Monday, March 1, 2010

Farrakhan Delivers Vintage Anti-Semitic Speech

In a keynote address at the Nation of Islam's (NOI) annual Saviours' Day event in Chicago on February 28, 2010, Louis Farrakhan accused "Zionists" of controlling Congress and the "white right" of trying to set President Obama "up to be assassinated."

Some anti-Semitic highlights from his speech:
  • Farrakhan accused "Zionists" of undue control over Congress and the Obama administration. He charged that elected officials from both parties align "whenever something comes up that Israel does not like…because the Congress is controlled."
  • He claimed that Zionists are pressuring Obama to launch a war against Iran. Obama, he said, "wants to end the strife between the Israelis and the Palestinians. He wants to write a new page for the Muslim world but the Zionists won't let him."
  • He asserted that potential conflicts with the Jewish community are resolved by Obama administration during closed-door meetings in the Oval Office. "Jewish leaders from every Jewish organization met him in the oval office and they said Barack if you have differences with us you should keep it behind the doors," Farrakhan said.
Farrakhan also discussed his experience inside a UFO in the 1980s, noting that there "are Christians praying for God to kill Barack Obama" and advanced conspiratorial theories about international bankers, whom he said "have sucked the blood out of America."

Farrakhan's speech, which lasted more than three hours, ended with a plea for America—and the Christian right, in particular—to redirect their support away from Israel and towards African Americans, whom he described as "the real children of Israel."

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Israeli Apartheid Week in the U.S.

The sixth Israeli Apartheid Week begins today and will take place through March 14, 2010, in at least 12 U.S. cities, including Berkeley, Davis, and San Francisco, CA; Hartford and New Britain, CT; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; Dutchess County and New York, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Providence, RI; and Washington, DC.

IAW, which began at the University of Toronto in 2005, is an annual week-long series of events intended to increase awareness and discourse about Israel as an "apartheid regime" akin to that of South Africa.

Past IAW events have featured extreme anti-Israel rhetoric, including accusations of Israeli racism and apartheid, calls for boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns against Israel and Israeli institutions and allegations that Israel is committing war crimes and genocide against the Palestinian people.

We will post an update about the events that took place. Stay Tuned.

For more information, check out: Israeli Apartheid Week

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Chicago Men Helped Plan 2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks; Surveilled Jewish Targets for Pakistani Terror Group

David Coleman Headley, an American citizen, has been charged with helping plan the November 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai that killed more than 170 people.

Federal authorities have accused Headley, 49, of conducting extensive surveillance of the Mumbai headquarters of the Chabad Lubavitch movement and other locations targeted by suspected members of Pakistani-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET) during the November 2008 terrorist attacks.

Canadian citizen Tahawwur Hussain Rana, 48, who is also a resident of Chicago, has been implicated in the Denmark plot and the Mumbai attacks as well. Two weeks after Headley's arrest, federal agents arrested Rana and raided the Chicago offices of First World Immigration Services, an immigration company owned by Rana.

Since his arrest, Headley has cooperated with federal authorities investigating both the Danish and Indian terror plots. He pleaded not guilty to all charges on December 9, 2009. If convicted, Headley faces a maximum sentence of life in prison or death, while Rana faces a maximum prison sentence of 30 years.

For more, check out ADL's exclusive report -

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Anti-Semitism and Conspiracy Theories on Anti-Israel Listserve

Recent messages on an anti-Israel listserve run by Al-Awda have included expressions of anti-Semitism, denials of the Holocaust and wild conspiracy theories about Israel and Jews.

Here are just a few examples:

Claiming Jews Control the Media
November 6, 2009

A reply to a message about anti-Muslim sentiment following the Fort Hood shooting referred to FOX News and CNN as “Zionist Jew network[s]” and claimed that the media is controlled by “Jew Zionist masters.”

Alleging that Israel or the Mossad (Intelligence Agency) Orchestrates Palestinian Suicide Bombings
November 2, 2009

A message alleged that it is likely that the Mossad or Israel, which has a “central-command-structure,” orchestrates Palestinian suicide bombings against Israeli civilians.

Denying Aspects of the Holocaust
September 22, 2009

The author of a message titled “How did the most famous Holocaust-victims leave us?,” stated that he does not deny the Holocaust but doubts its “size” and “content.” The author argued that Anne Frank, one of the “most famous” victims, died of pneumonia, as did “many many German officers” and others during World War II. [Frank actually died of typhus in a concentration camp.] He also contended that the crimes of the Holocaust have been sufficiently repaid: “And finally I refuse completely that any Palestinian pay the price for the Holocaust which, by the way, has already been totally paid…by Germany, and in Cash!!!!!”

Accusing Jews of Trafficking Organs
September 10, 2009

A message included a link to a conspiratorial article in The Palestine Chronicle accusing Jews of trafficking organs in Algeria. The message was written by Ziyad Zaitoun, the co-founder of the Arab American Community Coalition of Washington, who prefaced the link with, “Very important article. This will show you how low the Zionist will sink.”

For more, check out: "Anti-Semitism and Conspiracy Theories Run Rampant on Al-Awda Listserve"

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Revolution Muslim Poem Asks God To “Kill The Jews”

Revolution Muslim, a small New York City-based Muslim extremist organization, has posted to its Web site a poem asking God to “kill the Jews,” according to the Anti-Defamation League. The poem, posted on October 7, 2009, is signed by the group’s leader Yousef al-Khattab.

In the poem, al-Khattab prays for God’s “wrath on the Jewish occupiers of Palestine & their supporters.” He further lists ways Jews could be hurt, including by burning “their flammable sukkos while they sleep” and throwing “liquid drain cleaner in their faces.”

