Archive/File: pub/orgs/american/adl/larouche-noi/larouche-noi Last-Modified: 1995/12/26 [Typos mine. knm] The LaRouche Cult and the Nation of Islam The professional bigots of the Nation of Islam (NOI) and the Lyndon LaRouche organization have recently revived an ad hoc alliance to advance their attack on Jews and Jewish organizations. They have held joint programs and street demonstrations to vilify the Anti-Defamation League for allegedly fostering the AIDS epidemic, promoting drugs and violence, and "attacking" black leaders. Much of their rhetoric has been confrontational and violence prone. The two fired a new incendiary salvo recently, suggesting that ADL is somehow involved in a plot to kill Minister Louis Farrakhan. Apart from the bleak diversion offered by this spectacle, it is useful, on a more serious level, to see what these hate peddlers have in common. It's hard to imagine two more disparate fringe groups. The Nation of Islam, a black separatist, anti-white group, boasts ties to Libya and an assortment of neo-Marxist radical groups and violent street gangs. The LaRouche political cult, whose bizarre conspiracy theories are impossible to place on the ideological map, draws mainly white, middle-class adherents. Conspiracies in Common So what do they agree on? Not much - except that tired song of the demagogue, that some of the world's ugliest problems are spawned and furthered by conspiracies involving Jews. The LaRouche cult ~ whose leader, 71-year-old, Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr., was just paroled from federal prison after serving time for his role in defrauding a series of elderly persons of more than $30 million, in many cases of their life savings -blames prominent Jews and Jewish families, organizations and businesses for organized crime and international drug trafficking. The announcement a year and a half ago for a joint Nation of Islam/LaRouche program at Howard University trumpeted, "The ADL is historically indistinguishable from organized crime and the bankers and financiers who operate the $500 billion drug trade known as DOPE INC." NOI officials have parroted this conspiratorial LaRouche claptrap in recent statements. Conrad Muhammad, who runs the NOI's mosque No.7 in New York told The New Yorker in February 1994, ". .Why not condemn Fe criminal activities and the charges that have been laid at [the ADL's] door that they were a front organization for Meyer Lansky and other gangsters?" Farrakhan's tabloid, The Final Call. has editorialized more broadly on the theme of 'Vile plots being hatched against Black people by clandestine organizations dominated by Jewish interests, including the...apartheid system, which was helped to be formed by Jewish doctors." Prominent Farrakhan follower Steve Cokely, has charged an international "secret society' exists to oppress blacks and create a single world government run by Jews. In the same speech, Cokely kid the AIDS epidemic to doctors, especially Jewish ones, injecting black babies with the AIDS virus. Said Farrakhan, "Cokely spoke the truth." The "international Jewish conspiracy'' theme surfaces in both camps. LaRouche has endorsed the notorious Czarist forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, stating that a "corrected version...would stipulate that the evil paths cited were actually the practices of...B'nai B'rith...." In turn, the Protocols and Henry Ford, Sr.'s The International Jew have been sold in bookstores owned by Nation of Islam supporters. Both groups have echoed the classic a anti-Semitic blood libel that the Jews killed Christ. In the world according to LaRouche, "It was the Jewish Sadducees who crucified Christ and the same faction in Rome who prompted the Emperor Nero to launch the centuries-long 'holocaust' against the Christians." Last year Farrakhan's national spokesman, Khalid Abdul Muhammad, stated, "it is a known fact that the Jews have been an enemy of Jesus" and they "sought to kill the Messiah." And in his 1994 Savior's Day speech, Farrakhan told followers, "they didn't want to hear what he said. And they trumped up lies on Him and they killed Him. Right to this day Jews don't believe in Jesus...." Both organizations have cozied up to white supremacist groups. The LaRouche network has employed Ku Klux Klan members as security consultants, notably Roy Frankhauser, a two-time felon lately of the United Klans of America. Among Frankhauser's convictions was one involving explosives in connection with a school bus bombing in Pontiac, Mich. Representatives of Farrakhan invited former Klansman Tom Metzger and several members of his White American Political Association (now called White Aryan Resistance - WAR) to a 1985 Los Angeles Coliseum appearance by Farrakhan. Later Metzger's group donated $100 to Farrakhan. According to Metzger, he and Farrakhan's people exchanged "intelligence." Both the LaRouche organization and the Nation of Islam promote ignorant and distorted claims concerning