Far­rakhan de­nies lead­ing anti-Amer­i­can chants

In­sists he only said ‘death to’ in Farsi lan­guage

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY VA­LERIE RICHARD­SON

He said “death to,” and the Ira­nian au­di­ence re­sponded with “Amer­ica” and “Is­rael,” but Na­tion of Is­lam min­is­ter Louis Far­rakhan in­sists he never led chants of “death to Amer­ica.”

Mr. Far­rakhan de­scribed as “wrong and shame­ful” in­ter­na­tional me­dia re­ports that he led anti-Amer­i­can and anti-Is­rael chants last week­end dur­ing his on­go­ing sol­i­dar­ity tour of Iran, which was timed to the reim­pos­ing of U.S. eco­nomic sanc­tions.

“I never led a chant that called for the death of Amer­ica or Is­rael, con­trary to mis­re­port­ing in U.S., Bri­tish and Jewish pub­li­ca­tions and the in­ten­tional, ma­li­cious and false rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of my words,” Mr. Far­rakhan said in a state­ment posted Thurs­day.

The first “death to Amer­ica” news dis­patch came from Ira­nian state tele­vi­sion, part of a Tehran me­dia blitz show­cas­ing Mr. Far­rakhan’s take­downs of U.S. for­eign pol­icy as the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion moves to leave the 2015 nu­clear deal bro­kered by Pres­i­dent Obama.

Mr. Far­rakhan drew more head­lines Thurs­day by com­par­ing Pres­i­dent Trump to Satan and warn­ing him not

Louis Far­rakhan

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