The Anti-Defamation League Tuesday condemned Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan for a speech in which the ADL said Farrakhan recommended "several notoriously anti-Semitic books."
"Farrakhan may have held his anti-Semitic views in check while on the dais, but if this is what he wants people to read, then the leopard hasn't changed his spots," said ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman in a statement released by the organization.
"Minister Farrakhan's reading list includes books that purport to expose 'the truth' about Jews and their control of the federal banking system or their role in the African slave trade.
According to the group, during an address at Ford Field in Detroit, Farrakhan recommended the following books:
The ADL said the book "argues that the history of slavery in the New World was dominated by Jewish ship owners and merchants. The book presents a multi-layered attack against the Jewish people, assaulting the integrity of the Jewish religion, the meaning of Jewish history, and the foundations of Jewish scholarship upon which the book?s own fraudulent charges are based."
According to the ADL, Mullins is an "anti-Jewish conspiracy theory propagandist," and the book "one of the key conspiracy books claiming that the banking system in the U.S. is controlled by a few elite families (most of them Jewish). It is a key text used by anti-Semites on the far right."
The ADL said the book "claims that the world is being manipulated and corrupted by Satanic powers led by Jewish elites."
The event, which was billed as a meeting aimed at improving interfaith relations, received the support of prominent Austrian-born Rabbi Arthur Schneier. However, no Jewish participants participate in it.
Schneier is a member of a group including Hip Hop entrepreneur Joseph Simmons dedicated to improve relations between Jews and African-Americans.