New York, NY, February 28, 2012 … Minister Louis Farrakhan, the anti-Semitic and racist leader of the Nation of Islam, delivered yet another anti-Semitic diatribe to followers in Chicago this past weekend, turning his annual Saviours' Day address into what the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) characterized as "a textbook example" of the continuing potency in some circles of anti-Semitism in America.
Minister Farrakhan's address to the Saviours' Day convention in Chicago included accusations of Jewish control over government, media, finance and entertainment, and repeated many of the past anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that have made Farrakhan one of the nation's foremost promoters of anti-Semitism to a legion of followers.
"Farrakhan's annual address to the Nation of Islam was dripping with anti-Semitism and hatred and should stand as a textbook example of the continuing potency in some circles of anti-Semitism in America," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Rather than laugh him off the stage, tens of thousands of supporters cheered him on and encouraged his anti-Semitism and bigotry. Not since Father Coughlin have we seen a religious figure so obsessed with anti-Semitism. In the past few years Farrakhan has turned his message and the mission of the Nation of Islam into a wide-ranging campaign to demonize and scapegoat Jews."
Aside from Farrakhan's speech, the convention included a plenary session that sought to demonstrate disproportionate Jewish involvement in the slave trade. The session, titled "Business is Warfare: The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews," borrowed its name from a set of Nation of Islam books alleging that Jewish exploitation of Blacks during the slave trade has caused deep and prolonged repercussions for African-Americans.
The following are selected examples of anti-Semitic statements made by Farrakhan during his four-and-½ hour speech during the 2012 Saviours' Day conference at the United Center Arena in Chicago on February 26:
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