Many extremist groups have seized on the COVID-19 pandemic to gain favor among their followers, but also to peddle hate. The Nation of Islam (NOI) is no exception to that trend and as the world begins the distribution of a vaccine, their misinformation campaigns have kicked into full gear.
Recently, senior NOI official Ishmael Muhammad told followers that the flu shot given to Jews was less harmful than the version given to non-Jews, when speaking on December 6, according to video footage obtained by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
“We have to be careful of what injections we allow ourselves to take,” Muhammad said. “The minister said to us did you know that there are different flu vaccine shots? According to one of our researchers, he went to the doctor, and she recommended a flu shot; and he refused, saying that he didn’t want a flu shot due to the excessive mercury and other additives used as preservatives. And she told him: ‘Oh! We have a flu shot that is a non-preservative, that does not have any additives that we give to Jewish people.’
He added, “Why do you put additives in one and remove it from another except that there is something in that additive that you want to infect the population with, that over time will manifest in ailments, sickness, disease, and a compromised immune system?”
Then, on December 20, Muhammad told NOI followers that there’s a plot to kill Black people through the distribution of vaccines and referred to Jews as “the synagogue of satan,” per MEMRI.
“Many today fall out with the minister over his exposing of Satan and the synagogue of Satan,” he said. “More specifically those who say they are Jews, but are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan.”
“When Jesus encountered them 2,000 years ago, they said we are the seed of Abraham. They claimed to even be the children of God,” he added. “You seek to kill a man who has only told you the truth, and guess what Jesus called them? Devils. He said: ‘no no no no no, you are of your father, the devil.’ He was a liar and a murderer from the very beginning. Lies and murders are born in the very nature of this people. They are the product of genetic engineering. They are the product of bio-engineering.”