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AUDIO REPLAY: Rockford's Nation of Islam Student Minister, Yahcolyah Muhammad, speaks on the subject of separation and how it is a divine solution mandated by Allah (God)in order to bring freedom, justice and equality to the oppressed. From Abraham and Moses to Jesus and Muhammad (Peace be upon them), Brother Yahcolyah explains their missions both historically and in a modern American context.


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(Holy Qur'an 2:269).



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From The Final Call Newspaper

‘I want to introduce you to Jesus’

By Askia Muhammad and Bryan 18X Crawford

CHICAGO—It may be the most difficult job a man has ever faced: helping the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad complete his difficult task of resurrecting the mentally and spiritually dead Black man and woman in North America. Minister Louis Farrakhan explained in detail—Saviours’ Day 2019, on Feb. 17—how he was prepared for that role, in his mother’s womb, even before his birth.

“A Saviour is Born for the Whole of Humanity: No One Need Perish,” was the theme, celebrated by tens of thousands of members and guests attending the three day celebration of the birth anniversary of Master W. Fard Muhammad, the founder of the Nation of Islam in the Wilderness of North America, and the teacher of Mr. Muhammad who carried the message and built the Nation for 41 years, leaving a Divine Reminder—the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan—to show the world the way to salvation.

The new nation is being built on the Word of Allah, God Almighty, right before our eyes. “I see what is happening in America! Black people are rising and White people are watching,” Minister Farrakhan said in a four-hour-long lecture at the United Center, home of Chicago’s professional basketball and hockey teams.

“There is nobody in America like Farrakhan,” the Muslim leader explained. “I want you to listen. White people haven’t done anything that they weren’t supposed to do. The Holy Qur’an says the new ruler would create mischief and cause the shedding of blood.”

A saviour was born into the Nation of Islam in 1955, when the 464-year term Black people had spent in the “furnace of affliction” in this country—310 years of chattel slavery, and the last 154 years of lynching, Jim Crow segregation, and racial discrimination. The year 1955 was when a young, wildly popular, Calypso-style musician named Louis Walcott wrote his “Saviour’s Letter” of acceptance, and joined on with all his heart and energy to help spread Mr. Muhammad’s message.

That letter, written by all incoming members of the Nation at that time, taught Minister Farrakhan three things, he said: Observation; concentration; and submission. The letter had to be written in blue or black ink, on plain, unlined paper, with every single “i” dotted and every single “t” crossed, with no erasures, or mistakes, before anyone was admitted into the ranks.

“I want to introduce you to Jesus. He came to save us from our sins. The Hon. Elijah Muhammad added to that Bible reference, ‘save you from the sins of White people.’ ”

Indeed, the Muslim leader explained, “They made us into themselves.”

“I represent a universal Saviour to all the White people,” Minister Farrakhan explained. “I represent that Messiah. I am that Jesus. I have offered my life. Here I am!” But the miracle of the resurrection of the Black Nation in this country was not to come without major opposition. “Jews are obsessed with me,” Minister Farrakhan said. “I’ve been working 64 years on the ‘Black Problem.’ I never had any need to talk to White people,” and Whites, after their anti-Muslim campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s led to the increase in Mr. Muhammad’s fame and popularity, were mostly silent about the Nation of Islam until the 1984 presidential campaign of the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Minister Farrakhan has withstood the battering and countless condemnations of his good work. The enemy and Jewish groups and publications, in particular, have chosen in recent years to condemn and punish those outside the Nation who have associated with the Minister, demanding that they denounce him or distance themselves from him.

But contrary to corporate media interpretation, Minister Farrakhan explained that he is not a hater of any people because of the race, their religion, their gender, or even their sexual preference.

“The name ‘Jew’ is a divine name,” the Minister said, referring to the Bible’s book of Revelations. “Real Jews do good.” But others “are using the name ‘Jew’ to hide themselves. Some Jewish people think so much of themselves,” until they will not let anyone else use the term “holocaust” to describe their own suffering

“Why do you think that I call them out and they don’t show up?” Minister Farrakhan asked rhetorically, then explaining that their charges of “anti-Semitism” are wrong and unjust, because the Ashkenazi, Caucasians who call themselves Jews, are not truly Semitic people, as are the Arabs, Hebrews, and Arameans, who originated in the Holy Land, Palestine. “They are European White people.”

