While Part 1 of Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan’s 2015 Saviours’ Day sermon largely avoided the topic of Jews, in Part 2 of his sermon (March 1), Farrakhan alleged that Jews committed the 9/11 attacks and control the U.S. government.
The NOI’s Saviours’ Day provides Farrakhan with an annual platform to display his hatred for Jews. This year, promulgating a number of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jews and 9/11, Farrakhan explained to the congregation at Mosque Maryam in Chicago that “thanks to the exemplary work of scholars like Victor Thorn and Christopher Bollyn, it is now becoming apparent that there were many Israelis and Zionist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks.”
Citing “evidence” from anti-Semitic 9/11 conspiracy theorists that Israelis were supposedly “arrested immediately after the attacks but quickly released and sent to Israel,” that the attacks were a plot for the Jewish owner of the World Trade Center to collect billions of dollars in insurance money, that “Israelis had foreknowledge of the attacks,” and that “we know that many Jews received a text message not to come to work on September 11,” Farrakhan concluded that 9/11 was a “false flag operation” to start a war between the West and the Muslim world. Blaming Jews for 9/11 is a common NOI tactic for riling up anti-Semitic hatred.
Farrakhan also invoked anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about supposed Jewish control of the American government. He claimed that U.S. foreign aid to Israel is given “without consulting the American people because they [Israel and Jews] have been working for years to control your representatives in Congress, in the Senate, in the House of Representatives.” He also claimed that Israel constantly acts against America’s interests, but “they don’t fear America because they control it from within.”
Additionally, Farrakhan referred to comments by former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz in which Dershowitz listed Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and some U.S. Senators and Representatives as supposedly opposing aspects of President Obama’s foreign policy. Continuing the theme of Jewish control, Farrakhan then adds, “You see what is happening is he is exposing those that he has control over.”
Towards the end of his remarks, Farrakhan mentioned that he planned to talk more about “Jewish manipulation of money products and slavery,” but that he will need to get this message, among others, to his followers at another time.