Louis Farrakhan calls Jews the “worst enemy” of African Americans

30 June 2010

The controversial minister of the Nation of Islam movement, Louis Farrakhan, has written a letter to the leaders of more than a dozen major US Jewish organizations in which he claims that Jews had caused Blacks damage for centuries. Farrakhan said there was “an undeniable record of Jewish anti-black behavior,” starting with the slave trade and Jim Crow laws. He called Jews “our worst enemy.”

Farrakhan said a research team had studied works of Jewish scholars to support the claims. In the letter, he asks Jewish groups to open a dialogue and help repair the alleged damage. The Anti-Defamation League strongly criticized the letter and called Farrakhan an anti-Semite. "Never, in our more than 20 years of following Minister Louis Farrakhan, have we seen him so obsessively devoted to his hate crusade against Jews," said ADL Director Abraham H. Foxman. "His anti-Semitism is obsessive, diabolical and unrestrained.  He has opened a new chapter in his ministry where scapegoating Jews is not just part of a message, but the message."

The Chicago-based Nation of Islam is a religious organization founded in 1930 with the goal of resurrecting the spiritual, mental, social, and economic condition of  African American men and women.

In the past Farrakhan had made anti-Semitic statements on several occasions, calling Jews “satanic” and declaring that “the black man will never be free until we address the relationship between blacks and Jews."

In 1984, after returning from a visit to Libya, Farrakhan delivered a sermon in which he said: "Now that nation called Israel never has had any peace in 40 years and she will never have any peace because there can be no peace structured on injustice, thievery, lying and deceit and using the name of God to shield your gutter religion under His holy and righteous name."


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Raymond Babcock

Sun, 29 Apr 2012

oh well its just farrakhan brings to mind the new black panther party bothering people at the polling place they were arrested during bush released under obama if i did the same thing with black people i would be in prison or most likely dead


Mon, 26 Mar 2012

Antisemitism seems to be a growing problem in the African American community, especially in urban areas. Civic and spiritual leaders espouse that African Americans do not create their own problems (e.g., crime, etc.), whites, jews, and other ethnic minorities are in line to set them up for failure. Much like Germany post-WWI, African-Americans in poverty are willing to believe such words and use different groups as scapegoats for many of their own societal issues. The urban leaders should be encouraged to focus on the successes of their culture and uplift their community, not sew the seeds of hatred.


Mon, 05 Jul 2010

Why doesn't someone just prove him a liar and shut him up!!!


Fri, 02 Jul 2010

That Islam is a religion of hate is a religion of Arab nationalism, and I lived in Philly as a citizen of Iraq 25 years and I now live in Libya, I say frankly do not trust any Muslim


Thu, 01 Jul 2010

Louis Farrakhan is not Anti-semetic. Thank you James for stating the TRUTH. The reality is that members of the Jewish community have worked to undermine the Black community economically throught the years. The book The secret relationship between Blacks and Jews exposes this using the words written by the hands of Jewish scholars. He wrote these organizations trying to establish dialogue in the proper setting, meaning not under the Illusion that Jews and Blacks have had a relationship as equals, we have had the relationship of master slave. So in his letter he let them know he is willing to dialogue as Civilized human beings. The ADL's response was sadly the wrong one. They have chosen to make war against a man OF GOD. So hold fast and witness Gods wrath on America.

James Olufson

Thu, 01 Jul 2010

I am amazed at everyone's response. Josephine Bacon, you stated "A LOT of Jewish blood and since his Jewish blood is from the West Indies," You out right admitted the involvement of Jews enslaving blacks. I just read his book and it talked about the massive involvement of slavery financed by the jews. These findings are from our books you jack ass. I am Jewish and a Historian, we did not go to the Caribbean to get tans.

Minister Farrakhan's findings are from our books. If we discredit him we discredit our forefathers. Can you imagine our people going through a 400 year holocaust?

I do not want to be apart of the destruction when it comes because of our arrogance.

