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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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July 18, 2014

Hackers Strike Pennsylvania Synagogue Website Over Gaza

Update – October 8: The Moroc­can Islamic Union-Mail claimed credit for hack­ing into the Mass­a­chu­setts Mar­itime Academy’s web­site in defense of  the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Update – July 21: A similar hack by the Moroccan Islamic Union-mail targeted a congregation in Houston over the weekend.

Politically motivated hack­ers from the Arab world have once again targeted Jewish websites in the United States. The Moroccan Islamic Union-mail hacker group claimed responsibility today for vandalizing the website of Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania.moroccan-islamic-union-mail-facebook

The group posted a message on the defaced synagogue website stating, “end Israeli violence in #Gaza” with an image of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian who was killed earlier this month in Jerusalem by what appears to be a group of Jewish extremists.

As statement posted on the Moroccan Islamic Union-mail Facebook page claimed responsibility for the hack, describing the synagogue as “A Zionist Assembly.”

Last week, posts threatening Israel “with major operations” and “strong electronic attacks” appeared on the group’s Facebook page after Israel began its military operation to stop Hamas’s rocket attacks from Gaza.


Moroccan Islamic Union-mail take credit for hack on Facebook

The Moroccan Islamic Union-mail also claimed on its Facebook page that it is affiliated with the Moroccan Ghosts, another hacker group responsible for a series of attacks on Jewish websites in the United States over the past two years.

The Moroccan Ghosts re-emerged in recent days with a wave of new attacks on a number of Israeli websites, including the website of the Helping Hand Coalition, an Israeli organization that provides testimonies from Holocaust Survivors (its website is hosted in Illinois). The Moroccan Ghosts posted a propaganda video for the Qasssam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, in Hebrew threatening Israelis with retaliation.

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March 7, 2014

Anti-Immigrant Movement Dealt Three Major Blows In One Day

Earlier this week, two U.S. Supreme Court orders and a settlement agreement out of South Carolina dealt major blows to the anti-immigrant movement’s agenda.supreme-court-east-facade

On March 3, the Supreme Court declined to hear appeals by the cities of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, and Farmers Branch, Texas, letting stand lower court rulings that had struck down both cities’ anti-immigrant ordinances.  Hazleton and Farmers Branch gained national notoriety when they passed ordinances barring undocumented immigrants from renting property in the towns. 

In both cases, lower courts struck down the ordinances as unconstitutional and preempted by federal law.  The Supreme Court’s orders denying the appeals requests end the legal battles, which have been ongoing since 2006, and secure a permanent victory for immigration and civil rights groups. 

On the same day as the Supreme Court’s orders, South Carolina officials settled a lawsuit with immigrant and civil rights groups over the state’s anti-immigrant laws.  In 2011 South Carolina passed a law similar to Arizona’s SB 1070 that, among other things, required local law enforcement to investigate people’s immigration status if they had reason to believe the person was undocumented. 

The provision, commonly known as “papers please,” effectively required local law enforcement officers to function as immigration enforcers.  In a letter submitted to the court signed jointly by the Attorney General and the Solicitor General, earlier this week South Carolina agreed that local law enforcement would not hold people purely to determine immigration status.  The letter further conceded that the law does not permit state and local officials to arrest or hold anyone believed to be undocumented “for any purpose, even to transfer the individual to federal custody.”

The Supreme Court orders and South Carolina settlement are major defeats for the anti-immigrant movement and its “attrition through enforcement” agenda. In the early to mid-2000s, the movement crafted this agenda, also known as “self-deportation.”

The goal was to make life so difficult for immigrants that they would “self-deport” from the city or state and move to another, or ultimately back to their country of origin.  Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and a lawyer with the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), the legal arm of the extreme anti-immigrant organization Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), is the mastermind behind attrition through enforcement and one of the leaders promoting the agenda today. Kobach helped to draft and defend the ordinances in Farmers Branch, Hazelton, and many other cities as well as Arizona’s SB 1070 law.

The Supreme Court orders and South Carolina settlement are part of a wider trend of defeat for the anti-immigrant movement.   Since the beginning of 2013 there has been a major decline in anti-immigrant legislation introduced at the state level nationwide. Pro-immigrant legislation is on the rise and the anti-immigrant movement is on the defense, attempting to stop this influx of legislation instead of continuing to draft “attrition through enforcement” bills. These latest developments send a clear message to the anti-immigrant movement and state and local legislators that anti-immigrant legislation not only divides communities but it does not hold up in court.

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