Farrakhan Says He’s No Enemy Of White People Or Jews
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan says he is no enemy of white people or the Jews, but he claims the U.S. government has plotted to kill him, according to an interview published Thursday.
″To say that Louis Farrakhan is antisemitic is an unfair characterization of me,″ he said in an interview with The Washington Post.
Farrakhan, leader of the 10,000-member black organization who has given few interviews, has been criticized for his outspoken views, particularly about Jews and Israel. In his interview, he said his statements have been distorted by the news media.
″Louis Farrakhan is not an enemy of America, not an enemy of Jews, not an enemy of white people,″ he said.
Asked about a 1984 statement in which he was reported to have called Judiasm a ″dirty religion,″ Farrakhan said he was ″referring to the actions of the stte of Israel using God and religion as a cover for what I said was lying, stealing, murder.″
″And I said ... that Jews, some of them, practice dirty religion; some Muslems practice dirty religion; some Christians practice dirty religion, and that’s why we’re in America in the condition that we’re in,″ he said.
A city council resolution last year honoring anti-drug efforts of the Nation of Islam at a Washington housing project was criticized by Jewish groups as an implicit endorsement of Farrakhan’s views.
Farrakhan accused the government of orchestrating the assassinations of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. He said the federal government had plotted to kill him and that the CIA and other government operatives harass him both in and out of the country.
He was not specific, and said those operatives will meet the wrath of a ″higher power.″