Does the Nation of Islam observe the sabbath on Sunday or Saturday? Do they observe it at all? What exactly is it that they worship, and what’s their communion wine spiked with?
Louis Farrakhan recently sent a three-page letter along with two books to the heads of 16 Jewish organizations.
Dated June 24, 2010, the letter is resplendent with a crescent-and-moon flag and Farrakhan’s impressive-sounding title (“National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam”). In it, he announces that the books (volume two of The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews and Jews Selling Blacks: Slave Trade by American Jews) present an undeniable record of Jewish anti-Black behavior, starting with the horror of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, plantation slavery, Jim Crow, sharecropping, the labor movement of the North and South, the unions and the misuse of our people that continues to this very moment.
Farrakhan challenges the recipients of his letter — who range politically from Jeremy Ben-Ami (of J Street) to Lee Rosenberg (of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) to Morton Klein (of the Zionist Organization of America) — to find one act committed by me or those who follow me that has injured one Jewish person, stopped Jews from doing business, hindered their education, injured their families, sullied or desecrated their synagogues.
“You will not find one,” declares Farrakhan, who then asks: “on what basis do you charge me and us as being ‘anti-Semitic’?”
Uh… on the basis of being Louis Farrakhan. Isn’t that enough?
It turns out, we covered this about two weeks ago, but we didn’t have some of the choicest language then. I’m not sure of the value of covering this man—if we wanted to read s**t like this, we’d read the diaries of Robert Byrd.
But he keeps coming back. Imagine being a Jew (some of you don’t have to imagine), minding your own business (multinational and world-dominating as it is), when you get a pipe bomb in the mail from Lunatic Louis, the Maniacal Minister.
“We could now charge you with the most vehement anti-Black behavior in the annals of our history in America and the world. We could charge you with being the most deceitful so-called friend, while your history with us shows you have been our worst enemy.” Farrakhan could also dwell on the fact that Jews are “sitting on top of the world in power, with riches and influence, while the masses of my people here in America, in the Caribbean, Central and South America and elsewhere in the world are in the worst condition of any member of the human family.”
To paraphrase Woody Allen in Annie Hall, Jews never sat on top of the world: they were too busy getting raped by Cossacks.
But Loo the Poo makes an offer the Jews can’t refuse:
[Y]ou may either gather your forces for an all-out struggle against me, the Nation of Islam, and the truth that I and we speak and write, or as an intelligent and civilized people, we can sit down and carve out a way forward that can obliterate the stain of the past and render us, Jews and Blacks . . . in a new, honorable, and mutually respectful relationship.
[S]hould you choose to make our struggle to our people more difficult, then I respectfully warn you . . . that the more you fight and oppose me rather than help me to lift my people from their degraded state, Allah (God) and His Messiah will bring you and your people to disgrace and ruin and destroy your power and influence here and throughout the world.
When we first reported this story, we got a series of comments from a follower of the Nation of Islam, who denied that Jews had ever been “chosen” by God and insisted that black slaves better fit the description of the “chosen” people. She then demanded “proof” of Jews’ indentured servitude in Egypt. We told her to go pound desert sand.
Daniel Pipes, bless his soul, is more articulate:
The “Nation of Islam Historical Research Team” (note the absence of individuals’ names) produced the first volume of The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews in 1991. In brief, the first volume was akin to The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, not a scholarly tome but an artifact of conspiracist propaganda intended solely to spawn hatred against Jews. Harold Brackman began to demolish its scholarly pretensions in Ministry of Lies, and Saul S. Friedman finished the job in Jews and the American Slave Trade.
Attempts to blame the trans-Atlantic slave trade on Jews reminds one of conspiracy theories blaming 9/11 on Jews: In both cases, Jews are brought gratuitously into a story overwhelmingly about Muslims.
The letter fits a pattern of anti-Semitism on Farrakhan’s part that goes back to his re-establishing the Nation of Islam in 1978.
Klein of ZOA calls this letter “a veiled call for violence against Jews,” and he is right: Farrakhan full well knows he will not get the reply he demands.
Farrakhan has praised Obama as “the hope of the entire world,” the “one who can lift America from her fall,” and as one sent by “the Messiah.” Obama’s presidency has apparently emboldened him to renew his attacks on Jews.
Where are the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim American Society, and the Muslim Public Affairs Council? One awaits their condemnations of Farrakhan.
One might also ask: where is the Reverend Jesse Jackson? Where is the Reverend Al Sharpton? Where are the Reverend Wright and Father Pfleger? Where are the Methodists and the Presbyterians and the Episcopalians and the Mennonites? Where are the various Grand Muftis denouncing such hate speech on behalf of the Religion of Peace?