“These are not the true Jews! These are Ashkenazis who use the Talmud (which was written by rabbis), and not the Torah, the revealed Word of God.”

Even sharecropping “can be traced to the Talmud,” he said.

“Israel sees the Black man as a problem,” the Minister said, referring to statements by a high level Israeli figure who complained that Black youth, and young activists in movements like Black Lives Matter with sensitivity to suffering Palestinians, are a threat to Zionist interests. “Israel, you are making a very big mistake, and you are hastening your doom. You leave my Black brothers and sisters alone, because you fear what they are going to become, if they listen to Farrakhan.”

Despite a thunderous chorus of Jewish, and White conservative condemnation, there were several White and Black Christian Friends of Farrakhan who were present—such as Father Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Parish in Chicago, Chicago Pastors T.L. Barrett and the Rev. Al Sampson and the Rev. Willie Wilson from Washington, D.C.

“No other religion teaches anything like the rabbis of the Talmud teach so savagely and pornographically about the Messiah of Israel,” Michael A. Hoffman, who spoke during the program to the thousands assembled. “The best friend of the Jews, on this Earth, is the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.”

“There is no denying that the Babylonian Talmud was the first source to read a Negrophobic content into the episode, stressing Canaan’s fraternal connections with Cush … The Talmudic glosses of the episode added to the stigma of Blackness to the fate of enslavement that Noah predicted for Ham’s progeny…” His source was “The Ebb and Flow of Conflict: A History of Black Jewish Relations Through 1900.”

Among the many honors and gifts given Min. Farrakhan because of his work by religious leaders around the world was an engraved platter from Rabbi Shlomo Mordecai Hager. He was the leader of one of the nation’s largest Hasidic (ultra-Orthodox) sects in New York State, until he passed in March 2018.

Rabbi Hager presented the Minister with a silver platter which reads: “To the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan: You are the Messiah of the world and to every human who wants to be civilized. Your friend and admirer from Rabbi Shlomo Mordecai Hager.”

The Grand Mufti of Burkina Faso gave Minister Farrakhan his fez, which coincidentally fit the Minister’s head perfectly. The Sheikh of Sheikhs, sha jaar’ah, which means courage, gave the Muslim leader his cloak and his staff during an international tour. The highly respected Islamic scholar and leader Abunah Sheikh Muhammad Ahmed Al-Mahi met the Minister in the Middle East, saying he prays for the Minister 500 times a day.

In Nigeria, Minister Farrakhan was feted by the Emir of Kano, the leader of that country’s Muslim population, with an honorary “Durba,” a ceremony in which soldiers on horseback charge at full speed, spears raised as if to attack, toward the reviewing stand, stopping short, and bowing to the honored guest. Such a large ritual as the one for Minister Farrakhan has only been performed nine times in the last century, for the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Winston Churchill, among them.

Minister Farrakhan left the audience with a joyous moment as Don Enoch Muhammad, a member of the Fruit of Islam and Omega Psi Phi fraternity, draped in a special fraternity “Founder’s Robe,” which he was given as a show of honor in 2017. Previously he was honored by the Chicago metro-area chapters of Omega Psi.

Min. Farrakhan was recently inducted into full membership in the fraternity, complete with a fraternity sweater and ring reserved for a national president, more than 60 years after he was unfairly “blackballed” from initiation at Winston-Salem State University. The induction into the fraternity was a special honor because it comes from Black people, he said. And, he added, Omega is the last letter of the alphabet and you can’t write a sentence with one letter. He called from Black fraternities and sororities to come together to tell the story of Black people.

Min. Farrakhan also reflected on the impact Malcolm X had on his development as a new, young Muslim in the Nation of Islam. The Minister explained how Malcolm took him under his wing and personally petitioned on his behalf to become a minister in the Nation, setting him on the path—unbeknownst to him—to becoming the man he is today: a deliverer of truth, a warner to the people, and ultimately, the door to salvation for those looking to fully submit their lives to the will of God. The Minister used his own personal experiences to illustrate how anyone, regardless of their background or where they are in their lives, they too can grow into a god. However, Min. Farrakhan, before getting into the meat of his lecture, told the audience, “If I touch you, it’s because God wanted me to.”

