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Subject: [10/17] Uncommon Ground: Black-African Holocaust Council
Summary: The ADL's 1994 report, "Uncommon Ground: The Black
         African Holocaust Council and Other Links Between Black and
         White Extremists

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Last-Modified: 1995/10/03

      The Nation of Islam and Holocaust Denial

The earliest significant link involved the Nation of Islam,
and occurred in 1985, when Professor Arthur Butz lectured at
an NOI Savior's Day rally in Chicago. Butz, a professor of
computer science and electrical engineering at Northwestern
University, is the author of _The Hoax of the Twentieth
Century_, a standard propaganda work for the Holocaust denial
movement. He has also been a member of IHR's Editorial
Advisory Committee since its founding. The ostensible topic of
Butz's 1985 address was "International Zionism," but much of
his speech was in fact devoted to his mendacious views of the
Holocaust.

More recently, Holocaust denial references have crept into the
Nation of Islam's tabloid, _The Final Call_. For example, in
the May 6, 1991, issue, Abdul Allah Muhammad wrote, "...the
four million extermination victims cited on the stone [at
Auschwitz] was a blatant lie.... But the most astute Jewish
mathematicians will ignore plain facts, continuing to bellow
the six-million holocaust [sic] lie, and to condemn anyone who
insists upon being intelligent enough to subtract three from
six." In the October 6, 1992, issue of _The Final Call_,
Muhammad referred to Simon Wiesenthal as "a so-called
Nazi-hunter who has been proven to be a liar and a fraud";
this, too, repeats an allegation originating with the IHR.

As noted earlier, the NOI activist who has most relentlessly
expressed Holocaust denial and Holocaust-demeaning rhetoric
has been Khalid Muhammad. While the "blaming-the-victim"
rhetoric he used in his keynote address at the Holocaust
Council's inaugural meeting is an important aspect of
Holocaust denial propaganda, the movement's influence on
Muhammad's thinking became more pronounced in his April 19,
1994, Howard University speech. There, he noted that though
"the Black African Holocaust" was responsible for the deaths
of "600 million"[5], the "so-called Jew Holocaust" was
responsible for the deaths of six million, "and we question
that!" He further contended that the movie _Schindler's List_
was "really a 'Swindler's List'"; he thus echoed the rhetoric
of Canadian neo-Nazi Ernst Zundel, who wrote in the February
1994 issue of the Holocaust-denial publication _Remarks_ an
essay titled, "Is Spielberg's 'Schindler' a 'Schwindler'?"
(Anti-Defamation League, 10-11)

Notes

5. In fact, most authorities estimate the number of Africans
forcibly brought to the New World as being between 10 and 15
million, with approximately two million dying in transit, and
an additional 6 to 12 million dying as a result of the trade
before leaving Africa -- numbers horrendous enough to be
morally wrenching without Muhammad's irresponsible
exaggeration.

                     Work Cited

Anti-Defamation League. Uncommon Ground: The Black African
Holocaust Council and Other Links Between Black and White
Extremists. New York: Anti-Defamation League, 1994


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