As incidents of anti-Semitism in the U.S. increase in response to Israel’s military operations to stop Hamas rocket fire from Gaza, the New Black Panther Party, the largest organized anti-Semitic and racist Black militant group in America, has begun to use the conflict to promote its bigotry.
On the July 28 episode of the NBPP’s online radio program, Black Power Radio, NBPP National Chairman Hashim Nzinga portrayed Israel as satanic, stating, “These crackers over in Israel do a ceasefire with the brother and sister Palestinians, and then they start bombing their children in the next 30 minutes.” He continued, “If you’re of a higher education and a higher learning, understand the order of the devil. The devil is gonna deceive you.”
On the July 21 episode, NBPP Chief of Staff Chawn Kweli similarly demonized Israelis, calling them “so-called Jews in Israel in what’s really Palestine…some player haters, some Zionists, some so-called Jews who the Book of Revelations…calls the Synagogue of Satan.”
Kweli praised the tactics of Hamas, stating that the Black community in the U.S. “can learn to fight for [its] land” from the Palestinians. “They don’t have all them tanks…they don’t have that, but they got heart. They got will. They got guerilla tactics.”
In Nzinga’s July 14 criticism of Israel, he invoked the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews carried out the 9/11 attacks. According to Nzinga, “Since George Bush and the Jews exploded American people with 9/11 and put fear in America…it’s not out of sync that them Jews would attack the Palestinians during Ramadan and start a war during the holy days.”