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.
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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap
President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.
According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.
In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were “wrongfully detained.” He said the American’s would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.
“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.
Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.
The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”
“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.
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