Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, has warned U.S. President Donald Trump not to pull “the trigger of war in the Middle East at the insistence of Israel.”
Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite who had a lifelong knack for repugnant remarks, and recently compared Jewish people to termites and led a “Death to America” chant in Iran, gave the warning in Tehran on Thursday.
The 85-year-old was in the Islamic Republic when he criticized the Trump administration for snapping back economic sanctions on Iran after the U.S. pulled out of a landmark nuclear deal signed during the Obama administration.
He told journalists in Tehran he’s “begging” Trump to be “very, very careful.”
“The war will trigger another kind of war which will bring China, Russia, all of the nations into a war,” Farrakhan said. “The war will end America as you know it.”
But Farrakhan’s encore was even more stunning, combining a disparagement of America with an exhortation to kill Jewish people in Israel.
Farrakhan told law school students at the University of Tehran that “America has never been a democracy,” before he led a “Death to Israel” chant at the end of his talk, according to Iranian news agencies.
Farrakhan’s trip coincided with the 39th anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran, when more than 50 American diplomats and civilians were held hostage for 444 days.
The incident kicked off the Islamic Revolution, and Farrakhan told an Iranian audience that black Americans should be considered among the revolutionaries.
The infamous activist cited the actions of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, who ordered the release of black Americans among the 1979 captives.
After the video surfaced online, Farrakhan said in a statement he “never led a chant calling for death to America.”
“I asked a question about how to pronounce the chant in Farsi during my meeting with Iranian students and an examination of the video shows just that,” he said.
When asked to repeat the chant on Thursday, he turned around the question to issue another warning to Trump.
“It is your policies that are eroding trust for you in the world, favor for you in the world, and now you are pulling apart, confused.
“If you do this, you will bring about — not the Iranian chant — you will bring about the death of the greatest nation that has been on this Earth in the last 6,000 years,” he said.
Mexico: Death Toll Rises To 73 In Fuel Pipeline Explosion
The number of people killed in the fuel pipeline explosion that happened on Saturday in Hidalgo, Mexico has risen to 73 while 74 others are severely injured.
Having spent an estimated $3 billion in 2017 in highly publicized war on fuel theft, Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador vowed on Saturday to redouble efforts in his fight against an epidemic of fuel theft that caused the explosion.
“We have to continue with the plan to end fuel theft,” “We will not stop. We will eradicate this.” The president said during a news conference later at the presidential palace in Mexico City.
The government’s strategy has included diverting fuel from the pipelines most heavily targeted by criminal gangs, and transporting it by truck. But the logistical changes have slowed deliveries across the country, causing shortages and long lines at service stations.
Regional Economic Summit Lebanon Overshadowed By Divisions
A Regional Economic Summit Lebanon is preparing to host this weekend has been overshadowed by divisions over Syria’s future and efforts to contain Iran.
Many heads of state now say they will stay away.
The Emirs of Qatar and Kuwait will not attend, Egypt is planning to send the prime minister rather than the president, while the Palestinian authority president has said he will be in New York.
The snub seems to be a message to Iran, whose allies, including Hezbollah, hold power in Lebanon and support the Syrian government.
Iran’s allies saw the talks as an opportunity to bring Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad back into the Arab fold. They were hoping an Arab league foreign minister-level meeting before the summit would provide a chance to hold a vote on Syria’s reinstatement to the regional body.
The Arab league suspended Syria’s membership in 2011 and imposed economic sanctions over its violent crackdown on anti-government protesters before the country descended into civil war. Some countries withdrew their ambassadors.
Colombia: 11 Killed, 65 Injured In A Car Bomb
Colombian officials say 11 persons were killed and 65 others were injured after a car bomb detonated in the capital Bogota.
A high-ranking police official disclosed that the explosion appeared to be the result of a suicide attack.
Police said the driver rammed the vehicle into the grounds of a police academy at full speed and ignored calls to stop. The driver is presumed to have died in the blast, but it is unclear if authorities are counting the attacker in the death toll.
President Ivan Du-Kay has condemned the attack as terrorism and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice. He has also declared a three-day mourning period.
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