the Holocaust. The LaRouche tabloid has referred to "the mythical 'six million Jewish victims' of the Nazi 'holocaust,"' asserting that a million and a half Jews perished, and that Hitler was put in power by prominent Jewish banking families. The cult continues to vilify the Office of Special Investigations of the U.S. Department of Justice and defend accused Nazi war criminals and German rocket scientists who used slave laborers while working under the Nazi regime. For its part, in February 1985, the NOI welcomed Arthur Butz, author of the Holocaust-denial tract, The Hoax of the 20th Century, as a guest speaker at its annual Savior's Day Convention in Chicago. Butz's pseudo- history has been sold at recent NOI events. Despite the historical tack, Farrakhan has admonished Jews: "You cannot say 'never again' to God, because when He puts you in the oven, 'never again' don't mean a thing." Khalid Muhammad has joined his anti-Semitism with Holocaust denial. In April 1994 Muhammad staged a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and held a press conference afterwards at which he belittled the magnitude of the Nazi's near extermination of European Jewry. The museum visit appeared to be a publicity stunt for Muhammad's speech the following night at Howard University, where he repeated many of the same remarks. At Howard he said "the black holocaust was 100 times worse than the so-called Jew Holocaust. You say you lost 6 million we question that, but we lost 600 million. Schindler's List is really a swindler's list." Farrakhan himself made similar remarks in his 1994 Savior's Day speech in Chicago. Hostile to Israel. Friendly to Terrorists The anti-Jewish leitmotif surfaces in foreign affairs as well. For LaRouche this frequently takes a nominally anti- Zionist form which, in some of its language, echoes classic anti-Semitic imagery. He has stated, ...We know that Zionism today is a parody more hideous than what it imitates from the most evil period of Ptolemaic Egypt and the Roman Empire," and has referred to "the Zionist octopus," which "must be destroyed." The cult leader has also argued that, "If international Jewry were...freed of the grip of the Zionist psychosis...the problems of the Middle East could be resolved." Farrakhan states simply, "The presence of a state called Israel is an outlaw act." Also on the international scene, both groups have sought ties with terrorist states. In the 1980s, the Nation of Islam received a $5 million interest-free loan from Libya. Farrakhan and his lieutenants have visited Muammar Kaddafi in Libya on several occasions, and participated in demonstrations protesting the 1986 U.S. raid on Tripoli. Last year LaRouche's wife Helga Zepp LaRouche, participated in a conference in The Sudan, a repressive launch pad for Islamist terrorism, and met with Sudanese leaders. The LaRouche organization also had a relationship with Iraq in the late 1970s that apparently was revived at the time of Gulf War. A member of the cult's European Executive Committee made several trips to Baghdad, ostensibly on a humanitarian mission, and LaRouche-controlled newspapers lambasted the anti-Saddam campaign in 1990-91. Formerly at Odds The curious aspect of this meeting of hate-mongering minds is that as recently as the mid-1980s, the LaRouche organization was denouncing Farrakhan for what they alleged was his involvement in terrorism. After Farrakhan and his lieutenants attended a 1986 conclave of radicals and terrorists in Tripoli, a LaRouche publication, Investigative Leads, called for Farrakhan's arrest and prosecution, and urged his surrender for questioning on sedition charges. "Farrakhan, AIM [The American Indian Movement] Get Marching Orders at Libyan Terror Summit," the title shrieked. Other issues characterized Farrakhan as the "mediating link" between international Muslim Brotherhood terrorist operations and "black militant groupings" and "leaders of the black race riot infrastructure" in the U.S., and asserted that Farrakhan and a man associated with the suspected murderer of an anti-Khomeini Iranian dissident in northern Virginia had "reportedly set up several training centers for firearms training" for selected members of an Iranian-linked Islamic group. Perhaps the most perverse aspect of the twosome's cozy relationship is that the Nation of Islam, a black racist group is in bed with an organization which has worked for the premier intelligence of the apartheid Republic of South Africa. In the late 1970s the LaRouchies were paid to prepare intelligence reports on anti-apartheid groups in the U.S. for the South African Bureau of State Security (BOSS). After the contract, the staff did additional work for at least one private South African business in the early 1980s, ex-members say. Contacts with the South African embassies and consulate continued at least into the late 1980s, say sources. Recent events have the Farrakhan and LaRouche believers back on the same wavelength. The