Fredrick Töben wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
As we end our 14th year of operations some supporters still ask that vital question: Have we achieved anything?
Has the financial support of Adelaide Institute borne any fruit at all? Are we witnessing a breakthrough of the Holocaust-Shoah story, or is there a break-down of Revisionists? If we look at what has happened to some of the more productive Revisionists – Germar Rudolf, Jürgen Graf, Siegfried Verbeke, Wolfgang Fröhlich, Ernst Zündel, Horst Mahler – we note they are in jail, they have just come out of jail, or they are anticipating jail-time. All this comes with the territory of attacking and dismantling a multi-billion dollar industry, and surely not as a surprise to anyone, especially not to those on the front line fighting this particular battle concerning the veracity of the Holocaust-Shoah narrative-story. For the individual Revisionist, as Faurisson once said, it will continue to be a difficult time, but for Revisionism as such there have been successes.
The 2006-2007 Holocaust-Shoah trials at Mannheim have been significant for Revisionists because we are here witnessing a judiciary that has exposed its corrupt underbelly, so to speak, by sentencing Ernst Zündel to five years and Germar Rudolf to 30 months jail without giving both of them due legal process. Legal principles that test evidence were not applied because anyone before court is automatically assumed to be guilty – all that needs to be determined is whether the person shows contrition, remorse, regret. Any mounted defence is actually regarded as an affront to the legal system and enables a judge to impose a maximum sentence. That’s the reality of Section 130 of Germany’s Criminal Code.
However, all is not gloom and doom because a most significant event occurred a year ago, on 11-12 December 2006, when the first-ever International Holocaust conference was held at Teheran hosted by the Islamic Republic of Iran. This world media event shattered the backbone of those Holocaust believers who have for decades been persecuting Revisionists through legal prosecution. The Holocaust-Shoah, once a taboo topic in western democracies, has now been elevated into the public domain where outright censorship cannot anymore be sustained. Judging by the world media’s tone of reporting, the Holocaust believers’ feeding frenzy that engulfed this event in Teheran consisted of the usual defamatory remarks and outright abusiveness. Interestingly, the persecutors, who with a vengeance seek to destroy Revisionists, are all living in so-called free and democratic western European countries. Legal persecution in Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, et al, has not been directly linked to Holocaust matters, but rather labelled ‘hate’ and ‘racist’ matters.
The global media attack on Iran was repeated far more venomously on a personal level eight months later when the Iranian President, Dr Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, visited the USA, there to address the UN in September 2007. Prior to his formal UN address Dr Ahmadinejad was invited to address the Press Club, and before that the students and staff at one of America’s prestigious institution of higher learning, Columbia University. The Iranian president had all his prejudices about democratic and liberal USA confirmed, i.e. the USA is in moral and intellectual decline. What happened? The host, President of Columbia, Lee Bollinger, introduced his guest with direct insults that focused on two issues we also addressed at the 2006 Teheran conference – the Holocaust-Shoah and the existence of the Zionist state of Israel.
On Monday, 24 September 2007, Lee Bollinger asked Dr Ahmadinejad:
“ …you held a two-day conference of Holoocaust deniers. For the illiterate and ignorant, this is dangerous propaganda. This makes you, quite simply, ridiculous. You are either brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated. The truth is the Holocaust is the most documented event in human history. Because of this, and for many other reasons, your absurd comments about the debate over the Holocaust both defy historical truth and make all ofn us who continue to nfear humanity’s capacity for evil shudder at this closure of memory. Will you cease this outrage?
It made no difference anymore how the world media reported the incident because the Iranian President’s visit to the USA had become a major media/diplomatic incident – a host had publicly insulted and abused his guest, something that is unpardonable – and all because the Iranian President wishes to have the historical event called the Holocaust-Shoah investigated just like any other historical event is investigated by scholars around the world.
On 29 September 2007 Michael Rivero interviewed me on his Internet Radio show broadcast from Hawaii – http://www.toginet.net/main.asp?pID=78. The broadcaster has a website that boggles the mind with its wide-ranging skepticism concerning numerous world events, but Holocaust-Shoah matters is not one of them. Still, during our 40 minutes of talk it appeared to me that the host knew well the Holocaust argument, especially as to how it impacts on US domestic policy and the US support for the Zionist regime on Israel. Perhaps even without knowing anything about the Holocaust-Shoah individuals at www.whatreallyhappened.com have realized that Zionists have taken over US foreign policy for the sake of guaranteeing Israel’s survival – and that’s just too much for them – perhaps.