One of the main tools used by the oppressor to destroy Blacks has been indoctrination into their created religion of false Christianity. The worst deception ever committed by White people was robbing Black people of their cultural religious expression and replacing it with a version that made them docile, subservient and fearful of their oppressor, said the Minister.

Black people in America were victims of their own “faith” from being made to worship a White Jesus and by extension, White people, he explained.

“Satan made Jesus White and then falsified his teachings,” Min. Farrakhan said. “Twenty-five percent of the Bible is history, 75 percent is prophecy. The enemy took prophecy and made it history, and made history, prophecy.”

The Minister, in his address, also continued exposing Talmudic Jews, picking up on a theme shared during his Saviour’s Day 2018 message. The words of Min. Farrakhan last year created a great deal of uproar and backlash from the Jewish community that still rages today. However, never one to back down, Min. Farrakhan boldly shed even more light on the many ways the Jews have corrupted American politics and jurisprudence, as part of their conspiracy to subvert the rise of Black people in America.

Still, in a time when saying anything against Jews is treated almost like a criminal offense, Min. Farrakhan boldly stated that the Talmud, its influence on the Supreme Court and the U.S. Justice Department, as well as its attitude toward women, should all be challenged.

Speaking on women, Min. Farrakhan shared his pride at the rise of women on the sociopolitical front. The Minister spoke of the 102 women who were elected to Congress in the last election, a watershed moment in American history akin to the election of 17 Black, female judges in Harris County, Texas. But the Minister’s strongest words in support of women came in his defense of Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour, two of the principal organizers of the Women’s March movement. Ms. Mallory, a longtime social justice advocate, came under fire for her relationship with Min. Farrakhan and her attendance during Saviours’ Day 2018.

Min. Farrakhan spoke to the conspiracy to pressure both Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour, to step down from their Women’s March leadership posts.

“The wicked Jews want to use me to break up the women’s movement,” the Minister said. “Tamika [Mallory], Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez, our sister with the #MeToo movement, Black Lives Matter, the women shook the world the day after President Trump was inaugurated. The women organized and all over the world, women rose up. When women rise, change is going to come. So, when they saw that Tamika helped that come about, they came after her.”

The Minister also addressed the recent controversy surrounding Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American, Muslim woman recently elected to Congress. She is currently serving as a U.S. representative in the state of Minnesota’s 5th District. Mrs. Omar came under fire recently over a tweet criticizing AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), a pro-Israel political lobbying group that helps shape policy in Congress, and the executive branch of this country. Rep. Omar was forced to recant her statement and offer an apology, but Min. Farrakhan said, “My beautiful sisters [in Congress]; you were sent there to shake that house up,” before addressing the controversy surrounding Rep. Omar, saying, “She has nothing to apologize for. Israel and AIPAC pay off senators and members of Congress to do their bidding.”

On Donald Trump, Min. Farrakhan said, “Trump tells more lies that can be told. But he is there for a purpose … He’s breaking up every pillar of democracy, because there wasn’t no damn democracy from the beginning. It needs to be broken up.” However, he warned meddling in the affairs of Venezuela and fomenting war in Iran and other conflicts would usher in America’s doom.

In another moment, the Minister segued into the boldest, most poignant part of his more than four-hour lecture.

For many years, Min. Farrakhan has often told the story of how Elijah Muhammed told him that he was spoken of in the Bible. In his humility, the Minister has always downplayed the words of his teacher, choosing to exalt himself no higher than the position of brother to his own followers, as well as to those who stand by him and support his efforts the past 64 years. But during Saviours’ Day as the backdrop, Min. Farrakhan, for the first time, seemed to publicly embrace and acknowledge who the scriptures, and Elijah Muhammad, said he is: The Messiah.

