Charges of anti-Semitism exposed as anti-Black racism, fear-mongering and money scheme
In an interview with Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman, former Israeli Education Minister Shulamit Aloni said this of the charge of anti-Semitism:
“… It’s a trick, we always use it.”
What Ms. Aloni is describing is the very skullduggery used against the noble work and reputation of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. Minister Farrakhan remains the beloved champion of truth and the heroic servant to the poor and oppressed peoples around the world. The price he has had to pay for speaking the truth is to suffer being called an anti-Semite and all that comes with that negative designation. However, those who have falsely accused the Minister have actually revealed more about themselves and their true motives and intentions.
The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught that both the American slave master and the European colonizer used the artful science of “tricks and lies” to master the original people of the Earth. Ms. Aloni’s statement bears witness that the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us the truth. Her statement goes to the heart of the false labeling of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. More plainly, this is a trick that has been played on the general public, who are often forced to admire, respect, support and even love Minister Farrakhan in veritable secret, or otherwise suffer being accused of allowing their admiration to provide legitimacy for an alleged “anti-Semitic hate teacher.” Some are so affected by the trick that they have developed outright negative opinions of Minister Farrakhan.
The Minister’s criticisms of the Jewish community and the policies of Israel are not de facto anti-Semitism. This is what propagandists like the ADL, Simon Wiesenthal Center and Southern Poverty Law Center would like us to believe. They deliberately mischaracterize legitimate criticism as anti-Semitism to obfuscate or hide the truth of their misdeeds. These so-called anti-anti-Semitism watchdog groups have actually been criticized by avowed Farrakhan-critic Rabbi Michael Lerner. In his book, co-authored by Dr. Cornel West, titled Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin, he writes:
“The ADL, like the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, has built its financial appeal to Jews on its ability to portray the Jewish people as surrounded by enemies who are on the verge of launching threatening anti-Semitic campaigns. It has a professional stake in exaggerating the dangers, and sometimes allows existing racial or political prejudices in the Jewish world to influence how it will portray the potential dangers.”
A youthful Lerner in 1969 also expressed sentiments that agree with Minister Farrakhan and other Black leaders. The Tikkun magazine editor once wrote that Black criticism of Jews is “rooted in the concrete fact of oppression by Jews of Blacks in the ghetto.” Lerner referred to this as an “earned” criticism.
In the mistreatment of Minister Farrakhan by these money-driven propagandist groups, Black people en masse have suffered the most. For all of the economic programs and unity efforts advanced by Minister Farrakhan to uplift Blacks in America from poverty and want have been undermined by these groups, whose efforts are no less racist and anti-Black than those of the Ku Klux Klan. In 1991 Klan wizard David Duke ran for governor of Louisiana and the ADL limited its reaction saying its tax-exempt status prevented it from intervening in a political campaign, according to author Micha L. Sifry in his 1993 Nation magazine article titled, “Anti-Semitism in America.”
Tax-exempt status concerns were a non-issue in 1984 when the Reverend Jesse Jackson ran for the office of the President of the United States of America. The ADL actively engaged in sabotaging Reverend Jackson’s campaign, even working to destroy his candidacy before it got started! According to Daniel Levitas of the Center for Democratic Renewal,
“Before Jackson announced his candidacy in 1983, but aware of his impending run, the A.D.L. quietly circulated a nineteen-page memo to reporters detailing Jackson’s past statements regarding Jews.”
Matters got even worse when Rev. Jackson was accused by reporter Milton Coleman of using a racial slur when referring to Jews in New York. This caused Rev. Jackson to apologize publicly to the Jewish community for using the term “Hymietown,” to which ADL director Nathan Perlmutter responded:
“He could light candles every Friday night, and grow side curls, and it still wouldn’t matter … he’s a whore.”
