In the lead-up to the Nation of Islam’s (NOI) annual Saviours’ Day planned for February 22, the NOI has increased the amount of anti-Semitic content on the website of its “Research Group” and its associated social media accounts.
Under the guise of supposedly publishing “historical research,” the NOI Research Group’s (NOIRG) homepage currently features 13 headlines, 9 of which deal with Judaism. Below are some examples:
- A February 2 article titled “Kanye West Meets Jewish Power” invokes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish control of a number of industries. Discussing Jews as if they act together as one group to keep down the African-American community, Tingba Muhammad writes, “For Jews, our continued subjection and dependency are just good business.” Regarding 2013 comments by Kanye West that President Obama was not delivering because “Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people,” Tingba Muhammad claims that various groups denounced West’s comments not because of the content of what West said, but rather because of West’s business acumen, which supposedly represented a threat to “Jewish dominance in the fields of business trade, commerce, and finance.” Tingba Muhammad also appeals to myths of Jewish financial control of the Black community in writing that individuals like West are targeted because they represent “the dead-end path Jewish financiers of negro leadership have demanded that we go down.”
- In a January 28 piece titled “The Holocaust, History, and Hate,” Ashahed Muhammad reflects on a trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, which he describes as “indoctrination at its finest, but what do you expect?” Muhammad asks, “How could a group experience such terrible suffering, yet, in an ironically tragic role reversal, shockingly participate in inflicting the same type of suffering upon others?” Ashahed Muhammad likens the Nazis’ systematic murder of 6 million Jews to Israeli policies in the West Bank and Gaza as well as what he describes as “the documented involvement of Jewish people in developing the architecture of White Supremacy and Jim Crow.”
- A December 22, 2014, article, “Back-Peddling Back to God: Lessons from Jewish history,” starts out claiming the Jewish community provides a positive example for the Black community but then descends into the NOI’s typical anti-Semitic theories about supposed Jewish control over Blacks. The article asks, “Who controls the banking, the commerce and trade—the economic and financial aspects—of our Black communities?” It likens Jews returning to the synagogue to “honeybees return[ing] to the hive, to share this intellectual and financial nectar and to strategize about how to MANAGE and CONTROL the territory and its dynamics.”