From the Archives - 1991
The following item appeared in Without Prejudice, No 4 December 1991, published by the Australian Institute of Jewish Affairs when organized world Jewry was just re-grouping after suffering significant losses against Ernst Zündel in his 1988 Holocaust Trial where Raul Hilberg admitted that, contrary to popular belief, the two written Hitler Orders – that started the extermination process of European Jewry – did not exist!
Hilberg later attempted to suggest that contrary to common knowledge the bureaucratic process of extermination was begun without a written order because there was no need for such an order. All Germans knew what the Führer wanted done – and so a wink and a nudge started the extermination process against the Jews – a fanciful account that later Daniel Goldhagen incorporated into his thesis that Germans had a pre-disposition to evil and hence all Germans were guilty of genocide.
At his 1988 trial, on 20 April – as a present to the Führer - Zündel also presented to court The Leuchter Report, which was something of a sensation. Also in 1988 Holocaust believers suffered a setback when Israel’s Supreme Court found that John Demjanjuk, alleged to have been a Treblinka guard, was not ‘Ivan the Terrible’. It was Professor Alan Dershowitz who realized the significance of such defeats and urged his followers not to have a Holocaust survivor again cross-examined in any court. This marked the next stage in the Holocaust believers’ strategy where the dogma was now to become legally protected. Questioning matters Holocaust was soon to be a racist matter, and specifically designed racial laws were implemented in a number of countries to criminalize, if not silence, anyone who refused to believe in the orthodox version of the Holocaust. The logic of such absurdities reached its pinnacle with the Zundel trial at Mannheim, Germany, where the judge openly stated in court that Zündel has no defence because it is irrelevant whether the Holocaust happened or not – in Germany it is illegal to question the orthodoxy and that is enough to find anyone guilty. Zündel received the maximum of five years prison without parol. His appeal was not allowed.
The article is written by Jeremy Jones, the fellow who has been pursuing his chosen enemy for a long time, which confirms that Jeremy needs the Revisionists but the Revisionists do not need him. The article: ‘Holocaust Revisionism in Australia’ gives an overview of who is who in the 1993 neather-world of dissent in Australia.
Jeremy Jones: Holocaust Revisionism in Australia
Without Prejudice, No 4 December 1991, pp50-56
Today, in Australia, overt anti-Semites and groups and individuals who wish ‘to weaken the cause of the Jews in general as well as that of Israel’ have identified a particular historic event, the Nazi murder of the Jews, as a subject into which to conduct spurious and tendentious historic research.
The most blatant of these fabricators of history are the so-called ‘revisionists’, who deny that Jews were the victims of any organized or systematic genocide, and who claim that the extent of Jewish suffering has been deliberately magnified by the leaders of world Jewry to extort money and sympathy from gullible Christians. More subtle are the opponents of Israel who seek to present the murder of the Jews of Europe as the result of a conspiracy between Nazis and ‘Zionist’ leaders.
A third, related, ideology is that which Conor Cruise O’Brien has labeled ‘anti-Jewism’, which belittles the crimes of the Nazis and distorts the Arab-Israeli conflict by comparing the murderers of the Jews with the Jewish state.
Holocaust revisionists have recognized that the extent and nature of depravity, the technology of murder and the huge number of passive and active collaborators come as a huge shock and, for those who have some sympathy for racism or other tenets of National Socialism, the psychological preference to believe that Holocaust history is fictional is seen as ground ripe for exploitation.
Australia was spared the horror of invasion and annexation by the Third Reich, and the historic reality of the Holocaust has been conveyed to most Australians by means of the classroom or mass communications media. Without an abundance of memorials or collective historic memory, Australians could logically be seen to be receptive to the notion that the Jews were neither singled out for genocide nor murdered in such numbers. That this has not been proven to be the case is to the credit of those educationalists and men and women of good will who have taken upon themselves the task of teaching school-children and the general population the basic truths of that chapter of history.
For most Australians concerned with the subject of Holocaust denial, two names come immediately to mind – those of Melbourne lawyer John Bennett and English writer David Irving. These men occupy very different places in the spectrum of Australian revisionism, but they share disciples, followers and imitators.
