Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, the controversial black nationalist, led “death to America” and “death to Israel” chants in Iran this weekend, prior to the imposition of sanctions on the country implemented today, reported the Algemeiner, a New-York based newspaper covering American and international Jewish and Israel-related news.
“I understand how the enemies have plotted against the Iranian people and I would like to stay alongside you to stop their plots,” said Farrakhan, according to the outlet’s coverage, as reported by Iran’s Mehr, a “semi-official state news agency.” (Shown above are President Donald Trump and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during their meeting in Jerusalem May 22, 2017.)
The Mehr News Agency said Farrakhan met with Moshen Rezaei, the secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council, in Tehran to “demonstrate real friendship with Iran.”
He “said that the Americans have always been plotting against Iran and are seeking to create an internal enemy in Iran” and “called the United States a big liar,” according to Mehr.
Farrakhan also issued a warning during the meeting, noted Mehr.
“Today, I warn the American government that sanctioning Iran is a big mistake,” he said.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described the reimposed sanctions by the United States as “the toughest sanctions ever placed against the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
He shared that sentiment in an interview with “Face the Nation” on CBS on Sunday morning.
The notoriously anti-Semitic figure led the loathsome chant at the University of Tehran law school.
Farrakhan was reportedly speaking to students there on women’s rights in Iran when he told them America was never a democracy.
At the end of the talk, the Algemeiner explained, he led the chanting of such phrases as “death to Israel” and “death to America.” (Shown above
Video of the talk showing a smiling Farrakhan saying “death to Israel” in Farsi was shared by Twitter user Jerry Dunleavy and confirmed by New York Magazine’s Yashar Ali.
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) November 5, 2018
Can confirm https://t.co/qiQHbzlUzl
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 5, 2018
Late this summer, Farrakhan attended Aretha Franklin’s 8-hour funeral service at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan.
Standing on stage with him were former President Bill Clinton as well as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
Farrakhan most recently made news for referring to Jewish people as “termites” during a speech he gave marking the 23rd anniversary of the Million Man March — but his history of racist rhetoric is long.
On election eve in America, Farrakhan’s shameful behavior led to a situation in which the phrase “death to America” was trending on Twitter.
Response on social media was, appropriately, swift and harsh.
The reason Bill Clinton and other Democratic leaders can share a stage with this man is because, with the exception of Jake Tapper, most of the media looks the other way. If an R stood next to David Duke, the MSM’s hammering would never stop. https://t.co/0HlLalzVwQ
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) November 5, 2018
A new low for arch Jew-hater Farrakhan. Who has heard of an American going to a foreign country and chanting "Death to America?" Where is @BillClinton who appeared with him recently, and @BarackObama, photographed with him, and @corybooker to condemn him? https://t.co/A6yhSmfs5T
— Rabbi Shmuley (@RabbiShmuley) November 5, 2018
To all those who have embraced, supported or been on the same stage with Louis Farrakhan, you need to sever all ties with him immediately!
He chanted death to America. Any patriot should consider these actions treasonous. He is a terrorist. https://t.co/eh82XcibaL
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) November 5, 2018
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Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and regular contributor to LifeZette.