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Twitter Will Not Suspend Farrakhan After Tweet Comparing Jews And Termites

Twitter is declining to remove Louis Farrakhan’s account from its site after he posted a video comparing Jews to termites,” Buzzfeed reported.

The site had previously removed his blue verification badge for earlier anti-Semitic remarks. Calls for Farrakhan’s account’s removal came again after he posted a video criticizing Jewish people and making a remark that compared them to termites.

Chelsea Clinton took Louis Farrakhan to task on Twitter Wednesday in reaction to the video, which she compared to Donald Trump referring to immigrants “infesting” the U.S.

Farrakhan, a leader of the Nation of Islam, made the remarks in a speech at a major NOI convention in Detroit of the weekend.

“To the members of the Jewish community that don’t like me, thank you very much for putting my name all over the planet because of your fear of what we represent,” Farrakhan said. “I can go anywhere in the world, and they’ve heard of Farrakhan.”

“They call me an anti-Semite. Stop it,” Farrakhan said. “I’m anti termite.”

Buzzfeed noted that Farrakhan’s tweet apparently violates Twitter’s rules against using “dehumanizing” language on the site.

The site unverified Farrakhan this summer when he tweeted a video with the caption, “Thoroughly and completely unmasking the Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan.”

Ari Feldman is a staff writer at the Forward. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @aefeldman

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