Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan has said that the State of Israel has “no home” in the Middle East and that the Holy Land does not belong the “white Jew.”
Speaking on a Tuesday broadcast of the Cliff Kelley Show on an AM radio station in Chicago, Farrakhan said that “original black man of the earth” was the “original owner” of the Holy Land — and called modern inhabitants of that land settlers.
“Holy Land don’t belong to a white Arab or a white Jew. You are settlers on our land,” Farrakhan said at the conclusion of a nearly two-hour interview. “We are the original owners of that part of the earth and you all kicked us out and assumed our position.”
“But now God has come and we are coming to reclaim what belongs to us,” Farrakhan said.
Farrakhan and the Nation have drawn criticism from groups over the years such as Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center for comments some see as inflammatory and anti-Semitic. This past year, Farrakhan has spoken highly of President Trump in multiple interview and reportedly has a close relationship with White House staffer Omarosa Manigault.
Sam Kestenbaum is a contributing editor and former staff writer for the Forward. Before this, he worked for The New York Times and newsrooms in Sana, Ramallah and Beijing. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter at @skestenbaum and on Instagram at @skestenbaum .
Louis Farrakhan Says Israel Not ‘Home To The White Jew’