Statement by Chip Berlet,
Senior Analyst, Political Research Associates,
Somerville, Massachusetts, USA, March 27, 2007
A sense of justice requires that German officials reopen the investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death of Jeremiah Duggan. A sense of history demands that German officials no longer turn a blind eye to the sinister activities on German soil of the network of organizations controlled by the "Notorious antisemite Lyndon LaRouche." Central to both are unanswered questions as to whether or not Jeremiah Duggan’s public statement--that as a Jew he had to protest the antisemitic rhetoric at the LaRouchite meeting in Germany--played a role in his death.
In my November 2003 study prepared for Mrs. Erica Duggan, “The LaRouche Network: A History of Intimidation,” I stated that “Given the history of aggressive behaviour on the part of LaRouche Security forces, it is quite possible and even likely that Jeremiah Duggan was subjected to extreme emotional pressure or physical intimidation.” Forensic evidence now adds weight to demands that this possibility be fully and publicly explored by the appropriate officials in Germany.
I am proud to have been a co-author of the entry on "Neo-Nazism," in the recent edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica. I offer the excerpt below to help explain the veiled antisemitic nature of the LaRouche network.
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"Neo-Nazism," entry in Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2nd ed., 2007
"Notorious antisemite Lyndon LaRouche, who shifted from left to right yet ran as a Democrat, has appeared on the presidential primary ballot for decades, attracting tens of thousands of votes in some states."
"...antisemitic ideas and conspiracy theories once circulated almost exclusively by German Nazis and their neo-Nazi offspring entered popular culture, mainstream political debate, and even broadcast television series, especially in Islamic and Arab countries in the Middle East. These even included a revival of the false allegations from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. These conspiracy allegations moved into more mainstream circles through bridging mechanisms that often mask the original overtly anti-Jewish claims by using coded rhetoric about "secret elites" or "Zionist cabals." The international organization run by Lyndon LaRouche is a major source of such masked antisemitic theories globally. In the U.S. the LaRouchites spread these conspiracy theories in an alliance with aides to Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam. A series of LaRouchite pamphlets calls the neoconservative movement the "Children of Satan," which links Jewish neo-conservatives to the historic rhetoric of the blood libel. In a twisted irony, the pamphlets imply the neoconservatives are the real neo-Nazis."
Source Citation: Hearst, Ernest, Chip Berlet, and Jack Porter. "Neo-Nazism." Encyclopaedia
Judaica. Eds. Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik. Vol. 15. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007. 74-82. 22 vols. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Thomson Gale.
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