Minister Louis Farrakhan devoted a large portion of his annual address to followers in Chicago to the anti-Semitic myth that Jews were responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which has extensively reported on the anti-Semitic activities of Farrakhan and his group, said that Farrakhan’s latest speech reaffirms his status as the leading anti-Semite in America.
It was the latest in a long litany of hate-filled diatribes from Farrakhan, the anti-Semitic and racist leader of the Nation of Islam, who has for decades used his pulpit and his organization to promote hatred aimed at Jews, blaming them for — among other things — the slave trade and the modern-day subjugation of Black people in America.
“Farrakhan is the pied piper of bigotry. No one perhaps since Father Coughlin has been able to so use and abuse his status as a religious leader with a large audience to obsessively harp on about perceived Jewish power and influence,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “At a time when anti-Semitic attitudes in America are at historic lows, Farrakhan’s unabashed promotion of anti-Semitism is a throwback to the intolerance of another era.”
Mr. Foxman added, “Unlike most fringe anti-Semites, Farrakhan still has a significant following who not only listen raptly, but who cheer him on with every new insult.”
During Part 2 of his annual Saviours’ Day speech on March 1 at NOI’s Mosque Maryam in Chicago, which was also live-streamed to thousands of NOI members on the Internet, Farrakhan alleged Jews committed the 9/11 terrorist attacks in order to start a war between the West and the Muslim world, and in order to enable the Jewish owner of the World Trade Center to collect billions of dollars in insurance money.
Farrakhan cited one of the most common anti-Semitic 9/11 conspiracy theories, suggesting that Israelis had foreknowledge of the attacks and that Jews received a text message not to come to work on September 11. He also claimed that Israel and Jews control U.S. foreign policy and act against America’s interests.
The NOI’s Saviours’ Day provides Farrakhan with an annual platform to display his hatred for Jews. Prior to his remarks, ADL noted an increase in anti-Semitic messaging on the NOI Research Group’s website.