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'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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