ASW brings you the latest updates from around the world:
USA: The Washington Post reports Farrakhan told churchgoers on Sunday that Israelis and “Zionist Jews” played key roles in the September 11, 2001, terror attacks that left nearly 3,000 people dead.
“We now know that the crime they say is at the root of terrorism was not committed by Arabs or Muslims at all,” the Nation of Islam leader said in Chicago.
“It is now becoming apparent that there were many Israelis and Zionist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks,” Mr. Farrakhan said. “Now look, if they can prove me wrong, like I said, I’ll pay with my life. Since they want to kill me anyway.”
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a Jewish NGO that fights against anti-Semitism, said Mr. Farrakhan’s latest speech “reaffirms his status as the leading anti-Semite in America.”
Pakistan: The self-declared last Jew in Pakistan, Fishel Benkhald, was savagely beaten by a Muslim mob Wednesday – and then arrested and roughed up again by police.
Reported in Arutz Sheva, Benkhald – the son of a Muslim father and a Jewish mother, but who identifies as Jewish – told how he had agreed to a face-to-face debate with a Muslim Pakistani man after a discussion on the topic of minority rights on Twitter.
“I went there alone but he was with his friends, we started the debate in a normal discussion manner but soon it got heated up and cursing started.”
“They started punching me and when I fell they started kicking my head. Someone also tried to snatch away my mobile.”
At that point police arrived, but instead of arresting his attackers, they detained Benkhald.
Blindfolded and cuffed, he was then handed over to Pakistan’s Rangers paramilitary force, who continued questioning him about his ethnic origins, and going through his social media pages after demanding his passwords.
“They beat me, but not much,” claims Benkhald, and accused him of being a spy for either Israel, the US or India.
Eventually he was released after his brother intervened and bailed him out. the ordeal left Benkhald with a swollen eye and bruising.
England: Stamford Hill residents have shown their support to back a campaign led by Hackney Unites to tackle an upcoming rally that is set to target the area’s Jewish population.
The campaign ‘We Choose HOPE’ responds to a proposed anti-Semitic rally, which is set to take place on March 22 and is organised by Joshua Bonehill-Paine, a far-right nationalist based in Somerset.
Bonehill-Paine has since been arrested and his bail conditions prevent him from coming to London, although it’s suspected many anti-Semites will still join the march.
John Page is leading the campaign to eradicate hate crimes from the borough. He said: “[Bonehill-Paine] expresses hatred for all ethnic minorities.” “Bonehill-Paine’s objective is to create tension between communities. However, it is evident that he has absolutely no support whatsoever in Hackney.”
Residents have begun taking pictures of themselves with friends or neighbours holding the slogan, “We choose HOPE” which they posted on social media.
“We know that Bonehill and his like want to create confrontation and division, and we felt we wanted to respond with a show of unity,” said Page.
Hackney Unites is a community coalition for social justice who work with communities across the borough that are creating positive change in their areas.