In RM’s view, most religious Jews are considered to be “supporters” of Israel and generally enemies of God.

For more information, see : Backgrounder: Revolution Muslim

Thursday, October 1, 2009

U.S. Terror Plots Motivated by Hatred of Jews/Israel

Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19-year-old Jordanian arrested on September 24 for plotting to bomb a 60-story glass office tower in Dallas, espoused a hatred for Israel and Jews. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reports that Smadi expressed his desire to expel the Jews, “the dogs,” from Jerusalem and to kill the Jews as retribution for Israel’s activities in Gaza, according to the affidavit. Smadi also allegedly called “for the destruction of the Jews,” predicting that “We shall attack them in their very own homes. Brother, by God, we shall attack them in a manner that hurts, an attack that shakes the world.”

Smadi’s (pictured right) arrest for planting a bomb at the Fountain Place building came one day after Michael Finton (pictured left), a 29-year old Illinois resident, was arrested for attempting to detonate explosives at the federal courthouse in Springfield, Illinois. Finton, who allegedly stated ambitions to join Palestinian terrorist organizations like Hamas or Islamic Jihad, projected that an attack on American soil would force the U.S. government to curtail its financial support of Israel, and the “big bully behind Israel (the United States) would not be there anymore.”

According to ADL, Finton’s alleged plan to bomb the Springfield federal building is part of the growing trend of American Muslim extremists involved in terrorist plots against the U.S. who are motivated by a hatred of Israel or Jews.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New Blood Libel: Jews Accused of Harvesting Algerian Children’s Organs

A shocking story alleging that Jews abducted Algerian children and smuggled them into Morocco to harvest their organs is being widely circulated by various media outlets around the world and on the Internet, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League.

According to the ADL's report, the fabricated story was first published in the Arabic-language Algerian daily El-Khabar on September 6, and has since been reported by some major media outlets such as Al Jazeera and dozens of other news Web sites and blogs around the world, including anti-Semitic sites that appreciate its propaganda value.

This outrageous accusation, which also seems to be increasingly disseminated via email, is a modern variation of the anti-Jewish blood libel. The story claims that Interpol, the international police organization, has revealed the existence of “a Jewish gang” that was “involved in the abduction of children from Algeria and trafficking of their organs.” The story is based an alleged statement by a Mustafa Khayatti, who is identified as either an Algerian official or the head of an Algerian NGO. Khayatti claims that, "…Jewish organ trafficking gangs…remain active in several Arab countries."

An English version of the story appeared on the Web site of Press TV, a state-funded Iranian TV news channel. Al Watan, an Arab-American newspaper published out of Anaheim, California, was among the first to publish the story in the U.S. It has also appeared in The Palestine Chronicle, a Washington-based online publication that often prints anti-Semitic conspiratorial stories, and Islam Online, an online publication connected to Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi.

For more on this issue and the perennial blood libel accusations against Jews, see "New Blood Libel: Jews Accused of Harvesting Algerian Children's Organs."

Monday, September 14, 2009

Muslim World League Uses English Language "Journal" to Peddle Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theory

The Muslim World League (MWL), which has been trying to position itself as the leading entity representing Muslims in international interfaith efforts, is tainted by the anti-Semitic themes it promotes through its English-language Journal.

The May 2009 issue of The Muslim World League Journal, which is distributed worldwide, features a shocking cover story propagating conspiracy theories about Jewish control of media, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League. The phrase 'Control of World Media' appears on the cover next to a large blue and white baseball cap - adorned with the Star of David - sitting atop a globe.

The cover story, titled "Six Companies Control the World's Media," appears to be an updated version of an article widely circulated on anti-Semitic Web sites for several years. Based on an original piece written by William Pierce, the former head of the neo-Nazi national Alliance, the article names of individuals heading media companies with the epithet 'Jew' or 'Jewess,' reads:

"One might conclude that the sheer number of different newspapers across America would provide a safeguard against Jewish control and distortion. However, this is not the case…it also illustrates the insatiable appetite Jews have shown for all the organs of opinion control on which they could fasten their grip."

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Sabiqun and Anti-Semitism on Campus

The two principal leaders of Sabiqun, an anti-Semitic Muslim group that advocates for the creation of a global Islamic state, have become popular speakers on college and university campuses over the past several years.

The ADL reports that Sabiqun founder, Imam Abdul Alim Musa, who heads a mosque in Washington DC, and Imam Abdul Malik Ali, leader of a mosque in Oakland, California, have used their appearances on campus to promote hostility toward Israel and American Jews.

For example, during a speech at UC Irvine in May 2009, Malik Ali called supporters of Israel "the new Nazis" and told the students that "the Zionist Jewish community" wanted to stifle freedom of speech in order to "destroy your will to resist."

While Sabiqun appears to have a relatively small following organized primarily around two mosques in DC and Oakland, its leaders continue to be provided with a platform to spread their anti-Semitic and conspiratorial themes by student groups and others.

For more on Sabiqun and its leaders' anti-Semitic appearances at college campuses, check out Sabiqun and Anti-Semitism on Campus

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Update: LaRouche Supporters Hit Campus with Hateful Messages

In addition to protesting at town hall meetings and health care rallies around the country, there are new reports thatLyndon LaRouche's supporters have appeared at several college campuses with offensive signs comparing Obama to Hitler and placards alleging that health care reform is a "Nazi plan."

They've been at Temple University, Cal State Fullerton and California State University, Northridge, according to campus newspaper reports.

If LaRouche supporters have shown up on your campus, feel free to write about it in the comments section to this post.