cult's relationship with the Nation of Islam dates back to the late 1 980s when the two held joint forums on AIDS, that were covered in the LaRouche magazine Executive Intelligence Review. LaRouche disciples were promoting "experts" who claimed that AIDS was part of a government conspiracy against blacks and was created in a U.S. biological warfare facility. Dr. Abdul Alim Muhammad, director of the NOl's Washington, D.C. AIDS clinic also participated in a meeting in Paris, France called by a LaRouche front group - the Schiller Institute's International Commission of inquiry into Violations of Human Rights - which was agitating for the release from federal prison of Lyndon LaRouche. According to the NOl's The Final Call, Dr. Muhammad, whose announced topic was AIDS, appeared to blame the epidemic on "America's global genocidal policy' (a LaRouche theme). He told the gathering, "America is the number one enemy of the Black man." He charged, 'The rulers of America have decided on a policy of genocide to prevent a Black and Brown majority by the middle of the 21st century." Since then, the Nation of Islam has picked up and embellished that notion, assiduously propagandizing the black community. More recently, the two organizations have trained their combined sights on the ADL, which has exposed the anti- Semitism and extremism of both groups, hampering their efforts to broaden their support. During the fall of 1992 LaRouche representatives twice joined with a senior Farrakhan lieutenant to denounce ADL as "the new Ku Klux Klan," an Orwellian inversion that is the brainchild of the cult. The two groups held programs at Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia titled, "Is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) the New Ku Klux Klan?" Dr. Abdul Alim Muhammad, attacked ADL for its 1992 publication, The Anti-Semitism of Black Demagogues and Extremists. terming the report an attempt to "decapitate, if you will, to lynch, if you will, the black community." There, Muhammad delivered a dissertation on lynching. In a pointed metaphor, he said the charge of "anti-Semitism is a noose that is being tightened around the black community by the new Ku Klux Klan. As [the representative of the LaRouche organization] reminds us, it's not the new Ku Klux Klan, its the old Ku Klux Klan, it is that which produced the original Ku Klux Klan, that which is more evil than the Ku Klux Klan...." Not to leave the audience in any doubt as to the lyncher's identity, Muhammad ominously asserted, to applause, "If your blood pressure rises, if you start seeing red at the very thought of the Ku Klux Klan marching in Washington, D.C., then what you should be doing is learning about the ADL" Muhammad also echoed the international Jewish conspiracy theme, telling his rapt listeners, 'What we are dealing with [is] an evil that is a many-headed evil, and it comes up in many parts of the world...Undeneath there is a subterranean network that connects them all." Farrakhan recently played a variation on this theme. According to the organ of the fringe New Alliance Party, Farrakhan, appearing on a TV show with NAP leaders, said of ADL's exposure of his and other demagogues anti-Semitism and racism: This is a losing, last gasp of an organization that has had its day, run its course. It is going to be exposed and when you expose the root of the ADL to the light, like all things that are exposed at the root, it will die. What I know is the root of the ADL and one of these days I'm going to tell the American people how she was formed, what was the purpose in her formation, who formed her...and all of the related parts of...a conspiracy of the greatest magnitude to rob the American people of a nation and cover it up by accusing those who knew the truth of being wicked demons.. Joining to Scapegoat ADL These joint efforts continue. On April 13, 1994, Abdul Alim Muhammad and Larry Freeman of the Baltimore LaRouche office spoke at a forum at historically black Morgan State University in Baltimore. The event, sponsored by the LaRouchite Schiller Institute, was billed as, 'The Ugly Truth About the ADL." - the latter being the title of a LaRouche propaganda screed circulated in several Jewish neighborhoods around the country during the last year and a half. As a further indication of the ongoing cooperation between the LaRouche and Farrakhan organizations, the March 30, 1994 issue of the NOI tabloid The Final Call carried an advertisement promoting 'The Ugly Truth About the ADL" The night following the Morgan State meeting, another joint NOI- LaRouche program was held at Howard University in Washington, D.C. At Morgan State, Muhammad told an attentive audience, "We are...at war," The Baltimore Jewish Times reported. "Who's fighting us? The ADL. Either we overcome them or they overcome us. Until they kill all of us or we them. Kill all of them, if it comes to that. We must fight them until we crush them." The next night at Howard University, LaRouche