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NAACP Leader Posts Antisemitic Meme, Calls For His Firing Follow

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Head of the local Philadelphia NAACP chapter, Rodney Muhammad, is facing blowback for a Facebook post with a quote, pictures of celebrities recently under fire for anti-Semitic comments, and a widely used meme making fun of Jewish individuals.

The quote on the post read, “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize,” and a meme — called the Happy Merchant — was placed next to it. The picture exaggerated stereotypes and is widely used by racists across the internet to alienate Jewish people.

The celebrities featured were Ice Cube, DeSean Jackson and Nick Cannon — all recently in headlines for anti-Semitic postings and comments. Cannon was fired from his network for comments on his podcast.

Muhammad is a local Nation of Islam leader and frequent vocal supporter of Louis Farrakhan, who has called Jews “bloodsuckers” and “termites,” according to the Times of Israel.

The blowback has been fierce. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia called for Muhammad to be removed “immediately” in a statement and that he “intentionally initiated the spread of anti-Semitism on his Facebook page. This vile behavior from a civic leader is incredibly dangerous for Jewish communities across the world.”

The Anti-Defamation League has characterized the image as a hate symbol. Also noted, the quote is misattributed to Voltaire when it really came from an American neo-Nazi.

Muhammad responded to the criticism saying “to be real honest with you, I didn’t even pay attention to the picture.” He said he was unaware the image was disrespectful towards Jewish people and took it down.

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Adviser to Fauci bragged about helping him evade FOIA, ‘he is too smart’ to get caught

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The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic published evidence ahead of a hearing that explains the senior scientific adviser to then-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci actually bragged about helping Fauci evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The adviser, David Morens, admitted in his own communications to intentionally evading FOIA by using a Fauci’s private Gmail address or just handing him documents in person, according to the newly disclosed emails.

The 35-page report on Morens includes previously unreleased emails including:

An April 21, 2021 email shows Morens contacted EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak, whom Morens has described as his “best friend” and a U.S. taxpayer conduit for the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as well as Boston University and New England Biolabs researchers.

The subject line references “CoV research in China, GoF, etc.,” referring to EcoHealth-facilitated coronavirus research at WIV that could make a virus more transmissible or dangerous. The National Institutes of Health recently admitted it funded gain-of-function research under that definition but not a stricter regulatory definition.

“PS, i forgot to say there is no worry about FOIAs,” Morens wrote. “I can either send stuff to Tony on his private gmail, or hand it to him at work or at his house. He is too smart to let colleagues send him stuff that could cause trouble.”

A May 13, 2021 email to the same recipients referred to “our ‘secret’ back channel” by which Morens connected Fauci to a journalist named “Arthur,” apparently to discuss the feds’ preferred narrative that SARS-CoV-2 emerged naturally rather than via lab leak. The email cited an article on the message board Virological.

Gerald Keusch, associate director of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory Institute at BU, emailed Daszak Oct. 25, 2021 to relay a phone conversation with “David,” who is “concerned about the privacy of text” and email sent and received on his “government phone” because they “could be FOIA’able.”

“Tony has told him not to be in touch with you and EHA for the time being,” Keusch wrote. Morens relayed that Daszak should get his story straight on EcoHealth’s claim that NIH locked it out of the system when it tried to file its year-five progress report that disclosed an arguable gain-of-function experiment.

Earlier in the day, Morens told Daszak “i will be meeting with Tony about this later on.” The subject line of the thread was “Draft response to Michael Lauer,” deputy director for extramural research at NIH.

Morens also told Daszak that Fauci and then-NIH Director Francis Collins are “trying to protect you, which also protects their own reputations,” apparently meaning against allegations that U.S. tax dollars passed through EcoHealth funded research that may have led to SARS-CoV-2’s emergence.

The subcommittee said it found emails that revealed “likely illegal” practices, including an April 2020 email in which Morens shared a “new NIAID implementation plan” with Daszak and an August 2020 email in which Daszak mentioned a “kick-back” to Morens after NIH awarded $7.5 million to EcoHealth.

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