Following Farrakhan’s Latest Anti-Semitic Rant, Wiesenthal Center Asks: What Will It Take For Political Leaders And National Media To Call Him Out?

March 6, 2018 

Leaders of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish Human Rights NGO denounced the continuing parade of American politicians and social activists who meet with longtime race baiter and avowed anti-Semite, Rev. Louis Farrakhan.

“Farrakhan has never hidden his hatred for the Jewish people,” charged Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper Dean and Founder and Associate Dean and Director of Social Action for the SWC. “His infamous bigoted one-liners include Hitler was ‘a very great man’ and Judaism as ‘a dirty (or gutter) religion’, how about his current barnstorming campaign, that’s been ongoing since 2015, during which he’s lambasted ‘wicked ones in the Jewish community that run America, run the government, run the world, own the banks, own the means of communication. They are my enemies!’”

Rabbi Hier and Cooper continued, “Every year without fail, he continues to besmirch ‘Zionist Jews’ for being behind the 9/11 attacks. Farrakhan’s rants include “The Satanic Jews that control everything and mostly everybody, if they are your enemy, then you must be somebody.’” Farrakhan insta-messaged “Mr. Trump”: “You say, ‘America first.’ America is never first. Israel is always first. Ask any Jew, even your son-in-law.”

Just last month, at his annual Saviours’ Day 2018, Farrakhan declared in his keynote, “Jews were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out, turning men into women and women into men…” adding, “White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled a cover off of that Satanic Jew, and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through,” he screamed.

“High profile leaders in the Women’s March, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour, refused to condemn Farrakhan’s obsession and Jew-hatred,” the Wiesenthal Center officials said, adding, “The lack of courageous leadership in standing up to such bigotry is deeply distressing.”

Hier and Cooper pointed to Ira A. Lipman, a national Civil Rights leader set to receive the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Humanitarian Award on May 30th in New York, who denounced Farrakhan over a quarter of a century ago, when the then-Memphis Mayor, W.W. Herenton, claiming he was unaware of Farrakhan’s bigotry made him an honorary citizen of Memphis. Lipman was so outraged that he called the Mayor a “liar” and a “fool” for him to do this to a guy who has a huge hate record, is just unbelievable. “It’s very troublesome that I have to live in a city that has honored Louis Farrakhan,” Mr. Lipman said.


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