Louis Farrakhan
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Ticketmaster came under fire on Friday after it was revealed that it was selling tickets to the Nation of Islam’s annual “Saviors’ Day” event.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), upon learning of Ticketmaster’s involvement with the Nation of Islam event, penned a letter to the company’s CEO Michael Rapino expressing its misgivings, the Algemeiner reported.

The ADL has in the past detailed the antisemitic rhetoric in speeches given at the events. During the 2018 summit, speakers claimed the Jews controlled the media and called Jews the “Synagogue of Satan” and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan claimed he wasn’t “an antisemite, but rather a truth teller, adding that the ‘powerful’ Jews are my enemy.”

According to the ADL, during the 2022 event, “Farrakhan again injected antisemitism into his address, claiming that Jews are the enemy of Jesus and promoting antisemitic tropes about Jewish control.” He also said: “The enemies of Jesus were Jews…They turned away from G-d and used the skill and wisdom that G-d gave them to trick people into sin. Now, Satan has to be exposed. The liar has to be exposed.”

In their letter to Rapino, the ADL included examples of Farrakhan’s antisemitic statements at past Saviors’ Days.

ADL CEO Greenblatt stressed in the letter than Farrakhan’s antisemitic speeches have been going on during the event for decades, such as in 1996 when he referred to Jews as “wicked deceivers of the American people” and went on to say, “You have sucked their blood…You are the synagogue of Satan, and you have wrapped your tentacles around the US government, and you are deceiving and sending this nation to hell.”

Greenblatt explained that the ADL wasn’t “requesting any particular action from your company as it relates to your commercial activities” but added that “we would like to make you aware of Farrakhan’s past behavior and statements in relation to multiple protected categories of individuals, including people of the Jewish faith.”

The ADL head also called on Rapino to “note that the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviors’ Day event regularly serves as a platform to amplify this hate and bigotry, not only from Farrakhan, but from extremists and conspiracy theorists who are often invited as guest speakers, including prominent Holocaust deniers and leading voices in the 9/11 ‘truther’ movement.”

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