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Contradicting His Iranian Hosts, Antisemite Louis Farrakhan Denies Leading ‘Death to America’ Chant in Tehran

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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan addressing the organization’s national convention in 2017. Photo: Reuters / Rebecca Cook.

Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam (NoI), on Wednesday angrily denied that he had led chants of “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” during a visit to Iran last week — despite claims to the contrary from his Iranian regime hosts.

Farrakhan claimed in a statement released on Wednesday that he had asked students attending his speech at Tehran University on Sunday “a question about how to pronounce the chant in Farsi…and an examination of the video shows just that.”

However, according to a flattering report of the speech carried by the Iranian regime’s Tasnim News Agency, “Iranian state TV released a video of [Farrakhan’s] remarks addressing students at the University of Tehran, in which he led the ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’ slogans.”

Farrakhan flatly contradicted his hosts’ claim. “I never led a chant that called for the death of America or Israel, contrary to misreporting in US, British and Jewish publications and the intentional, malicious and false reinterpretation of my words,” the NoI chief said.

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Nonetheless, Farrakhan’s rambling, lengthy statement was clear that he regarded Iran as a superior society to the US.

“If Iran is moving as a nation to obey God’s law, to respect and educate women and to pursue righteousness, she is on a right course,” Farrakhan declared. “And, if America has violated the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for the indigenous people and destroyed them, and if she has done the same for the Black and the Poor, America has not only violated Constitutional principles, she has disobeyed divine law and stands to be judged by God for her wrongdoing.”

Farrakhan continued: “Satan seeks to divide Muslims and wants them to kill each other…The United States, a sin-sick nation, needs a healing and Allah God is offering a healing today provided that His guidance is followed and his warning is heard.”

In a Jew-baiting career that has spanned six decades, Farrakhan has frequently denounced Jews as the offspring of “Satan” — a smear echoed by Robert Bowers, the neo-Nazi gunman who murdered 11 Jewish worshipers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue on Oct. 27. Two weeks before that atrocity, Farrakhan denounced Jews as “termites” in a post of Twitter — a statement reminiscent of the Nazi portrait of Jews as subhuman.

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