In his latest anti-Semitic outburst, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan spoke in defense of the Women’s March national leadership and charged “wicked Jews” were trying to use him to break up the movement, The Jerusalem Post reported.
Farrakhan made the comments during the annual Saviours’ Day conference in Chicago on Sunday, praising by name the national co-chairs of the Women’s March. “Tamika [Mallory], Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez, our sister with the #MeToo movement, Black Lives Matter – the women shook the world the day after President Trump was elected,” he said.
“The wicked Jews want to use me to break up the women’s movement,” Farrakhan continued. “It ain’t about Farrakhan; it’s about women all over the world [who] have the power to change the world.”
Mallory attended last year’s Saviours’ Day rally in Chicago, and Farrakhan acknowledged her presence on stage in a speech, in which he said that “the powerful Jews are my enemy.” The leadership of the movement later defended Mallory against charges of anti-Semitism.
Mallory previously described Farrakhan as “GOAT” — the greatest of all times.
In his lengthy speech, the notorious hate preacher also came to the rescue of freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D – Minn.). Farrakhan said that she has “nothing to apologize for” following her anti-Semitic tweet, in which she accused the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) of paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.
“Sweetheart, don’t do that,” Farrakhan said, citing Omar’s apology. “Pardon me for calling you sweetheart, but you do have a sweet heart. You sure are using it to shake the government up, but you have nothing to apologize for.”
Elsewhere in his address, Farrakhan, who has a long history of anti-Semitism, accused Jews for anti-black racism, slavery, colonialism and dehumanization.
“How many of you have heard a Jew say you can’t call it a Holocaust when you talk about our suffering?” he asked. “Do you know why? Because to them, the suffering of six million Jews is worth seven billion human beings on our planet, so when you say Holocaust, that to them is blasphemy – that’s how cheap they think of Palestinian life, the life of a gentile – to them only their life is sacred.”
Over 300 organizations have withdrawn their sponsorship of the Women’s March amidst controversy over the national leadership’s ties to Farrakhan and anti-Semitic remarks.
In November, Teresa Shook, the founder of the Women’s March, called on the movement’s current co-chairs to resign over anti-Semitic rhetoric and bigotry, just days after Sarsour suggested American Jews have dual loyalties. She charged that the organization’s leadership had “allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform.”
Earlier in the month, actress and activist Alyssa Milano said she would not speak at this year’s Women’s March because its leaders refused to denounce anti-Semitism. Fellow actress Debra Messing later announced her support for Milano.
In a separate incident, a German think tank, associated with Germany’s Social Democratic Party, rescinded a human rights award it had planned to present to the Women’s March movement on grounds that the latter group holds anti-Semitic views.
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