“I have never made myself of any great reputation among my brethren. I walk among you humbly because that’s who I am. But I say to those who want their souls restored, who are on that casting couch, to all the women that have been abused, to all the boys, the men that have been abused in prison life, and abused by members of their family, I represent a saviour. A universal saviour … . I represent the Messiah. I represent the Jesus, and I am that Jesus,” Min. Farrakhan said, adding, “I’m the man that’s written in your scriptures that Jesus argued with [the Jews] about. I wasn’t auditioning for the role of Jesus. I didn’t know nothing about the play. I just started working and my teacher kept calling on me. Now I find out that the cross is for me. Now I find out that they’re holding me up right now. The cross is a symbol the Romans used to crucify people to make them a public spectacle. Well, here I am.”

A message like that could be hard for some to embrace, and even harder for people to accept. But it was a message easily embraced by many who came to hear him.

“The Minister’s words were very powerful and informative. As someone who’s in the process of awakening, I think Black people all over the world need to hear this message today,” Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson, the uncle of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by transit police in Oakland on New Year’s Day, 2009. “Min. Farrakhan is our Black leader. It’s important for us to understand that, as well as understand how White supremacy has always tried to deter us from acknowledging who our real leader is and standing behind him. That’s really important.”

Rizza Islam, a young Muslim in the Nation of Islam with a strong presence and following on social media based on his videos, was overwhelmed by the powerful lecture Min. Farrakhan gave.

“The Minister’s messages are always right on time. But this one in particular, especially for us, the youth, was 100 percent accurate because he made the official call out to the youth, whether they’re from the street, or on a college campus, to come together and get the work we have to do, moving forward,” Rizza Islam told The Final Call. And on the Minister publicly stating that he is a Messianic figure written and spoken of, both in scripture and prophecy, Rizza Islam said, “It feels so good for him to really understand who he is because he’s been standing back from it for quite some time. He understands that he is fulfilling prophecy and we’ve all been watching it happen.”

Pastor Tim Rogers of the Hope Church in Brownsville, Arkansas found the Minister’s keynote to be enlightening, and he was honored to be a witness of it. “I love when the Minister talks about the historical Jesus. What really stood out to me today was him talking about the Honorable Elijah Muhammad telling him that God had went before him to make friends all over the world and there was going to take time for him to actually meet those friends,” he said.


Anisah Muhammad contributed to this report.


The Aim of This World? Kill The Messenger of God

By The Final Call |




Unrelenting attacks on the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan have continued and moved again into Congress under the guise of an anti-hate resolution. It is insulting and beyond ironic that a man who repairs and uplifts those damaged and destroyed by hatred has become the target of such blatant and vicious lies.

But, it’s not an unexpected travesty for a nation steeped in falsehood and experiencing a revived sense of White victimhood and emboldened bigotry. Pushing the anti-Farrakhan and the anti-Black agenda are Jewish groups. A resolution was introduced Jan. 23 by House members Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), one of two Jewish Republicans in Congress, co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, and member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, joined by Representatives Ted Budd (R-N.C.), Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) “rejecting anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred in the United States and around the world, which is becoming more widely embraced and accepted within American politics and the halls of Congress.”

The resolution leads with three false allusions to Min. Farrakhan. It would have you think that the Minister is the leading threat to the Zionist state and Jewish people. But the Minister has no record of hating nor injuring Jewish people. In 85 years of life and over 60 years of public life, he has never called for harming one Jewish person, Jewish enterprise or Jewish interest. Not one of his followers has attacked one Jewish person nor deprived one Jewish person of their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

What is the end game?

We believe that Black people are the choice of God today. We fulfill the prophecy of Abraham’s seed going into bondage under a strange people in a strange land, until the coming of God Himself to deliver that people. After the brutality, murder, slavery, suffering, death and torture we have endured and still endure, one would be hard-pressed to find a more fitting candidate.

So in that light, the aim of this world, as the Minister has taught us, is to kill the messenger of God. Min. Farrakhan occupies that position today as a modern Aaron who is a helper to the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, the Modern Moses.

The campaign begins as the Holy Qur’an describes, they attempt to put out the light of Allah with their mouths—slander, untruths, fabrications. It ends with the biblical crucifixion of Jesus, an attempt to take his physical life.

