Following are excerpts from an interview with Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam. The interview aired on Al-Jazeera English on September 13, 2010.
Louis Farrakhan: Under President Barack Obama, there is the FBI that has been planting agents in mosques around the country, stimulating those who are hateful of Israel, hateful of Jewish people, inspiring them to acts of terror, and then capturing them and putting that on television, as though this is the norm in mosques throughout this country.
Louis Farrakhan: There have been Jews and Muslims and Christians living together in the Middle East for hundreds of years, and they have not killed each other. This is a recent phenomenon by Europeans who accepted Judaism, and then used their view of this Holy Land as theirs. And since in 1948, the United Nations — mainly European countries, with only Ethiopia representing the black Africa — giving Israel a home in Palestine… So now you have Europeans coming into Palestine… They are not Semitic. They are Europeans.
In Israel, they are persecuting the Semitic Jews, who have been there for thousands of years. They are persecuting the Falasha – the Ethiopian Jews. In fact, just about a month ago, I read that some European Jews did not want darker-skinned Jews to go to school with them. This is not Judaism. This is racism masquerading under the name of Judaism.
Louis Farrakhan: I put this before the world: Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader of Afghanistan, said to President George W. Bush while Osama Bin Laden was living in Afghanistan: "Show me the proof that this man is guilty of this heinous act, and I will turn him over to you." What proof have we heard from these wicked deceivers that, in fact, it was Osama Bin Laden? As Muslims, we should force them to show us the proof.
Interviewer: I am sorry to have to stop you, there is much more I’d like to discuss but we are out of time. Minister Farrakhan, thank you very much for being on the show.
Louis Farrakhan: We are out of time?
Interviewer: Yes, sir, I am sorry.
Louis Farrakhan: The world is too.