Ministry of Lies: The Truth behind the Nation of Islam's "The Secret Relationship between Blacks and Jews"

By Harold Brackman | Go to book overview

FARRAKHAN'S REIGN OF
HISTORICAL ERROR:
A Preview of Issues Raised and Resolved

1. Did Jews "Dominate" the Slave Trade in Medieval Europe?

The Charge: "Throughout the history of the practice, Jews have been involved in the purchase and sale of human beings. . . . The Jews' participation in the slave trade. . .incited the moral indignation of Europe's Gentile population." ( The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews pp. 9-10)

The Truth: Jewish traders dealt in pagan white slaves from Slavic areas, but never played a predominant role and ceased to be involved around the year 1000 A.D., 500 years before the first enslaved Africans were carried to the New World.

Professor Baron Salo W. of Columbia University in A Social and Religious History of the Jews ( 1952-1967), IV, 187:

"One major branch of international Jewish commerce gradually diminished in importance for other than competitive reasons. The Jewish slave trade, from its inception seriously hampered by a maze of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish laws, began completely drying up. . . ."

Professor David B. Davis of Yale University in Slavery and Human Progress ( 1984), p. 89:

"Medieval Christians greatly exaggerated the supposed Jewish control over trade and finance and

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