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December 6, 2013 28

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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October 24, 2013 0

Farrakhan’s Absence From NOI Event Spotlights Possible Successor, Ishmael Muhammad

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Ish­mael Muham­mad with Mayor Johnny Ford at 2013 Holy Day of Atone­ment in Tuskegee, Alabama

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan’s last minute absence from the 2013 Holy Day of Atone­ment event in Tuskegee, Alabama, on Octo­ber 20, may shed light on the future direc­tion of the group’s leadership.

Far­rakhan was not able to give his annual keynote address due to hos­pi­tal­iza­tion for “an infec­tion,” accord­ing to his daugh­ter Donna. In pre­vi­ous years, his Holy Day of Atone­ment addresses have been marked by his noto­ri­ously anti-Semitic world­view, includ­ing his two-part keynote address last year in Chicago and Char­lotte.

Ish­mael Muham­mad, assis­tant min­is­ter at Mosque Maryam, the NOI’s flag­ship mosque in Chicago, and son of for­mer NOI leader Eli­jah Muham­mad, gave the keynote address in Farrakhan’s absence.

Muham­mad was intro­duced by Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford as one of the “new lead­ers of the Nation of Islam” and as “a new begin­ning.” In Muham­mad address, he deliv­ered “the mes­sage that [Far­rakhan] gave to [him],” pro­lif­i­cally prais­ing Far­rakhan, and announc­ing the NOI’s new “eco­nomic blueprint.”

The day after Muhammad’s speech, he tweeted, “We showed the world on Sun­day that the Nation is not just Louis Far­rakhan, it is Allah’s!!!”

Muham­mad has long been regarded as the most likely suc­ces­sor to Far­rakhan. His pub­lic role grew in 1999 when Far­rakhan was seri­ously ill with com­pli­ca­tions from treat­ment for prostate can­cer. And in 2006, when Far­rakhan issued an open let­ter say­ing that he was relin­quish­ing his lead­er­ship role with the group after nearly 30 years due to ill­ness, Muham­mad con­tin­ued to play a cen­tral role in most major NOI events.

In 2007, W.D. Mohammed, another son of for­mer NOI leader Eli­jah Muham­mad, who rejected his father’s racist ide­ol­ogy and steered a new course away from hatred, reit­er­ated the widely held belief that Ish­mael Muham­mad is the most likely con­tender for NOI lead­er­ship. Dur­ing a lec­ture at the Clin­ton Pres­i­den­tial Library in Arkansas, W.D. said Ish­mael is poised to “clear up the destruc­tion of the reli­gion in the Nation of Islam.”

Unlike Far­rakhan, Muham­mad does not have an exten­sive pub­lic record of anti-Semitism or big­otry, but he has fre­quently defended Farrakhan’s bla­tantly hate­ful messages.

While Muham­mad has dis­cussed his reluc­tance to take on the lead­er­ship of the NOI on sev­eral occa­sions over the years, he con­tin­ues to fill in for Far­rakhan at the most crit­i­cal moments.

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June 13, 2013 3

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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