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New Black Panther Party Leader Writes Forward to Anti-Semitic Book

Posted: February 17, 2006

Malik Zulu Shabazz, leader of the New Black Panther Party, wrote the forward to a new anti-Semitic book, The Synagogue of Satan, published in October 2005 by the Truth Establishment Institute.  The Truth Establishment Institute is best known for its Web site, which features a variety of anti-Semitic resources.


The Synagogue of Satan, written by nation of Islam member Ashahed Muhammad, takes its title from a phrase in the New Testament book of Revelation (3:9), and applies this phrase to contemporary Jews and to Jews throughout history.  The book's overarching theme is that unknown to most, the world is being manipulated and corrupted by Satanic powers led by Jewish elites.  In exposing these powers the book trades heavily in Jewish conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial. It alleges that these Satanic powers are influenced and guided by the theology of Judaism, and by an inherent Jewish predilection for immorality.


In the book's forward, Shabazz defends anti-Semitism and anti-Semites like Khallid Muhammad, Leonard Jeffries, Tony Martin and himself.  Shabazz makes several anti-Semitic assertions, alleging that Israel and the Zionist state use "the name of Yahweh and Jehovah to further a political and colonial agenda that is in fact manifestly Satanic."  He attacks Jewish organizations (including the Anti-Defamation League), suggesting that they exist solely to "suppress legitimate opposition to Israel" and news of "illegal Zionist behavior."  Shabazz also claims that the term anti-Semite is improperly used because "those who claim to be Jews" originated in Europe, not the Middle East.


The book frequently appeals to anti-Semitic figures and publications, including Khallid Muhammad, Leonard Jeffries, and Mahathir Muhamad; Holocaust deniers Roger Garaudy, Robert Faurisson, Theodore O'Keefe and the Institute for Historical Review; Lyndon LaRouche's Executive Intelligence Review, and the Historical Research Department of the Nation of Islam. 


The themes of The Synagogue of Satan derive from a 1995 speech by Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Min. Louis Farrakhan in which he claimed that Jewish organizations control the Federal Reserve, and a May 2003 speech in which he called Jewish members of the Bush Administration a "synagogue of Satan." 


The NOI has heavily promoted the book since mid-October 2005, just after the 10th Anniversary Million Man March.  The book has been prominently displayed on the web site of NOI's newspaper The Final Call, and an interview with Ashahed Muhammad about the book was published by The Final Call in October 2005.  The significant extent of the Nation of Islam involvement in the work's development is described in the book's acknowledgments, where Ashahed Muhammad thanks NOI Min. Jabril Muhammad and the Historical Research Department of the NOI (which authored the Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, Vol. 1) for their encouragement and editorial assistance.

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