NEW YORK (Dec. 2)
Anti-Semitism is an integral component of the United States Labor Party (USLP) headed by Lyndon LaRouche, Jr. a candidate for President of the United States In 1980, according to reports published by Our Town, a weekly Manhattan newspaper, The New York Times, and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.
The ADL has charged the USLP, the political arm of the Notional Caucus of Labor Committees (NCLC) with conducting an anti-Jewish hate propaganda campaign that adds “on insidious dimension to its bizarre conspiracy theories and political hallucinations.”
ADL recently issued an 18-page report linking the USLP with Liberty Lobby, the for right group headed by “long-time and-Semite” Willis Carto, and with Iraq and the Soviet Union from which it reportedly received laundered funds. The report compares USLP laundered LaRouche to “the father figure so characteristic of religious and other cults that have surfaced in the U.S. and elsewhere.”
The report also says that LaRouche has created a “conspiracy fantasia” in which Jews supposedly instigate anti-Semitism as part of a conspiracy involving the British monarchy; the British nobility and upper classes, the British Secret Intelligence Service and cults and secret societies such as the “Cult of Isis” and the “Black Guelph nobility.”
THREE ANTI-SEMTIC THEMES CITED
The three basic anti-Semitic themes cited by ADL are: the Nazis did not kill six million Jews during the Holocaust; the Jews were responsible for the crucifiction of Christ; and Zionism is racism.
LaRouche, 57, is a veteran of the far left and is a former Marxist teacher and theoretician, and a former member of the (Trotskyist) Socialist Workers Party. He also founded various extreme left groups, including one allied with Students for a Democratic Society in the late 1960s. He ran for President in 1976, and polled a total of 40,043 votes in 26 states.
The USLP has approximately 3,000 members, according to ADL. Both The Times and Our Town report that, despite their anti-Semitism, NCLC-USLP have a significant number of Jewish members, but ADL does not discuss this phenomenon.
Both NCLC and USLP are part of an “International complex of affiliated, parallel and front organizations, plus various publications controlled by LaRouche, and active in the U.S., Canada, Mexico; Latin America and Europe. The apparatus reportedly spends $3 million a year for its activities,” the ADL report, says.
Publications include a twice-weekly newspaper called “New Solidarity,” with a circulation of about 25,000, a magazine called “The Campaigner,” a technological monthly called “Fusion,” and “Executive Intelligence Review,” a weekly political-economic analysis for business’ and industry that sells for $10 per issue and $400 per year. Affiliated and front organizations controlled by LaRouche in the U.S. include the tax-exempt Fusion Energy Foundation, according to ADL.
ANTI-SEMITIC CAMPAIGN TRACED
The report traces USLP’s anti-Semitic campaign to March 1978, about the same time that Liberty Lobby’s weekly newspaper “Spotlight” was giving front page coverage to a lawsuit brought against the ADL-by Liberty Lobby. A similar article appeared in USLP’s “New Solidarity,” and in the following months, the USLP paper carried a barrage of articles attacking ADL, B’nai B’rith, the Jewish community and Israeli officials.
In April 1979 the USLP and NCLC filed suit against the ADL in Supreme Court of New York County, charging ADL with slander, libel invasion of privacy, assault and harassment, and seeking $26 million in damages. ADL has filed a motion for dismissal of the suit.
Explaining the link between NCLC-USLP and Liberty Lobby, the ADL report says it began during LaRouche’s 1976 Presidential campaign. On Oct, 11, 1976 Liberty Labby’s “Spotlight” published a generally favorable review of a USLP report entitled “Carter and the Party of International Terrorism.”
ADL says that “the shared perception of a pervasive conspiracy spearheaded by a so-called Rockefeller-CIA-Carter axis and seeking to control the U.S. and the world was the tie that made possible cooperation between USLP on the far left and Liberty Lobby on the far right.”
In its favorable review, however, “Spotlight” complained that the USLP report failed to mention any of the “major Zionist groups such as the notorious Anti-Defamation League” in the list of organizations and institutions which were allegedly controlled and coordinated by the Rockefeller-CIA-Carter forces. LaRouchite attacks on Jewish organizations soon followed.
OTHER USLP ACTIVITIES
Other USLP activities include their attempt to capture control of the AFL-CIO, with the ultimate goal of taking power in the U.S., ADL says In December 1978 a “Michigan Anti-Drug Coalition” was announced, involving cooperation between the USLP, the Black Muslims and others. LaRouchites have also organized the “Humanist Academy of America, “which is “apparently geared to attract potential members of academic bent.”
By running political candidates at the local and Presidential levels, the USLP achieves access to the media and a certain degree of respectability. Although LaRouche, to date, has not created a “substantial political movement,” the American experience indicates that “any group, however small, that attracts political zealots, that disseminates anti-Semitism and that cooperates with other anti-Semites and extremists, can insert an impact for out of proportion to its members and is a cause for concern to all decent Americans,” the ADL report concludes.
USLP claims to have units in 36 cities in 19 states and the District of Columbia, with headquarters at 304 West 58th Street in New York City, ADL says. The New York regional office is listed as 26 Court Street, Brooklyn, in “New Solidarity”
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency has made several attempts to reach USLP officials and discuss the ADL report with them. An Albany, New York phone number listed in a recent issue of “New Solidarity” had been disconnected. There was no answer at the New York regional office. The JTA then called Campaigner Publications in Manhattan, publishers of “New Solidarity,” asking for information about USLP. “We only print their paper” was the reply, but the person answering the telephone provided another Manhattan phone number for USLP. However, there was no answer at this number. According to telephone company information, neither USLP nor NCLC is listed anywhere in Manhattan. (Tomorrow: Part 2)