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ADL Calls On Obama To Denounce Farrakhan Again After Quashed Photo Emerges

Anti-Defamation League chief Jonathan Greenblatt called on former president Barack Obama to again denounce Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, following the release of a photo taken of the two of them together over a decade ago.

Obama denounced Farrakhan in 2008, when the anti-Semitic leader endorsed Obama’s presidential run.

“Over his career, @barackobama has denounced the bigotry of Farrakhan,” Greenblatt wrote in a Twitter post. “Time to do so again.”

Obama has not publicly commented about the photo, which was taken at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting in 2005, when he was a U.S. senator. The photographer claims that he was asked to suppress the photo by a Black Caucus staff member, and gave the original to a member of Farrakhan’s staff.

Farrakhan has been denounced by Jewish leaders repeatedly over the decades for anti-Semitism.

Contact Josh Nathan-Kazis at nathankazis@forward.com or on Twitter, @joshnathankazis.

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