Muslim And Far-Right Extremists Join In Baltimore To Decry 'Jewish Zionist Power'
New York, NY, August 19, 2008 … A small Muslim organization that promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial recently played host to a gathering in Baltimore that featured speeches by prominent domestic extremists. According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the gathering is just the latest example of the "burgeoning relationship" between far-right and Muslim extremists in the United States.
The "International Islamic Conference" held in a Baltimore hotel on August 16 was organized by a small Muslim group called Jamaat al-Muslimeen (JAM), which actively promotes anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial mixed with a deep distrust of Western-style democracy. The gathering heard from several well-known anti-Semites.
"Despite their divergent backgrounds and interests, promoters of anti-Semitism are finding common cause in their hatred of Jews and Israel," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "There is a burgeoning relationship of far-right and Muslim extremists who increasingly are working together to promote anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial."
Among the anti-Semites who attended were Mark Glenn, a contributor to the anti-Semitic newspaper American Free Press; Charles Carlson, Director of We Hold These Truths, an Arizona-based anti-Semitic group; and Mark Weber, Director of the Institute for Historical Review, a group that promotes Holocaust denial.
JAM leader Dr. Kaukab Siddique, an associate professor at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, told the Baltimore gathering, "We're under the grip of a Jewish Zionist power structure in this country" and referred to the "Zionist-controlled media." Other speakers blamed a "Jewish cabal" within the U.S. government for the Iraq war and claimed that "Jews and Zionists" have a stranglehold on American media, as well as political and cultural life.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen is based in Baltimore and is mostly active in the northeastern U.S. The group spreads Holocaust denial and anti-Jewish conspiracy theories through organized events and a newsletter.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.