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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 14, 2014

Calls for Violence & Nazi Comparisons Mark Weekend Anti-Israel Rallies

Over the weekend, close to 30 anti-Israel demonstrations were held across the United States to protest Israel’s response to the latest round of rocket attacks from Hamas in Gaza. The weekend rallies were rife with comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany, calls for an end of U.S. aid to Israel, and claims that Israel indiscriminately murders Palestinian children.

Here’s a round-up:

July 11, 2014

 New York City

Several hundred protesters attended an anti-Israel rally at Union Square in New York City on Nazi-Swastika - All of Israel is occupied signsFriday with signs that called for the destruction of Israel and compared Israel to Nazi Germany. The rally, which was sponsored by Adalah-NY, brought out protesters who held signs stating that “All of Israel is Occupied Territory!” and “Down with the State of Israel! Freedom for the Palestinian People!” (The text of the sign was followed by a Star of David next to a swastika).

After protesters chanted “Resistance is justified when people are occupied!,” and “Not another nickel, not another dime, no more money for Israel’s crimes,” the organizers led the crowd to a Max Brenner chocolate bar where they called for a boycott of the establishment because of its alleged ties to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The action lasted outside of Max Brenner for approximately ten minutes, as protesters led chants such as “We are left with no other action! Boycott, Divest, and Sanction!”

Washington, D.C.

A demonstration sponsored by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation attracted several hundred protesters to the front of the Israeli Embassy.

One speaker who addressed the crowd, who was introduced as Tareq from Palestine, claimed Zionist Nazi - Israel 4th Reich - Netanyahu Der Fuhrerthat the reason why Hamas, the terrorist organization that runs Gaza, exists is because “you people continuously take land, continuously. We are not the greedy; we are not the ones with the problem. It is you, it is the Zionist movement, it is the Zionist regime running Israel!”

He also legitimized terrorism against Israeli civilians, saying “We must not handcuff our brothers and sisters in Palestine and dictate the way that they resist colonial domination…Now is that time again! Okay, so let’s stand up and start talking about this in our workplace again! Let’s start glorifying the word martyr and shaheed [martyr] for the beautiful words that they are! Let’s start glorifying our shaheeds [martyrs]!”

 July 12, 2014

Tempe, Arizona

Approximately 50 protesters gathered in Tempe, Arizona for a demonstration that featured signs calling for a boycott of Israel and at least one sign comparing the situation in Gaza to a Holocaust, which read, “One Holocaust Does Not Justify Another.” Other signs read “Who would Jesus bomb?” and “AIPAC is holding Congress hostage.”

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More than a hundred people gathered in downtown Portland for a demonstration that featured signs claiming that Israel is “baby killers” and others that alleged that there is a “Palestinian Holocaust” taking place. While at the rally, protesters led a number of chants that included “Free, free Gaza. Free, free Palestine!” “Long live the Intifada! Intifada Intifada!”

July 13, 2014

Dallas, TX

Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Dallas for a protest on Sunday afterZionist criminals end the Palestine Holocaustnoon that featured calls for violence against Israel and allegations that Israel is committing genocide and a “Palestinian Holocaust” in Gaza.

An Arabic-language chant heard at the rally, “Idrab idrab Tel-Aviv!,” which means “Hit, Hit Tel Aviv,” is a direct call for violence and support for Hamas rocket attacks.

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August 7, 2013

Extreme Anti-Israel Rhetoric Marks Al Quds Day Protests Across U.S.

In commemoration of Al Quds Day, an annual day of protest typically held on the last Fri­day of Ramadan, large anti-Israel rallies took place in cities across the U.S. on August 2.  The day is used to call for the liberation of Al Quds, which means Jerusalem in Arabic.

These rallies are notorious for their virulent rhetoric against the state of Israel, includ­ing, at times, anti-Semitic allegations about Jews and Israelis. Speakers at this year’s protests in the U.S. accused Israel of perpetrating atrocities against Palestinians comparable to the Nazi Holocaust, rejected Israel’s right to exist and expressed opposition to the renewed peace talks taking place between Israel and the Palestinians.

The following is a summary of some of the Al Quds Day rallies:

Houston, Texas

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Al Quds Day protester at Houston rally

A large rally was held downtown with signs and banners that read, “Children Are Buried Alive, Holocaust Is Revived” and “Stop Palestinian Genocide: End Zionist Apartheid.” Protesters also led chants of “U.S. money is the cause, it’s another Holocaust” and “U.S. weapons go away. Stop the killing right away.”

Washington D.C.

An activist affiliated with CODEPINK, a group that seeks to reduce U.S. support for Israel, named Tighe Barry told those gathered at an Al Quds Day rally that “there’s a Holocaust going on in Palestine.” Barry charged that there is a “Zionist impression” in the American education system and relayed that he had requested that a teacher in his child’s school “teach about all the holocausts” as part of a course on the Nazi Holocaust. When the teacher refused, Barry said he offered to teach the class himself and miss work in order to “talk about these other holocausts that are taking place like the Nakba.”

San Jose, California

The Shia Association of Bay Area (SABA) held an Al Quds Day rally on its premises featuring talks on the conditions various Shiite communities face. A member of the congregation, Zaki Hussain, gave a slideshow presentation titled, “Should Shia Muslims Support Palestine?” in which Israeli policies were likened to Nazi persecutions. Hussain told the audience that as Shia Muslims and followers of the teachings of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini they have a responsibility to defend the Palestinians even though the Palestinians are Sunni Muslims.

New York City

Approximately 200 people gathered at a rally in Times Square where several speakers lambasted the existence of the state of Israel and the renewed peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Bill Doares from the International Action Center described Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanon-based, Iranian-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah, as “the leader of the resistance.” He summed up a recent speech by Nasrallah by saying, “as long as Israel exists, it’ll be the threat to the existence of Lebanon and its neighbors. So it is simple, one state in all of Palestine for all people.”

Ben Becker, a national organizer for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), used his time at the podium to condemn the latest peace negotiations, describing them as “nothing but a farce” and claiming that “they’re attempts to get some Palestinians to negotiate away those sovereign and national rights.” Fatin Jarara, an activist with the anti-Israel group Al-Awda NY, expressly rejected Israel’s right to exist: “Palestinians in the diaspora reject unequivocally any compromise over an inch of historic Palestine. Not just Jerusalem, not just the West Bank, not just Gaza.”

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Neteuri Karta member at Times Square Quds Day rally

In addition to these inflammatory speeches, signs at the rally read, “Israel (crossed out), Much Worse Than the Nazis” (with a Swastika on it), Stop Palestinian Genocide: End Zionist Apartheid and “No New Negotiations! Palestine is NOT FOR SALE.”

The protests in the U.S. echoed what was said by international figures at demonstrations in the Middle East, including Iran’s former president, Mahmoud Ahmadinajad, and Nasrallah.

In Iran, where International Al Quds Day was established in 1979 by the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Ahmadinejad derided peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, claiming that the Israelis seek the “domination and plundering of the world and humanity” and that “today, all political leaders are Zionists.”

Nasrallah, in a rare appearance at a rally in southern Beirut, said, “Israel’s demise is a national Lebanese interest” and pledged that Hezbollah would never “abandon Palestine.”

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