Despite this family connection to Judaism, Ali publicly took up Arab causes and frequently targeted Jews and Zionism following his conversion to Islam.
When Ali made his victorious comeback to the ring in Atlanta in 1970, he commented on the possibility of taking on Joe Frazier by saying: "To those who might want it, the fight will come. All those Jewish promoters – they’ll see that it comes off.”
After retiring from the ring in 1974, Ali went on a tour of the Middle East. While in Lebanon, he said that “the United States is the stronghold of Zionism and imperialism.”
On a visit to two Palestinian refugee camps in southern Lebanon, he was quoted by a news agency as saying: “In my name and the name of all Muslims in America, I declare support for the Palestinian struggle to liberate their homeland and oust the Zionist invaders.”Remember that statement the next time you hear someone--the CBC, say--waxing rhapsodic about Ali's dedication to "social justice" and "human rights."
Muhammad Ali and raving anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan
in younger days.
Update: Some misty-eyed "nostalgia" from the CBC--remember that time Ali went to a small Quebec town, supposedly to talk about his boxing career, and ended up spewing out-and-out da'wa for Islam?
Wasn't that, like, so adorbs (even if his speech wasn't exactly "linear," a polite way of saying it was completely incoherent)?