John Bennett staked his claim in the front ranks of Australian (and international) revisionism with his publicity campaign, in 1979, on behalf of Arthur Butz’s Hoax of the Twentieth Century. Butz, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Northwestern University in the United States, published his pseudo-academic work in 1976, through the Historical Review Press in Surrey, England. Within a short time span it became ‘a handbook for anti-Semites and its themes became the staples for the US-based Institute of Historical Review.
Butz’s arguments have been well summarized by Dr John Foster:
…there was no plan in Nazi Germany to exterminate the Jews; the camps served a dual function, as internment camps for Jews and others who were considered a threat to national security, and as labour camps; the gassing of Jews was a myth; Zyklon B was a disinfecting agent used exclusively for delousing prisoners; those Jews who died did so as a result of hunger and disease. The Holocaust was a myth, a deliberate hoax, contrived by an unholy alliance of Communists and Zionists in an elaborate conspiracy to create sympathy and extort money for the cause of Israel and ‘Jewish’ Communism.
The book and its theses were rejected outright by all serious historians, with Konrad Kwiet identifying the key elements in this stream of propaganda as ‘the inability to recognize reality, … the refusal to accept results of historical research, and …the exclusive resort to arguments, figures and theses that have long been discredited’.
Bennett, then secretary of the respected liberal organization, the Victorian Council for Civil Liberties, claims to have accepted the historical truth of the Holocaust, but after reading the Butz book ‘it was as if the blinkers had been lifted from my eyes’.
Bennett took up Holocaust denial as a personal crusade, writing articles and letters for publication arguing these themes and distributing samples of revisionist writings to opinion leaders, libraries and the media. Despite the availability of many well-researched works contradicting the major planks of Butz’s thesis, Bennett was able to present himself to colleagues, associates and the public as a person motivated by genuine concerns about correcting the historical record.
Senator Gareth Evans, speaking in debate in the Australian Senate on a motion to take note of the historical evidence determining that the Holocaust occurred, said:
A few years ago I was encouraged by some of those whom I believed at the time to be motivated by a spirit of genuine intellectual inquiry to look at some of those so-called revisionist writings and, in particular, the work of that Chicago academic – if he might be so described – A R Butz, whose book The Hoax of the Twentieth Century has become and remains something of a bible of revisionists.
He went on to say that Butz’s writing on Anne Frank had repulsed him, and that ‘any mortal who has any sensitivity at all could not possibly take seriously that kind of rubbish and that kind of account’.
In the same debate Senators Peter Baume, Colin mason and Barney Cooney all referred to the attempts by the revisionists to influence the public. Senator Baume, in introducing the motion, said:
…it is desirable that the Senate asserts the accuracy of the evidence of history, not least because of revisionist interpretations that would have us believe that there was no Holocaust, no gas chambers, no final solution, no mass crematoria, no systematic program of extermination, and that Jewish deaths occurred only in the usual course of hostile occupation.
That the matter was discussed in the Australian Senate may be evidence that the revisionists, even if rejected, had been noticed. Since his first campaign on behalf of Butz, Bennett has received publicity for his views on the electronic and in the print media, sometimes as an eccentric but also as an ostensibly legitimate participant in public debate.
Australia’s most prominent anti-Semitic organisation, the Australian League of Rights. Has supported Bennett’s campaign and revisionism has featured prominently in its publications and in those of other racist organizations.
Bennett himself has included promotions of books written by the revisionists and approval for their views in a number of editions of his annual handbook on legal rights.
While the books promoted by Bennett have not received an extensive readership, British revisionist David Irving has large audiences for his esoteric writings on World War II history. During two well-publicised speaking tours of Australia, Irving has played on the ‘controversial’ nature of his works.
Until recently, Irving claimed that he could not say one way or another whether the Holocaust occurred. Like Bennett, Irving attributes his conviction that Jews have perpetrated mass fraud on the international community to one ‘seminal’ book – in his case, The Leuchter Report, in which a self-styled American ‘gas-chamber expert’, Fred Leuchter, presented what purported to be scientific evidence to prove the Nazi gas chambers were never used to exterminate Jews.
Using Irving’s endorsement, Bennett, League of Rights members and supporters and other revisionists have sought to give this spurious and thoroughly discredited report wide publicity, and have scored occasional media coups.