Given this country’s history and bloody hands at home and abroad, you would be foolish to think that the last man standing, as former Black Panther Party leader and Black liberation stalwart Elaine Brown observed, is not the target of such plots. Some have openly asked on social media and in newspaper articles why the Minister is not dead and spoken of their desire that his life end. Jewish leaders and publications have declared the Minister should not be welcome anywhere and condemn anyone who dares come hear him. So the plot is to isolate him, defame him, perhaps secretly detain him—as we have watched the steady erosion of personal freedoms in this country—and destroy him.

The Senate censured this man 97-0 in 1994.

Today a new resolution tries to frame him as a leading threat to Jewish people. He is no such threat. But these members of the Synagogue of Satan, which includes their likeminded Gentile brethren, understand his shedding light on their evil means the end of their power and their world. It means an end to the Ten Percent who suck the blood of the poor all over the earth. These Satanic Ones delight in war, reap its bloody benefits, commandeer natural resources, destroy nations and prop up despots who do their bidding.

“As a revolutionary, the life of Jesus, as recorded in the Gospels is a wonderful example to study. Every Black leader of consequence has been crucified and has knowingly or unknowingly followed in the footsteps of Jesus,” wrote the Minister in “The Aim of the Enemy,” an article posted online by The Final Call in May, 2000.

“We must remember that no Black man who has become international in terms of unifying the Black struggle in America with the struggle of Blacks throughout the world has ever been loved by the Government of the United States. … Paul Robeson, W.E.B. Dubois, Marcus Garvey, Adam Clayton Powell, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad all had global respect and ties, and, each one during his life time was turned on by his own people by the mischief of the media and did not live to see the acclaim that would ultimately come to them. When it appeared that these leaders were no longer a threat to the aims or objectives of the United States Government, the purposeful revision of the goals and objectives of these great men, thus, destroying their ideas among the people is what allowed the enemies to sanitize them, exalt their names and their faces because the public would no longer be familiar with the ideas of these men that made them a target of the American establishment.”

There is no segment of Black America that has not been touched in some way by the good work and wisdom of Min. Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. Would we cower in the face of lies and accusations? Would we reject a true servant and friend to embrace an enemy? Would we desert a man whose only crime is loving us and having a willingness to speak bold truth to our oppressors? Such betrayal would earn us hell fire we would richly deserve. It is the time of our rise. Would we choose to be willing slaves?

From The Final Call Newspaper


‘I was kidnapped ... You can be made to disappear very easily’

BY ASKIA MUHAMMAD AND RICHARD B. MUHAMMAD


WASHINGTON—Even though she was never charged with a crime, U.S. born Iranian TV journalist Marzieh Hashemi was detained, often shackled by federal authorities for 10 days because, she insists, the U.S. government wants to intimidate her and those who would support her.



With U.S. Capitol in background hundreds of supporters of detained Iranian journalist march in front of courthouse where she testified. Photos: Askia Muhammad


Ms. Hashemi was released from federal custody, but she remains defiant, urging her supporters to fight on—and challenge American wrongdoing.

A news anchor for Iran’s English-language Press TV, she had been held in jail to force her to testify before a federal grand jury in Washington.

“As you know, I made the call for everyone to continue to come out today even though I gained my freedom a couple of days ago and the reason was and is as I’ve been saying in various interviews, is that this is not about (U.S. officials getting) harsh on me. This is the U.S. government and thinking that they can do this to anyone at any time without facing any ramifications,” Ms. Hashemi told 200 supporters Jan. 25 at a rally outside the courtroom where she testified. She had been released from federal custody two days earlier.






“Make no mistake. They can call it whatever they want to call it, but I was kidnapped,” Ms. Hashemi said, describing her arrest. That arrest, she said is linked to her tireless reporting about racial and anti-Islamic bias throughout U.S. society. She remained steadfast. “We will not be intimidated. We will not back off the truth, no matter the price,” she said to a broad band of supporters. Other support rallies were held in Iran, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and in New York and other cities in the United States and around the globe.


Journalists for foreign, state-run media should be concerned, she warned, about what she described as an attempt by the U.S. government to intimidate her news outlet because it airs opposing views.

She was taken into custody at the St. Louis airport on Jan. 13, and then transported by the FBI to Washington. After initial news reports by Iranian media, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies declined to confirm the arrest for several days.