When Perlmutter attacked Rev. Jackson, he obviously viewed Blacks as an “underdog” people without any defense or aid or power. He cared nothing for the fact that Rev. Jackson’s run for the presidency symbolized the collective hopes and dreams of all Black people at that time. His vile reference to Rev. Jackson as a whore is definitely a tongue-in-cheek remark. By his own admission, the ADL practiced Black-baiting for money. In its publication “Not the Work of a Day”: ADL of B’nai B’rith Oral Memoirs, Vol. 1, former ADL director Nathan Perlmutter bragged about how much money the ADL made from the vilification of Rev. Jackson. The mailing for donations after the group made Rev. Jackson a Black boogeyman was so successful, Perlmutter wrote, that: “we never had the response to a mailing that we had in our July, 1984 mailing.”
Sifry’s article titled “Anti-Semitism in America,” raises serious questions about the selective use of the term “anti-Semite.” In his inquiry he exposes those groups kowtowing to powerful Whites who not only have spoken against Jews but have acted against the Jewish people. Sifry points out that in 1990 political commentator and former senior advisor to three Presidents Pat Buchanan blamed the Israel Lobby and Jewish geopolitical strategists for America’s use of force against Saddam Hussein. Sifry notes that it was anti-Semitism watchdog William F. Buckley Jr., founder of National Review, who quickly offered a defense for Buchanan by writing that he did not believe that Buchanan was anti-Semitic; he was just “attracted to mischievous generalizations.” These same groups often demonize Minister Farrakhan for saying once that Hitler was wickedly great. But in 1977 Pat Buchanan had written that Adolf Hitler “was also an individual of great courage, a soldier’s soldier” and possessed “extraordinary gifts.” I guess comments by Buchanan are “mischievous generalizations,” but a comment by Minister Farrakhan is anti-Semitism?
Sifry also notes Buchanan’s orchestration of President Reagan’s laying a wreath at the tomb of German SS soldiers. Sifry writes:
The Washington Post reported that Buchanan was “credited … with the President’s characterization of World War II German soldiers and SS troops as ‘victims’ of the Nazis ‘just as surely as the victims in the concentration camps.’ And that Buchanan bluntly urged Jewish leaders visiting the White House to ‘be good Americans’ and stop protesting Reagan’s cemetery stop.”
According to Sifry, the ADL claimed that it couldn’t verify that Buchanan actually made those statements. Really?
Sifry also questions the ADL response to Fred Malek and Pres. Richard Nixon. Malek, White House personnel chief, provided for President Nixon a list of Jews in the Labor Department and some lost their jobs as a result of this. Years later Malek goes on to become a high-level advisor to Vice-President George H. W. Bush. To this the ADL’s Abraham Foxman called Malek’s involvement in fellow Jews losing their jobs “ancient history,” adding that Malek had merely been “carrying out the instructions of an individual who had [prejudiced] feelings.”
We might consider Foxman’s response as genuine were it not for what the ADL wrote about the so-called individual “who had [prejudiced] feelings.” The Watergate tapes of President Nixon reveal Nixon calling Jews “kikes” and complaining about their prevalence in the arts and advising his staff to stay away from them. Yet according to Sifry the ADL said: “Richard Nixon is indeed a friend of Israel and his views on foreign affairs merit regard.”
All this evidence points to the ulterior motives of racism, fear-mongering and money-scheming on the part of the so-called anti-anti-Semitism watchdog groups. These groups falsely label Minister Farrakhan as an anti-Semite to support their economic interests, not because he is a threat to Jewish people. For when confronted with real anti-Semitism, these groups make calculated decisions based on who they think is the weakest target. It is time now to expose these tricks, artifices and devilish wiles. If what Minister Farrakhan is teaching is not the truth, why not call boxing promoter, entrepreneur and radio show host Rock Newman and schedule a showdown so the public can once and for all separate fact from fiction, truth from falsehood, the falsely labeled from the real anti-Semite.
(Demetric Muhammad is a student minister and member of the Nation of Islam Research Group. His website is www.researchminister.com. Read more online at www.noirg.org and join the conversation on FaceBook.com and Twitter @ NOIResearch.)