The effect of the revisionists such as Bennett, Butz and Irving is, as Frank Knopfelmacher has noted, clearly to imply ‘that the Jewish people are witting and, rarely, unwitting accomplices in a conspiracy to extort, to lie and to kill, in order to acquire a counterfeit crown of martyrdom to be used for personal and political gain’. As Knopfelmacher pointed out, well over one half of Australian Jews are ‘survivors of or escapers from the Holocaust and their offspring’ and that revisionists put their ‘social legitimacy and reputation in question’. He concluded that
The Butz thesis is a group libel against an easily identifiable and traditionally stigmatized section of the population, which exceeds in ferocity and depth of malice anything that had happened in the field of ethnic animadversion in this country at least since World War II.
To the revisionists, the Australian Government’s recent legislation to allow for the prosecution of individuals who committed crimes against humanity during the Second World War was dangerous as it could result in the public airing and judicial acknowledgment of the evils of the Nazi campaign of genocide. Media commentators noted Bennett’s efforts opposing the political developments leading to this legislation, at every stage.
Bennett’s key political motivation for seeking to ‘expose’ the Holocaust was not the protection of potential victims of war crimes legislation, but derived from his perception of the debate on the Middle East. Bennett claimed, in his address to the 1980 Revisionist Convention, that the reason he became involved in the world-wide debate about the Holocaust is that it is, ‘as Zionist Jews say, “Israel’s number one propaganda weapon”’.
This analysis has been shared by Arab and Islamic enemies of the Jewish State for some time, and the Australian Arab community has not been immune. Not long after the Sydney-based Arabic-language newspaper An Nahar was censored by the Australian Press Council for publishing extracts from the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and defending these notorious forgeries on the grounds of historical accuracy, one of their most prominent contributors and a recognized leader within the Arab community, Dr Anice Morsey, later appointed an Ethnic Affairs Commissioner by the Victorian Government, wrote:
…Zionism fabricated and convinced the world with [a story] that there was mass killing of the Jews in furnaces and gas chambers, and even conviced the world that Germany alone killed six million Jews, while the truth is that those Jews who were killed numbered only 600,000 and they were not killed in the gas chambers as was suggested, but they were killed in the conquest’s battles or because they participated in the fifth column and they worked as spies in Germany, Poland and France…Zionism convinced the whole world of a disaster that did not occur, and sought to gain the sympathy of the world…they placed the world in a position of self-defence and feeling of guilt to such an extent that the Israeli state drains off from the new Germany materialistically…
Dr Morsey’s wife, Nagat, entered the fray with a defence of John Bennett’s right to tell Holocaust survivors and historians that their lives and works were fraudulent.
Equally invidious has been the deliberate misrepresentation by Trotskyists and other extreme anti-Zionists of the position of Jewish leaders under the Nazis, implying that Jewish leaders were guilty of ‘collaboration’ and complicity in the murder of European Jewry. The subject of what Jewish leadership could have done, how various Jewish leaders acted and what cruel games the Nazis played with those they regarded as subhuman, has been researched and discussed by a variety of serious historians and gives little encouragement to the conspiracy theorists.
While some genuine historians do place the worst possible interpretation on proven individual cases of Jewish leaders who in negotiating to save some lives had to choose who would face death, even they do not see this to be a central feature of the Holocaust.
This has not stopped individuals or organizations who seek to deligitimise or weaken support for the Jewish State from portraying this as a ‘collaboration’ which needs to be given a high profile in discussions not only of the Holocaust, but also of Zionism and Israel.
Dr Robert Springborg, lecturer in politics at Sydney’s Macquarie University, included such an argument in a vituperative critique of Lily Gardner Feldman’s The Special Relationship between West Germany and Israel (Boston, 1984). Dr Springborg seemed particularly perturbed by the apparent absence of a discussion of ‘Zionist-Nazi collaboration’:
Possibly of greatest significance is what the author chooses to ignore – namely, the extensive collaboration between Zionism and fascism, which began in the 1920s and which has been thoroughly documented…How this dark episode in Jewish history should be incorporated into an understanding of post-war German-Israeli relations is a fascinating question, but one which the author cannot treat without recognizing the historical truth.
In this case, as in that of the outright Holocaust denials of John Bennett, the target is Israel, with historical truth and sensitivity treated almost as if they were expendable items.
