Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan’s first public appearance after suffering a heart attack featured a number of anti-Semitic claims about Jewish control over the American government, Black organizations and other sectors.
During his December 1 speech at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Farrakhan revealed he was hospitalized approximately two months ago due to a heart attack. When Farrakhan was unable to deliver his 2013 Holy Day of Atonement speech in Alabama in October, the NOI originally said he was hospitalized for “an infection.”
In his speech, Farrakhan bluntly stated his theory about who controls the U.S. government: “…we’re gonna bring you up to speed. The American government is under control of the Zionists.” Farrakhan went on to claim that the Jewish community has power over the NOI and other Black organizations. “It’s not that I’m against the Jewish people. That’s just false…They have such power and influence that they made most of you believe that I’m against the Jewish people.”
He made similar claims about the NAACP, stating “You members of the NAACP, you want to put on a march to Washington but you don’t have no money, so who do you go to? You go to philanthropists, many of them are Jewish.” He continued, “They tell you who you can have speaking. And they told you don’t have Farrakhan. And you couldn’t say a damn thing because it wasn’t your money it was theirs.”
Farrakhan also described sending a copy of the NOI’s anti-Semitic book, The Secret Relationship between Blacks and Jews, which alleges disproportionate Jewish involvement in the slave trade, to the “presidents of all the major Jewish organizations” as well as some Jewish public officials. This is not the first time Farrakhan has done so. The letter stated that the purpose of sending the book was to appeal to Jews who are “sitting on top of the world in power with riches and influence while the masses of my people…are in the worst condition of any member of the human family” to convince them to repair the “damage that has been done by your ancestors to mine.”
The crowd applauded as Farrakhan read the last line of the letter which claimed that if the Jews do not “make the wise and best choice,” that God “will bring you and your people to disgrace and ruin and destroy your power and influence here in America and throughout the world.”
Also in the sermon, Farrakhan compared the Jews of today to those of Jesus’ time, claiming both had disproportionate influence over the government. “Did you know the Jesus had a real problem with the Jewish community? They had power, the rabbis of that day, over the Roman authorities just as they have power today over our government,” he alleged.
Farrakhan’s blatantly anti-Semitic public statements are just one part of the NOI’s larger anti-Jewish propaganda campaign. The NOI Research Group (NOIRG), which created a website in 2012 that promotes virulently anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, tweeted and posted on Facebook a number of times that Israel was behind 9/11, including most recently (December 3) posting that “#Israel has an ugly history of deadly false flag operations, including 9/11….”