Malik Zulu Shabazz’s ideology combines anti-Semitism and racism with militant messages of Black Nationalism under the guise of championing civil rights and promoting black pride and consciousness.
Shabazz’s long history of anti-Semitism includes promoting conspiracy theories about Jewish foreknowledge of the September 11 terrorist attacks; blaming the Jews for killing Jesus; promoting the anti-Semitic notion that Jews were “significantly and substantially” involved in the transatlantic slave trade; alleging that Jews are responsible for negative stereotypes of black people; and claiming that the Talmud teaches that “black people are cursed.”
In May 2007, when Shabazz was denied entry into Canada on his way to a rally in Toronto, he blamed the Jewish groups that had informed authorities about his record of bigotry: “I’m starting to see the power of the Jewish lobby in Canada, full force. I thought Canada was free.”
Part of Shabazz’s anti-Semitic ideology entails juxtaposing black empowerment with contempt for what he describes as “so-called Jews” and “quote-unquote Jews.” He has argued that Judaism originated in Africa, referring to himself as “an original Jew, a black Jew.”
Shabazz’s anti-Semitism is also apparent in his hostility toward Israel and Zionism. Shabazz, who has stated he is “absolutely against Zionism,” and that Palestinian land is “occupied by the Zionist devils,” alleged that Israel promotes a Satanic political and colonial agenda in his foreword to Ashahed Muhammad’s anti-Semitic book, The Synagogue of Satan. He has portrayed Israel as a terrorist state that exists on stolen land and has lauded the “brilliance, tenacity and faith of Hezbollah fighter…who battle against Zionism and imperialism.”
His attacks against whites include allegations that “the very nature of white people” creates problems in the world. His entirely race-driven concept of social justice led him to advocate - at a December 2006 protest against police brutality in New York - for a boycott of white businesses. He contended that it was an effort to cut off support for a “white power structure that supports the police that is killing us,” implying that white business owners, whose profits help fund government agencies, should be held responsible for police killings of African-Americans.
Shabazz’s militant approach to dealing with issues has led to several confrontations with law enforcement. At a December 2006 New Black Panther Party (NBPP) protest against police brutality in New York, for example, Shabazz led attendees in chants of “off the pigs who kill our kids!” and “Fifty shots for 50 cops!” On the eve of the 2005 Millions More Movement rally in Washington, DC, he said that instead of seeing black mothers crying and carrying their sons’ caskets, “I want to see some police mammas crying.” During a May 2004 protest outside of police headquarters in Dallas, Shabazz issued violent threats: “We may have to go get the shotguns,” he said, “I don’t think they are taking us seriously.”