New Black Panthers

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The New Black Panthers, formally known as the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, is a U.S.-based group formed by breakaway members of the Nation of Islam. The most well known of these was Khalid Abdul Muhammad, who was the national chairman of the group until his passing in 2001. It is currently led by Malik Zulu Shabazz, and espouses a radical black nationalist philosophy. It is loudly anti-Semitic and anti-white, and often considered a hate group. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists (http://www.splcenter.org/intel/map/hate.jsp?T=17&m=3) the party as a hate group.

The party has been denounced by leading members of the original Black Panther Party, who claim that the New Black Panthers have no right to use the Black Panther name or image, and that their points of view do not represent the politics or philosophy of the old Black Panther Party.

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City and Washington, DC the party began distributing propaganda around the country that Israel had planned and financed the attacks and that 4,000 Israelis who worked at the World Trade Center were warned ahead of time by their government and called in sick the day of the attack. This was an aspect of 9/11 conspiracy claims regarding Jews or Israel made by many diverse groups.

The party also participated in the 2002 Slavery Reparations marches on Washington that drew crowds of tens of thousands of African-Americans from around the nation.

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