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ADL: Farrakhan Cements Status as 'Pied Piper of Bigotry' with 9/11 Accusations

The Anti-Defamation League said Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan cemented his status as the "leading anti-Semite in America" this week with a speech blaming Jews for 9/11.

Farrakhan was speaking at his group's Saviours' Day conference on Sunday when he declared that "an Israeli film crew dressed as Arabs were filming the Twin Towers before the first plane went in."

In fact, he said, the terrorist attacks were "not committed by Arabs or Muslims at all.”

“It is now becoming apparent that there were many Israelis and Zionist Jews in the key roles of the 9/11 attacks,” Farrakhan said. “If they can prove me wrong, I’ll pay with my life, since they want to kill me anyway. Prove me wrong. We’re dealing with thieves and liars and murderers.”

“...We know that many Jews received a text message not to come to work on September 11th. Who sent that message that kept them from showing up? "

He also faulted the U.S. government for not investigating "what these scholars and scientists have uncovered about 9/11 and who was really behind it."

"It now appears that 9/11 was a false flag operation, which is an attack by one country but made to appear like that attack came from another in order to start a war between them. Is this what friendship is?"

The ADL keeps an ever-expanding dossier of Farrakhan's anti-Semitic rants, which have included blaming Jews for slavery.

“Farrakhan is the pied piper of bigotry. No one perhaps since Father Coughlin has been able to so use and abuse his status as a religious leader with a large audience to obsessively harp on about perceived Jewish power and influence,” ADL National Director Abe Foxman said in a statement. “At a time when anti-Semitic attitudes in America are at historic lows, Farrakhan’s unabashed promotion of anti-Semitism is a throwback to the intolerance of another era.”

Still, “unlike most fringe anti-Semites, Farrakhan still has a significant following who not only listen raptly, but who cheer him on with every new insult," Foxman added.

Farrakhan also tweeted this week that he wants "all Black soldiers in the U.S. Armed Forces to come home, unite & fight for our own lives."