome it.”

Rev. David Bullock of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church stated that Farrakhan’s message was “impactful,” “timely,” and left him “inspired.”

Imam Mubarak Al-Mubarak of Warithuddin Mohammed Mosque said that “This message that the Minister gave today with respect to the Christians and the pastors is the same message that the Muslims and imams of our association need to hear.”  Imam Al-Mubarak continued, “Many are afraid of truth, and the Minister is more dynamic, more important, and relevant than we could ever imagine.”

Farrakhan’s sermon at Fellowship Chapel echoes his 52-week lecture series titled “The Time and What Must Be Done.” In Part 18 (May 11), Farrakhan discussed his theory that Jews control the President of the United States, saying that Jews will “continue to press my brother as President of the United States to do something about me…President Obama, don’t listen to these hyenas and jackals that are in high places. You would be wise to follow the dictates of your conscience, if it has not been taken by Satan.”

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