(JNS.org) The authors of a controversial anti-Israel open letter that appeared in The Lancet medical journal in July have promoted a video made by American white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan (KKK) leader David Duke, a watchdog group says.
According to Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor, Dr. Paola Manduca and Dr. Swee Ang—two of the authors of “An open letter for the people of Gaza,” which slams Israel for its conduct last summer’s Operation Protective Edge—shared an email with the subject line “CNN Goldman Sachs & the Zio Matrix” that included a link to Duke’s video.
Ang wrote “this is a shocking video” and encouraged the email's recipients to pass it on because “the whole world needs to know.” The video, which appears on Duke’s YouTube page, claims to reveal “how the Zionist Matrix of Power controls Media, Politics and Banking.”
“The Lancet’s leadership, including Richard Horton and Reed Elsevier Properties, must immediately condemn these individuals and retract their tainted letter,” Yitzhak Santis, chief programs officer at NGO Monitor, said in a statement. “There is no excuse for The Lancet to give prominence to Manduca and Ang, individuals who trade in racist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.”
NGO Monitor said that it contacted Reed Elsevier Properties, the journal’s parent company, calling for the retraction of the open letter and for the company to publicly distance itself from the authors. But NGO Monitor has yet to receive a response.