Finally, the U.S. government, in a court order unsealed Jan. 18, confirmed it was holding Ms. Hashemi (who was referred to by her birth name Melanie Franklin in the court filing) pending testimony in a sealed criminal matter, and that she was not accused of any crime. She was arrested under a material-witness warrant.



Demonstrators protest detention of Iranian journalist Marzieh Hashemi by federal authorities. Photos: Askia Muhammad.


“It’s their hatred of her. She’s the Ida B. Wells for the 21st century,” Dr. Randy Short, a researcher with Ms. Hashemi on her ongoing “Black Lives Matter” documentary series, said in an interview. “She’s a proud Black, Muslim woman. She tells the truth. She has a compassion for the Islamic Republic of Iran because it inspired her when she was in college.”

During the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s visit to Iran last November, Ms. Hashemi interviewed him about his impressions about Iran, how he was received in the Islamic Republic, the Black struggle for justice in America, U.S. power and influence and other subjects.

They talked about the failures of the American government to deliver on its promises to Black people. In answer to her question, Min. Farrakhan said Black suffering in America has proved Whites are disagreeable to live with in peace and Blacks must have a nation of their own.

Blacks suffer from tainted water in Flint, Mich., and other places and these conditions are part of a “genocidal plot” against Black people, said Min. Farrakhan.
“Every glimmer of hope has brought us nothing,” he said.

“Trump seems to relish the evil that he says and the evil that he does, but today, that man walked out from behind the podium … They’re very antagonistic to him and now that they have put the Democrats in power in the House of Representatives, there is no telling where this thing is going to go in the next couple years,” Min. Farrakhan said.

Min. Farrakhan also said he was honored to sit with Ms. Hashemi, saying her role with Press TV was important. “Our people in America would be moved to hear you, to see you, because though you live in Iran you are very up to date with everything that is happening to your people back in America. And you have wisdom, you are not somebody who sees and doesn’t know,” he said.

Groups condemn arrest, denial of rights

Ms. Hashemi is a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who has worked in Iran for about 25 years, who is married to an Iranian man, and who is a mother and a grandmother. She was in the United States to visit an ailing brother and to complete a documentary on the Black Lives Matter movement when she was detained. She has become an internationally recognized journalist on Press TV, an outlet that—like the British Broadcasting Corporation in the United Kingdom—receives most of its support from the Iranian government.

The anti-war group March On the Pentagon said, “Aron Trainin, the Soviet legal scholar whose work helped serve as a basis for the Nuremberg Charter, said that ‘crimes against peace’ included ‘acts of aggression’ and ‘propaganda of aggression.’ It is in that context that we view the FBI’s illegal seizure and holding of truth-telling journalist Marzieh Hashemi, a Black American grandmother who is a world-renowned news anchor for PressTV.

“Hashemi’s reporting has exposed the illegal war-making of the United States government in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Ukraine, among other places.”






The group condemned her arrest as “intended to discourage truthful reporting on American war crimes, another Nuremberg-level offense by Washington” and demanded “a statement clearing her of all wrongdoing and apologizing for this grotesque act of harassment.”

The National Writers Union added, “She was not served with a subpoena nor did she refuse to testify in a criminal proceeding. … As a journalist for an Iranian news outlet, the union believes she is likely the victim of escalating attacks on Iran by the Trump administration. She is also yet another target of Trump’s disdain and constant offensive on journalists.”

“Her abduction reflects all the worst of this administration’s racist, misogynist, anti-Muslim, anti-journalism tendencies. We also cannot condone the silence of the corporate media on this matter—the same media that gave Trump tens of millions of dollars of free campaign publicity and continues to promote his every word. It is ironic that the same mainstream media that cried out in horror over the abduction and murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, or the banning of CNN’s Jim Acosta from White House press briefings, are largely silent about the government’s kidnapping of a Black woman who is also a Muslim and a U.S. citizen,” said the group.

Antiwar.com complained, “Officially she was kept in prison as a ‘material witness.’ … Broadly there is still no information from the U.S. government about what happened. Hashemi was in court on at least three occasions, but it is as yet unclear what, if anything, was discussed therein, and the Justice Department has in the past overtly abused the material witness law as a way to detain people when they lack any legal basis for doing so.”

