Farrakhan Makes Anti-Semitic Speech
Posted: December 4, 2003
Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, lashed out with a vicious attack on Jews in his November 23, 2003 sermon to followers at Mosque Maryam, the NOI headquarters in Chicago. In his two-hour speech, Minister Farrakhan depicted Jews as "masters of Hollywood" who are poisoning American society with "filth and indecency."
Farrakhan also accused Jews of tampering with the Bible and promoting moral decay around the world.
"There are beautiful members of the Jewish community who are trying their utmost to follow the law and the teachings of Moses and the prophets that God sent to Israel," Mr. Farrakhan intoned. "But there's another Jew who is not really a Jew; he is an imposter posing as a Jew.
"In the Bible, in the Book of Revelations, says -- listen, listen, listen, then go check it out for yourself, you have a Bible -- those who say they are Jews and are not, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan. Who are the masters of Hollywood? How could you be a righteous Jew and promote that which is forbidden by the God of Israel? Come on now, how could you be a righteous Jew and publish the filth that is published daily, feeding the minds of the American people and the people of the world filth and indecency, and making it fair seeming in their eyes," Farrakhan said.
Farrakhan has long expressed anti-Semitic and anti-white rhetoric which has marked him as a notable figure on the extremist scene. In past remarks, he has expressed hostility toward Jews and repeated the canard about Jews having too much control of government, the entertainment industry and African-Americans.
More recently, Farrakhan has made efforts to dampen his charged rhetoric while insisting that he is not an anti-Semite.
In an interview with The New York Sun, Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, said that mainstream Jewish groups had not been convinced by Farrakhan's efforts to mend fences with the Jewish community, and that his most recent remarks show that Farrakhan has returned to his anti-Semitism.
"For a while, Mr. Farrakhan contained his anti-Semitism and tried to restrain himself," Mr. Foxman told the Sun. "When now anti-Semitism is so upfront over the world -- from the Prime Minister of Malaysia, to the composer of Zorba to the bin Ladens and those who speak in his name -- I guess Mr. Farrakhan no longer feels the need to be restrained."