representatives stated, "ADL is behind drugs, destruction of children, and AIDS," and promoted the cult's latest fantasies. According to an account in The Washington Jewish Week, the LaRouche followers baldly announced that the ADL had staged the recent massacre at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron via the Jewish Defense League, which the ADL supposedly operates as agents of assassination. A LaRouche speaker also provocatively asserted that the massacre is linked to "an ongoing attempt to assassinate" Louis Farrakhan. Muhammad said that he was "very proud to share the rostrum" with LaRouche representatives, who he praised as "kindred in spirit to those you find in the Nation of Islam." Finally, on April 30, a "Stop the Attack" group composed of roughly 35 Nation of Islam members, LaRouche followers and Howard University students, and an apparent homeless man held a demonstration that floated from Capitol Hill to FBI headquarters, The Washington Post, and B'nai B'rith headquarters, winding up at the ADL's Washington, D.C. offices. Demonstrators asserted that the ADL is "a spy-and assassination network" responsible for keeping blacks from advancement, according to The Washington Times. Demonstrators chanted, "Hands off Farrakhan/Stop the attack/We know the ADL is anti-black." The demonstrators' tone was occasionally threatening. They said, 'We know you are trying to assassinate Farrakhan," and promised that if Farrakhan is "attacked," 'We will break every bone in your body. An eye for an eye, a death for a death." The Washington Times quoted a protester who promised, "You want to see assassinations, try touching...Farrakhan. Once you aggress upon us, you're going down." Some statements were also nakedly anti-Semitic. The demonstrator quoted by the Times yelled, "This is not an attack on Jews - it's an attack on the Anti-Defamation League...and the synagogues of Satan. ...You have too much control of the country." Conclusion Both the NOI and the LaRouche cult are likely to continue their joint attacks on Jews and Jewish organizations. Each is using the other to further its own ends, both are seeking to expand their base of support and seeking allies and ammunition against the ADL, which has consistently monitored and exposed their extremism and anti-Semitism. Neither the Nation of Islam nor the LaRouche cult are choosy about the company they keep. Both have rubbed shoulders with terrorist states abroad and bigots and extremists at home. Unembarrassed by this record, the two have been quick to accuse the "Anti-Defamation League of being the new Ku Klux Klan." Yet it is their hatemongering, scapegoating and conspiratorial propaganda - as well as their associations with Klansmen and other[s of] that ilk -- which brings to mind the KKK. Deciphering the Nation of Islam and the LaRouche cult slogan, "Is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) The New Ku Klux Klan?" requires a trip to their upside-down "Through the Looking Glass" world. Few will mistake it for reality. Footnotes:  Radical groups include several with ties to Libya, notably domestic revolutionary terrorist group (see below). The NOI has also enjoyed a close relationship with the El Rukn gang in Chicago, which terrorized the South Side of the city for nearly a generation with murder, drug trafficking and protection rackets. More recently, NOI figures have reportedly tried to broker a truce between the rival Crips and Bloods in Los Angeles.  These and other anti-Semitic works - including Tony Martin's The Jewish Onslaught and Martin Luther's The Jews and Their Lies - have been sold at Farrakhan's appearances as recently as March 1994 when Farrakhan gave a speech in Palm Beach, Fla.  Metzger and his son were held civilly liable in a suit brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ADL for the 1988 murder of a young Ethiopian immigrant in Portland, who was beaten to death by neo-Nazi Skinheads incited by a WAR recruiter.  The NOl's cohorts at these pro-Libyan demonstrations included a domestic terrorist group the Republic of New Afrika, a revolutionary black separatist organization whose members have robbed armored cars and murdered police officers. Other demonstrators, also veterans of travel to Tripoli, included the American Indian Movement, a leader of which is in prison for the murders of two FBI agents, the radical-left, anti-Semitic All-African People's Revolutionary Party, and the New Alliance Party, a left-wing psychotherapy cult which is also anti-Semitic.  In recent months the cult's publications have praised and defended Farrakhan and his followers, and highlighted the relationship between the groups.  The Ugly Truth has been sold at NOI events. LaRouche followers have also distributed the booklet and other materials at resent appearances by Khalid Abdul Muhammad and other figures, haranguing people as they waited in line to enter the hall.
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