BUENOS AIRES (Apr. 16)
The author of allegations that there is a Zionist-Jewish plot to destroy Argentina, claimed today that he is not an anti-Semite, just “anti-Zionist.” Dr. Walter Beveraggi Allende, a right-wing political figure who is a professor at the Buenos Aires law school, made that statement in a letter intended to answer protests against his activities which Jewish leaders lodged last week with Interior Minister Arturo Mor Roig.
According to Allende, he is supported in his “struggle against Zionism” by a “national anti-Zionist command representing all economic and social sectors of our Fatherland and all its geographic components.” Although he did not identify the group. It is believed that it is inspired and organized by the Arab League here. Allende defined Zionism as a “powerful, aggressive international, imperialistic organization based on the monopoly of monetary instruments on a world scale.”
Allende’s charges, reminiscent of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, first appeared two months ago in an open letter to Jose Rucci, secretary general of the powerful Peronista trade union confederation. He claimed a plot organized by a certain “Grand Rabbi Gordon of New York” in league with Argentine Jewish leaders to dismember the republic and create a “Jewish state” in its southern region to be called “Andinia.” Allende claimed that virtually every national institution in Argentina was controlled by “Zionists.”
Leaders of the DAIA, the central representative body of Argentine Jewry, expressed their concern over Allende’s anti-Semitic campaign at a meeting last week with the Interior Minister. The Minister promised an investigation. Allende’s charges have received wide currency in Argentine newspapers in provincial cities and have been circulated in leaflet form.