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Louis Farrakhan Is 'At It Again' -- Speech to Nation of Islam Convention Infused With Anti-Semitic Canards

New York, NY, March 30, 2009 … Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is at it again.  According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) his most recent address to supporters was laced with anti-Semitic canards of dual loyalty and Jewish control of the U.S. government, while portraying the State of Israel as a satanic and militaristic force with diabolical ambitions.


After reviewing all of the available transcripts, videos and other materials from his March 1 address to the Nation of Islam's 2009 Saviours' Day convention, the League released excerpts of Farrakhan's sweeping indictment of American Jews, and of Israelis, whom he portrayed as "liars, thieves and murderers."


"Louis Farrakhan is at it again," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.   "After his near-silence on Jews over the last several years, we thought Minister Farrakhan had put his long history of anti-Semitism and racism behind him, or at least had held his views in check.  Apparently, that was wishful thinking.  Once again he is clearly comfortable with putting his bigotry on display, unfettered and unhidden for his supporters and the world to see."


An estimated audience of nearly 14,000 Nation of Islam supporters listened to Farrakhan's remarks about Jews, Israel and the Israel lobby during his annual Saviours' Day address in Rosemont, Illinois.  The speech was viewed by many more on the Internet and in a DVD available for purchase on the group's Web site.  The comments came during in a portion of his speech dealing with the recent conflict in Gaza and other world events.


Excerpts from Farrakhan's speech include:


  • Israelis are "Liars, thieves, murderers" who have "taken the position of God" and are out to "kill everybody."


  • "When the people of Gaza were being slaughtered, the pro-Israeli lobby sent messages to the House and the Senate of words that they wanted them to use, gave them the language, and now you have bipartisan support. And there's not a vote that the pro-Israeli lobby wants that doesn't get bipartisan support. Why? Because the Israeli lobby controls the government of the United States of America."


  • "You cannot deny the pro-Israeli lobby and get reelected. Ask Cynthia McKinney. Ask David Hilliard. Ask our mayor in Oakland, California. Ask Percy, the former Senator. Ask Jimmy Carter. You can't criticize, you can't say nothin' because if you do, you're branded as an anti-Semite."


  • "Why, U.S. Congress, will you not speak? It is because you fear a lobby that has money and influence that will turn you out of your seat? So you're terrorized. That's why you don't act for the American people that sent you to Congress. You are not their representative. You are the representative of the money and interests that have bought your soul."


At one point during his address, Farrakhan implied that the validity of Holocaust records should be open to debate:


  • "… you can't even engage in constructive argument over the veracity of the figures of the Holocaust. We know something happened, sure, but you can't talk about [it]. In certain cities in Europe they arrest you and put you in prison for denying such."

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.

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