February 21, 2006
Notice, though, his problem with geography? This goes way back. For instance:
They [the J-O-Os] have stolen land from the Palestinians, killing and murdering the Palestinians on that landÂ….In truth, the land belongs to the African, who was pushed out of Palestine, Egypt and Northern Africa."Incidentally I once had a conversation with a guy in the Nation of Islam who was convinced Israel was in Africa. I happened to have a map on me and broke it out. As far as I know, that guy still believes that Rand-McNally was paid off by the Zionists.
Below: Everything you ever wanted to know about Malik Zulu Shabazz, from the ADL:
Shabazz, born Paris Lewis in Los Angeles, was Muhammad's obvious successor. He was Muhammad's closest advisor and, as an attorney, had helped Muhammad organize and lead the group. Like Muhammad, his long record of extremist speech could be traced to the NOI, though Shabazz's rise as an activist took place while he attended Howard University. In 1988 he founded Unity Nation, a Howard group of NOI supporters. As leader, Shabazz lashed out at Jews and whites in an ostensible effort to promote black pride and consciousness.
Early in 1994, three months after Muhammad lost his title as National Spokesperson of the NOI, Shabazz, by then a second-year Howard law student, invited him to lecture at Unity Nation. "We want to show love for a man who has been vilified and attacked by the media, Jewish community, Congress and the Congressional Black Caucus," Shabazz said. At the event, he warmed-up for Muhammad by leading the audience in an anti-Semitic call-and-response. He asked, "Who is it that caught and killed Nat Turner?" The audience responded, "Jews!" He then asked, "Who is that controls the Federal Reserve? Again the audience responded with, "Jews!" Shabazz: "Who is it that controls the media and Hollywood?" Audience: "Jews! Jews!"
Afterward, Shabazz refused to apologize for his remarks, and later told an interviewer, "I sympathize with the suffering of all people, but stop pushing your Holocaust down my throat when the Black Holocaust is the worst holocaust black humanity has ever seen."
On October 14-15, 1995, as a prelude to NOI's Million Man March the next day, Unity Nation held the "African Black Holocaust and Nationhood Conference." The event, keynoted by several pro-Farrakhan speakers, was geared toward a young audience and held at two Washington, D.C. high schools. Approximately 600 people attended the first day's session at McKinley Tech High School in Northeast Washington, and between 1,200 and 2,000 were present the next day at Coolidge High School in the Northwest part of the city.
Many of the participants at the event who had expressed support for Farrakhan had a history of anti-Semitic remarks, including Professor Leonard Jeffries of New York's City College and Steve Cokely, a former Chicago mayoral aide who was best known for accusing Jewish doctors of injecting black children with the AIDS virus. Shabazz introduced Khallid Muhammad by saying:
"We want to bring on the former national spokesman for the Honorable Minister Louis FarrakhanÂ…We want to bring on a man who gives the white man nightmares. We want to bring on a man who makes the Jews pee in their pants at nightÂ… My big brother, Dr. Khallid Muhammad!"
Although Million Man March co-organizer Benjamin Chavis disavowed any connection between the march and the Black Holocaust Conference, Shabazz insisted that his gathering was "right in line and in tune with the Million Man March leadership." Still, the bigotry of the conference contrasted sharply with the broad-based Million Man March, which was intended to expand Farrakhan's influence beyond his traditional constituency.
Over the next few years, Shabazz continued to work closely with Muhammad, arranging many of his speaking engagements. By 1998, when Muhammad had assumed NBPP leadership, Shabazz's role was to take the group's - and Muhammad's - militant message to the mainstream media. On September 2, 1998, as legal counsel and National Youth Director of the Million Youth March, Shabazz appeared on New York One, a local news station in New York. When asked what he had against Jews, Shabazz answered, "What we have against Jews and others is [sic] simple facts of history: that the Jews have been involved in the African holocaust and that the Zionists are causing problems, you know, for people of color around the world." His evidence? "The State of Israel. The Zionist entity there. It's a problem, it's a problem for our brothers and sisters in that particular area. And it's causing problems all over the earth."
The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews
Shabazz also championed the discredited notion that Jews were "significantly and substantially involved" in the African slave trade. He claimed that Jews owned ships, financed "slave endeavors" and held plantations in South America. As his source he cited the NOI's The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, which argues that the history of slavery in the New World was dominated by Jewish ship owners and merchants. He also called the Talmud racist, citing alleged passages demeaning to Blacks, and saying, "your own holy book is a racist book."
Prior to the Million Youth March, Shabazz charged that then Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was "doing the bidding of the Jewish community" in refusing to initially grant a permit for the march. During the march, Shabazz acted as the emcee, telling the crowd, "I don't care what the Jews say. You [crowd] are the only people that have been in bondage for over 400 years. You are the true chosen people of God, and it is not the so-called Jew."
In 2000, Shabazz, now both the Panthers' National Spokesman and National Minister of Justice, opened a chapter in Washington, D.C., that would become the group's headquarters. Soon after, he introduced his chapter to the D.C. community by organizing a boycott of a local Korean-American owned store after a dispute between the store owner and a black teenage girl led to a fight, which was caught on video tape. The NBPP organized a week of protests on the sidewalk in front of the store, and protestors, borrowing the language of anti-Semitic slander, chanted "death to the Bloodsucker." On November 30, 2000, a pipe bomb was thrown into the store, causing severe damage. Painted across the outside wall were racial epithets and the words, "Burn them down, Shut them down, Black Power." Shabazz said his group had nothing to do with the attack.