Josephine Bacon

Thu, 01 Jul 2010

Like so many leading antisemites (Torquemada, possibly including Hitler) Louis Farrakhan has Jewish blood, A LOT of Jewish blood and since his Jewish blood is from the West Indies, he might even be related to me! How about confronting him with a few Ethiopians from Israel, like the fighter pilot I once interpreted for?

Michael S. Levy

Thu, 01 Jul 2010

We should not take the rantings of Farrakhan lightly. But more importantly, we need to watch closely those whom he seeks to influence.

I will never forget the pandering out-reach of Jesse Jackson and his anti-Semitic 'Hymie Town' remarks when he sought to become a factor of influence among those who proscribe to the Black Muslim movement.

While we see Farrakhan for what he plainly is, people like Jackson are the dangerous ones...those who move freely with generalized acceptance between the racial groups and wish to mark their territory, regardless of what damage they will do.


Thu, 01 Jul 2010

farrakhan is a blight on humanity. You can report his hate-filled rants, for informational purposes, but don't give him a platform or opportunity to spread his venom. Please provide us with uplifting, inspiring accounts of love and cooperation between formerly divergent groups and individuals. Surely such instances exist-----

Marc J Strohl

Thu, 01 Jul 2010

Oh yes them Jews are good to solve Farrakhan's cancer, next time we should boycott his treatment. Let go where he belongs, straight to his allah and the hell off this planet.

Richard Packard

Thu, 01 Jul 2010

Its unfortunate that 'groups' of people have had to suffer the indignities and hatred of 'other' groups. Whether Minister Farrakhan's allegations are true or not I don't have 'factual' proof to believe these statements but, as a person of Afrikan-descent I can't allow myself or my family to fall victim of idea that we are "victims". Especially in a time in our history (U.S.A) whereby opportunities do exist and hard work does have a pay-off. I believe that the Jews "did" suffer a holocaust during WWII but, I "also" believe that Americans of Afrikan-descent suffered a "black holocaust" as well during the Atlantic passage, slave trade and slavery (all over the world). To have suffered the tragedy of 6-million Jews murdered during WWII is horrible and/are more equally tragic is the lost of approximately (according to some scholars) 100-million black lives lost during the slave era. "I too" believe that Black Americans are 'still' suffering (post traumatic slavery disorder) 145 years after this tragedy. That "full" reparations have not been realized as evident by the disproportionate dysfunctionality in the Black community and the negative worldwide perception of Blacks in general. The defeat of the Nazis regime did not end anti-semitism nor did the election of Barack Obama end racism of Blacks by some of our institutions here in America but certainly, Minister Farrakhan's comments 'will not' help us to resolve the issues confronting both groups today.

Herbert A. Cole

Thu, 01 Jul 2010

Why are you giving valuable press space to that clown Farrakhan, I am a black man and believe me I know better. I am 68 years old and I know that Farrakhan does not reflect the views of the super great majority of Afro Americans. Hang tough and please refrain from giving that race baiter a forum.

dr sahfik

Thu, 01 Jul 2010

The whole mulim lot is an obscessive ,paranoid bastards lot .

greta r. fertik

Wed, 30 Jun 2010

Farrakhan has always been outrageous -- a screaming hatemonger. Abe Foxman shouldn't even respond, because it's doubtful that Farrakhan has the capacity to understand the damage he causes -- damage far greater to Afro Americans than to Jews. He is a lowball opportunist and a detriment to our wonderful (and struggling) President Obama, because the President's objective is to unify people, while Farrakhan seeks to divide. Silly guy, stupid goal. He could learn a great deal from Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who is no slouch when it comes to historical issues and conflicts. But Professor Gates is a thinker and is driven by optimism and hope for our collective future, while Farrakhan seeks a monument to himself.


Wed, 30 Jun 2010

He doesn´t know historia. They arabs som started slavery in Africa. What does Zanzibar mean? Dar-es-salam? What is going on even now in Mauritania, in Sudan, etc..Does he know how arabs are exploiting Africa?

Leo M Pomerantz

Wed, 30 Jun 2010

Hasn't Farrakhan allowed some Jewish doctors to take care of his medical problems?