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Jeremiah Duggan case. Update

Back on 12th March 2015, covered the inspirational fight for justice being waged by the mother of Jeremiah Duggan, a 22 year old Harrow student who died in suspicious circumstances in Germany in 2003.

In the latest development, The Board of Deputies of British Jews has called on foreign secretary Philip Hammond to intervene as a “matter of urgency” to ensure a new independent investigation into Jeremiah Duggan’s death in Germany.

The board criticised the “failure of the authorities” to deal with the Jewish student’s death in Wiesbaden in 2003 with the “thoroughness that such a serious incident deserves” and said that “serious questions remain to be answered”.

It comes as Jeremiah’s mother Erica Duggan called on British police to step in and work with the German authorities in a bid to find answers.

A British coroner ruled last week the 22-year-old’s death was not suicide following a new UK inquest, overturning the official findings of the authorities in Wiesbaden following his death.

Jeremiah, from Golders Green, had been attending a youth conference at the Schiller Institute in Wiesbaden, the think-tank of anti-Semitic far-right wing organisation LaRouche, in the days before he died.

The German high court ordered prosecutors to reopen the case in 2012 but Jeremiah’s family have no confidence in the new investigation which is being handled by the same police officer who carried out the original police reports.

Jonathan Arkush, president-elect of the Board of Deputies, said: “In light of this latest inquest we call on the foreign secretary to raise this case immediately at the highest levels with the Germany authorities and to ensure that a full and proper independent investigation is launched as a matter of urgency into the incident itself, the behaviour of the Schiller Institute and the failure of the authorities to address Mr Duggan’s death with the thoroughness that such a serious incident deserves.”

The Institute of Race Relations said there had been a “manifest failure” by the German authorities to support the Duggan family.

Director Liz Fekete said: “Why is it that an organisation like LaRouche was not considered an organisation that you would be concerned and worried by. That inability to take the family’s concerns about LaRouche seriously is equivalent to a downplaying of anti-Semitism and therefore an aspect of institutionalised racism.”

Ms Duggan called on the British police “to do what they should have done ages ago and present to German police the evidence that Jeremiah’s death was not suicide and to find out what led to his death”.

“I will not be giving up trying to get justice for Jeremiah and I will be exploring other ways to do it,” she said. “I would like to feel that Jeremiah’s legacy would be to raise awareness of the dangers and threats of extremist groups.”

A foreign and commonwealth office spokesman said: “We are in contact with the German authorities on this case at a senior level. We will continue to raise Jeremiah’s case where appropriate.”

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Breaking news – Conservative candidate suspended over Antisemitic post

The British Conservative Party has suspended one of their council election candidates after posting on social media that she would never support “the Jew” in an apparent reference to Ed Miliband, the Labour Party leader. had challenged Prime Minister David Cameron to respond to the matter via Twitter but had not received a reply. It would appear that now the party has ‘replied’ by suspending Gulzabeen Afsar, who was standing in Derby.

She had written on Facebook: “Just can’t take Mr Ed Miliband seriously!! DC has what it takes to be the future PM.”

When another user suggested she should show some respect “for the future PM”, Afsar replied: “Nah bro! never ever will I drop that low and support the al yahud [Arabic for Jew] lol.”


It marks the first time Miliband’s religion had been raised by a candidate seeking office during this election campaign.

A Tory spokesman branded the comments “offensive and wrong”, adding that Afsar had removed them and apologised.

But as the CST’s Mark Gardner said: “She knew exactly what she was saying and thought it funny. It was all public on Facebook, making her doubly stupid.” commends who first highlighted the action of Afsar.

Global coverage

coollogo_com-23172872ASW brings you the very latest and most extensive Antisemitism global newsround update:

France: According to the Daily Mail, a notorious anti-Semitic comedian has been spared jail for tweeting his sympathy for the terrorist behind the Paris Jewish supermarket massacre, which killed four people.

ASW19Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, 48, used the rallying slogan ‘Je Suis Charlie’ to make a joke relating to gunman Amedy Coudlibaly, who murdered a policewoman and carried out the devastating attack on the kosher supermarket in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January.

The provocative entertainer had denied any wrongdoing and said the case exposed the hypocrisy of a country which ‘pretends’ to be a bastion of free speech.

He also maintained that he ‘condemned the attacks without reservation and without any ambiguity.’

But M’bala, who has previous convictions for anti-Semitism, was found guilty of ‘apologising for terrorism’ following his trial at the Palais de Justice in Paris.

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UK: David Cameron pledged more than £11m of additional funds to help secure Britain’s Jewish community in the wake of the atrocities in Paris and Copenhagen.

ASW20A total of £7m will be provided for security guards outside more than 100 Jewish private schools while a further £3million will pave the way for the same provision outside scores of synagogues. The prime minister also told guests at the CST’s annual dinner that the Government would provide an extra £1.5million towards a state-of-the-art mission control centre with closed circuit television.

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Vienna, Austria: Austrian police arrested a man who is suspected of a hate crime against a Jewish man in a shopping mall near Vienna.
The alleged victim was shopping Tuesday at a supermarket inside a shopping mall in St. Polten, a city in lower Austria, while wearing a Star of David necklace, the news website reported. The man, 53, allegedly was taunted with anti-Semitic slurs by a group of young men before he was attacked by one of the men, according to the report.

The alleged assailant, 21, hit and kicked the victim, prompting police to intervene and arrest him. The victim required medical treatment, the report said, but it did not elaborate on his injuries.

The victim told Heute that St. Polten is “one of the worst areas in terms of anti-Semitism,” adding that he was considering moving elsewhere.

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