Muhammad died the following year; Shabazz, who could not match his mentor's oratorical intensity, compensated by quickly organizing protests across the country to capitalize on media attention. Like Muhammad, he focused on black communities dealing with high-profile racial issues. In April 2001, after days of rioting in Cincinnati in response to the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by police, NBPP members traveled to the city to eulogize him. Shabazz, flanked by several associates, urged the crowd to "continue to resist by any divine means necessary." Later in the month, Shabazz led a NBPP rally outside of former President Bill Clinton's Harlem office. "We will not allow some cracker named Bill Clinton to set the stage and the pace to drive black people out of Harlem," shouted Shabazz. "We are here to deal with a serious problem called gentrification. Gentrification to us means genocide."
Shabazz and his followers' brand of activism seemed to consist of nothing more than creating enough tension to generate media attention. Members would show up in a community to protest, leading locals to believe the group had a serious social agenda, only to disappear. Many demonstrations lacked a practical agenda altogether. On September 1, 2001, for instance, approximately twenty members of the NBPP demonstrated in front of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum entrance and handed out leaflets stating, "There will be no peace at the Jewish Holocaust Museum and the Department of the Treasury until blacks in America receive full and complete reparations!"
In addition to planning demonstrations, Shabazz helped develop internal guidelines for organizing the group's internal structure. Shabazz published the "Official National NBPP Black Power Manual," which outlines expectations for chapters and members. The manual includes a 10-point program and platform, which, among other things, advocates for full employment, decent housing, education and tax exemption. According to the manual, the "wicked racist" U.S. government has "robbed" black people and they should be exempt from all taxation "as long as we are deprived of equal justice under the laws of the land."
The platform also calls for all black men and women to be exempt from military service and for an end to police brutality, and it promotes the notion that black people and people of color "should be released from the many jails and prisons because they have not received a fair and impartial trail." It also describes membership requirements like dress codes and encourages members to "purchase a weapon" and learn how to operate it. In addition to calls for better conditions for the nation's black population, the manual states that members should not allow themselves to be "questioned by the police about party business or any 'crime.'"
The September 11 terrorist attacks provided Shabazz and the NBPP with an opportunity to exploit the fear and anger that the attacks caused in the United States and to further spread anti-Jewish conspiracy theories. On October 31, 2001, Shabazz co-sponsored a three-hour meeting with "Muslims for Truth and Justice" (an apparent ad hoc coalition of several American Muslim organizations) at the National Press Club. During the meeting, which was broadcast on C-SPAN, Shabazz blamed Jews for the attacks and called the United States and Israel, "The number one and two terrorists right now on the planet." Shabazz then added, "Zionism is racism, Zionism is terrorism, Zionism is colonialism, Zionism is Imperialism, and support for Zionism is the root of why so many were killed on September 11."
"We have to make it plain," Shabazz continued, "that Zionists control America, lock, stock and barrel. The European Jews have America under control, lock, stock, and barrel, the media, foreign policy." Amir Muhammad, an officer with the NBPP, reiterated Shabazz's remarks: "There are reports that as many as 3,000 to 5,000 so-called Jews did not go to work [at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon] that day, and we need to take a serious look at that."
Imam Mohammed al-Asi, a member of "Muslims for Truth and Justice" who claims association with the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C., echoed Shabazz's statements at the meeting: "The twin evils in this world are the decision makers in Washington and the decision makers in Tel Aviv." Al-Asi also accused Israel of carrying out the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center. He said Israeli officials decided to launch the attack after the United States refused their request to put down the Intifada.
The NBPP also launched a Web site that primarily focused on Israel. It included a photo of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President Bush superimposed on a swastika. The text above the picture read: "Israel and AmeriKKKa = The Fourth Reich." The caption stated: "Down with the illegal, Bastard, Oppressive, Zionist, Racist, Cracker, Nazi state of Israel. FREE PALESTINE - FREE THE LAND - FREEDOM AND SELF DETERMINATION!" Much of the site remained under construction and was eventually abandoned.
In an on-line interview in January 2002, Shabazz was asked if he thought America should stop supporting Israel. "There is no moral reason why America should support the colonial and imperial state of Israel," Shabazz answered. "They have stolen land from the Palestinians, killing and murdering the Palestinians on that landÂ….In truth, the land belongs to the African, who was pushed out of Palestine, Egypt and Northern Africa."
Shabazz led chants of "death to Israel," "the white man is the devil," and "Jihad." He also said, "Kill every goddamn Zionist in Israel! Goddamn little babies, goddamn old ladies! Blow up Zionist supermarkets!"
Shabazz spoke more boldly during an April 20, 2002, NBPP demonstration in front of the B'nai B'rith building in Washington, D.C. Protestors held large posters that read: "The American Israeli White Man is the Devil" and "The State of Israel Has No Right to Exist." Shabazz led chants of "death to Israel," "the white man is the devil," and "Jihad." He also said, "Kill every goddamn Zionist in Israel! Goddamn little babies, goddamn old ladies! Blow up Zionist supermarkets!"
Shabazz's entirely race-driven concept of social justice led him, on July 18, 2002, to the courthouse for the U.S. Eastern District Court of Virginia. Following the pre-trial hearing of Zacarias Moussaoui, a French Moroccan indicted for conspiring with Osama bin Laden in the September 11 attacks, Shabazz convened a press conference to announce his interest in aiding Moussaoui's defense. A message on the NBPP Web site stated:
The New Black Panther Party has determined that Zacarias Moussaoui is a Black Man, an African. Thereby drawing the interest of the New Black Panther Party who's [sic] Ten Point Platform insists on a fair trial for Black defendants. The New Black Panther Party will certainly conduct trial advocacy and monitoring to ensure that Zacarias is not being railroded [sic] for the failings of others to prevent the catastrophic events of September 11,th"
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