“It seems that this had to do with Iran and it seems that it’s part of intimidation of people who work with Iran,” Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace said in an interview. “There was no reason to keep her in prison, to have her be a material witness. She just could have been asked to appear and she would have appeared. So keeping her locked up for the time that they did and having her appear three different times. It seems like that was a form of intimidation.



Supporters of Marzieh Hashemi, an American-born anchor for Iran's state television broadcaster, demonstrate outside the Federal Courthouse where Hashemi appeared before a U.S. grand jury Jan. 23 in Washington. She was in custody as a material witness. Photo: AP Photo/Cliff Owen


“I was really impressed the way a broad community came together to support her,” Ms. Benjamin continued. “It was a community that included the Muslim community; many people in the peace community; folks in the Black community because she had been involved in doing videos and work around Black Lives Matter. And so, it was a pretty widespread group that came together and said, ‘We demand answers,’ and put in calls to the Justice Department and State Department.

“And what’s interesting is that the protests continued, even after she was released, people could have easily said: ‘Okay, it’s done. She’s out. Let’s be happy, go home and celebrate.’ But instead they said: ‘No, we want you to not only do protests here in D.C., but all over the country.’

“She is lucky because she has all of you,” Ms. Benjamin continued. “There are so many other people in the Black and Muslim community that are harassed and imprisoned that we don’t hear about. And let’s keep this going; make it much broader mobilizing to be a support system for the other people whose voices we don’t hear.”

The Nation of Islam has been steadfast in defense of Ms. Hashemi, and in support of the Islamic Republic, according to A. Akbar Muhammad, international representative of Minister Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. “In 1979 Minister Farrakhan put Ayatollah Khomeini’s remarks in The Final Call newspaper. In January 1996, Minister Farrakhan was the first outsider to address the national celebration of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran,” Mr. Muhammad said in an interview.

“Anybody that has anything to do with Iran is really in the crosshairs of the Trump administration right now,” said Ms. Benjamin.


Despite difficult ordeal, a vow to keep fighting

When this ordeal began, for two days, Ms. Hashemi’s family had no information on what had happened to her. When she was finally allowed to communicate with her children, they were shocked to learn that she had “been disappeared” by the FBI and moved to a detention center in Washington, D.C., where she was subjected to degrading treatment, including the forcible confiscation of her hijab (headscarf), constant surveillance, disrespecting her Islamic diet, and not informing her as to why she was being detained.



Marzieh Hashemi is an American-born Iranian journalist and televi- sion presenter. Photo: MGN Online


Reuters cited an unnamed U.S. federal source, which said Press TV is being investigated as an Iranian “propaganda outlet.”

“I was kidnapped, make no mistake, it can be called whatever they want to call it, but I was kidnapped from the St. Louis Airport,” Ms. Hashemi told the rally. “Fortunately my son Razah was with me. Otherwise, who knows what could have happened? You can disappear. You can be made to disappear very easily and the case can be sealed and so there’s no way that you can find out because of national security.

“I want them to know and I thank all of you also, that we cannot be intimidated, that we will not back off from the truth, no matter the price, no matter the price.

“I don’t know how long we’re going to tolerate this kind of injustice. They can say that it is legal, but I know all freedom loving people around the world know that illegally detaining, I will say kidnapping, transferring, shackling, imprisoning, taking off my headscarf and so many other things. They can call it legal but we know that it is not legal.

“We have one life to live, so make it count. I will give it all I have. I will one day die. We all will die. So make sure that your life counts for something. Stand up for the oppressed. Stand up for your people.

“So if I’m not charged with a crime, then God help those who are charged with crimes, brothers and sisters. The reason why I wanted these demonstrations to continue today is because what happens to the average Joe, Ali, on the street who doesn’t have money?

“So you can either deal with it and resist, or you can acquiesce and cave in because of fear, but I’m going to tell you something at the end of the day, if you fear, if you don’t speak out, if you don’t do anything about it, it will get worse and worse and worse.

“Come on back down. You can come pick me up. Pick me up again right now and take me to jail. Someone can take me out, but I am telling you and I promise that I will make my last stand against oppression!” she declared.