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December 6, 2012

Nation of Islam: Why No Jews In Spielberg’s Lincoln?

With the release of Steven Spielberg’s new movie, Lincoln, the Nation of Islam (NOI) has found another opportunity to promote its anti-Semitic book, The Secret Relationship between Blacks and Jews, which alleges disproportionate Jewish involvement in the slave trade.

Contrary to the established historical record, the NOI’s article, “Spielberg’s Lincoln: Plenty of Negroes, But Why No Jews?” says Spielberg “suspiciously ignores the critical role played by his own Jewish people in the War Between the States…This is not an oversight…[but] to ensure that his race is represented with dignity and respect.” The article explains Spielberg’s alleged motivations, saying that he “wants to reinforce the fiction that a single document [the 13th Amendment] exonerated America and ended forever a system by which his people grew so wealthy.”

The article was first published by the NOI Research Group, which maintains a website created in March of this year and promotes virulently anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that blame Jews for everything from perpetrating 9/11 to bringing on Hurricane Sandy’s destruction as divine punishment.

Consistent with NOI leader Louis Farrakhan’s allegations about Jewish control of Hollywood, the NOI Research Group’s article suggests that Steven Spielberg has purposely crafted the film Lincoln to overlook Jewish involvement in what it calls “the Black Holocaust.”

Not only does the NOI hold Jews disproportionately accountable for slavery, but it also claims that Blacks today continue to be slaves to Jewish control of a number of industries. This article, for example, describes the “Talmud-based system that replaced slavery in America” which allowed “slavery to continue unabated in other forms” after the 13th Amendment. Other recent articles in NOI’s newspaper The Final Call  have made similar claims, such as alleging Jewish control of Black politicians including President Barack Obama, as well as a “slave/slavemaster relationship between Black entertainers and entertainment executives who happen to be Jewish.”

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March 14, 2012

Farrakhan to California Students: “Read The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews”

Students affiliated with the Afrikan Black Coalition offered Louis Farrakhan, the racist and anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI), a platform to promote his hateful views last weekend at the University of California, Berkeley.
Farrakhan speaks at UC-Berkeley
During his talk, Farrakhan repeatedly encouraged the African-American students in attendance to read “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews,” an anti-Semitic book published by the NOI that claims that slavery was initiated by Jewish ship owners and merchants. At one point, Farrakhan, who was addressing students from at least 10 University of California campuses, warned them not to engage in dialogue with Jewish students before they read the book.
Farrakhan also alluded to conspiratorial theories about “Jewish control” of publishing companies and the U.S. government. While recounting an interaction with a rabbi who had urged him to renounce anti-Semitism, Farrakhan claimed that he rejected the rabbi’s request and responded: “Since you have a lot of influence on the government, you can bring the government against me too.”
Farrakhan reserved the conclusion of his speech for a scathing attack on Israel, which he prefaced as a message for “Jewish students.”  He claimed that while he doesn’t fault Jewish students for supporting Israel, he “would fault” them if Israeli leaders decided to attack Iran.
Farrakhan’s speech at Berkeley came just two weeks after he delivered his annual Saviours’ Day address in Chicago. That speech, which consistently attracts thousands of attendees, included accusations of Jewish control and many of the past anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that have made Farrakhan one of the nation’s foremost promoters of anti-Semitism.
For more information, check out our statement on Farrakhan’s appearance at UC Berkeley here

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February 28, 2012

Anti-Semitic Prelude to Farrakhan’s Saviours’ Day Diatribe

In a prelude to Louis Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic keynote address at the United Center in Chicago  on February 26, the Nation of Islam held a plenary session titled “Business is Warfare: The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews” as part of its Saviours’ Day weekend.
During the February 24 session, named after a set of NOI books alleging that Jewish exploitation of Blacks during the slave trade has caused deep and prolonged repercussions for African-Americans, several speakers promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in line with Farrakhan’s record. 
  • Referring to Jews, Louis Farrakhan’s daughter Donna Farrakhan said, “They didn’t intend for us to have freedom, justice and equality. They built it on our backs, our blood, our sweat, and our tears.”
  • Leonard Jeffries

    Leonard Jeffries, former head of the black studies department at City College of New York, said Jewish owned banks lent money to slave traders. “The evil genius of the Jewish community was to put together their powers to make business their religion and make it part of their culture.”

  • Dr. Ridgely Muhammad, Minister of Agriculture for the Nation of Islam, said, “The so called Jews were the ones supporting the KKK and financing them. They formed the KKK.”
Over the past three years, the Nation of Islam (NOI) has engaged in a wide-ranging campaign to demonize Jews. Not only have the speeches delivered by Louis Farrakhan been among the most hateful of his 30-year career as head of the NOI, but the organization’s media arm has also reinforced these messages through a range of propaganda.

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