On September 26, Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan held a town hall style meeting in which he promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about supposed Jewish political control in America and Jewish manipulation of the Black community.
When asked by an individual participating in the meeting online if America will “be forced to go to war with Iran,” Farrakhan went into a rant about how presidents who “resist Israeli pressure… do not get away with it.” He continued, “When you don’t vote the way they think you should vote, there’s no such thing as forgiveness. They move to unseat you. Cynthia McKinney, brilliant sister but she was not pro-Zionist, well she’s not in Congress… once you take an opposing position, you have to pay a price.”
He then said that the Monica Lewinsky scandal was somehow a Jewish plot. “Bill Clinton refused to meet with an Israeli Prime Minister. The next thing you heard was Monica Lewinsky and all of those that were involved in scandalizing Bill Clinton, they happened to be Zionists.”
Farrakhan made it clear that he still blames Jews for what he perceives as a fragmented Black community. “No Black artist becomes rich without having a friendship with the Jewish community.” He then noted that in order to keep Black role models away from the NOI, Jews “make the world think I’m an enemy of Jewish people.” However, he credited Kanye West, a well-known rapper, for making it possible for a student group to attend the town hall meeting.
During his remarks, Farrakhan also mentioned an Iranian-government sponsored dinner he attended in New York the previous day on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly opening. This meeting between representatives of various faith-based communities and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad featured a keynote speech in which Ahmadinejad denounced America’s policies on Iran’s nuclear program and blamed the anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, on Zionists even though that has been clearly proved to be a lie.
When Farrakhan was asked at his town hall meeting “Why is it that you seem to be friends with everyone that America hates such as Castro, Qaddafi and Ahmadinejad?” Farrakhan responded, “Evidently, America’s on the wrong side of history. I’m a friend of those who fight to deliver the masses from oppression…So I’m in good company.” Farrakhan also attended a meeting with Ahmadinejad in 2010.