In the third, most common of the revisionist themes, the aim of weakening sympathy and support for Israel is even more patently obvious.
When Sydney hosted the 1985 International Gathering of Holocaust Survivors, the dignity and significance of the event was respected by most of the Australian communications media. Exceptions included the sensationalist editing in The Canberra Times which, through a headline, implied that the reality of the Holocaust was a matter for debate.
But this pales into insignificance when compared with the comments of Radio 2KY announcer Geraldine Willesee. Ms Willesee was disturbed by the reception given to the survivors and decided she had to ‘expose’ the dark hand operating to bring sympathy to people who lived through the Nazi horror. She described the gathering as ‘a big PR venture’ arranged ‘simply to keep up a wave of public sympathy for Israel’. Warming to her subject, she added: “I have never yet, ever, heard one of the people who like to commemorate the Holocaust ever have one word of compassion for the other six, seven, the other eight million who were destroyed’, claiming that Israel was carrying out ‘an extermination campaign’ which ‘repeated’ Holocaust ‘history’.
Without hypothesising as to what provoked this outburst, it is nevertheless simple to classify as an example of what Connor Cruise O’Brien has called ‘anti-Jewism’ – i.e. rhetoric equating the actions of the Nazis with the actions of the Israelis and, consequently, approximating the treatment of Palestinian Arabs in territories administered by Israel with that of Jews in areas ruled by the Nazis and their collaborators.
To equate Israel’s actions with the Nazis’ ruthless and systematic annihilation of the Jewish people is not only grotesque, but gives succour to those who would have us believe that genocide is not especially horrific or evil.
Importantly, Nazi imagery is frequently used by cartoonists, journalists, broadcasters and other participants in public debate only when discussing Israel. As Connor Cruise O’Brien wrote, discussing the failure of many ‘anti-Jewists’ to describe Hafez Assad as a ‘Nazi’ after he slaughtered thousands of his subjects in Hama, ‘there wouldn’t be much point, or fun, in such a comparison, would there? The whole delicious, mouth-watering paradox would be missing – Assad isn’t a Jew’.
In Australia, the implicit distortion of Nazism and the events in the Middle East due to the involvement of the victims of Nazism in the Arab-Israeli conflict is the most widespread, subtle and potentially most destructive variant of ‘revisionism’. Because its main perpetrators are not otherwise identifiable anti-Semites or anti-Zionists, it is treated as if less significant and some way more sociably acceptable.
As with other forms of revisionism, it cannot be sustained intellectually and requires, for its credibility, a willingness to reject voluminous historical records and academic research. It fulfils the aim of the neo-Nazi revisionists in that it makes the Nazi crimes appear unextraordinary and weakens the cause of the Jews in general as well as that of Israel.
This being said, the question remains as to what can be done to combat revisionism. Associate Professor Konrad Kwiet’s sound advice to the Australian Institute of Jewish Affairs’ 1984 seminar on Anti-Semitism and Human Rights was:
1. Strengthen research, carry out more projects at universities, close the gap in research.
2. Strengthen education at all school levels. This costs money, and Jews and non-Jews must be prepared to raise that money.
3. Promote public relations, educate and motivate and, in this, include the media.
4. Devise a political strategy…if there is historical reason why strategies of defence and survival of Jews failed during the Holocaust and prior to the Holocaust, it is because Jews did not find solidarity among other social groups. The fight against revisionism and anti-Semitism cannot be successful if Jews are carrying out this fight on their own. It needs the cooperation and support of non-Jews.
Jeremy Jones is Director of the Sydney office of Australia/Israel Publications. He is a correspondent for The Jerusalem Report and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, columnist for the Australian Jewish News, and lectures regularly on the Middle East, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and related topics.
 B and S Klarsfeld in the foreword to Klarsfeld, S. (ed.), The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania, New York, Beate Klarsfeld Foundation, 1978.
 O’Brien’s main exposition of this thesis was in the article ‘Anti-Jewists on the March’ published in The Sunday Observer during June 1982.
 According to Stephen Stratford, in the New Zealand Jewish Chronicle, January 1980, Bennett ‘sent 2,000 copies of a four-page pamphlet stating his case to MPs and the media and distributed 200 free copies of Butz’s book’.
 J Foster, ‘Fabricating History’, in S Liberman (ed.), Anti-Semitism and Human Rights, Melbourne, Australian Institute of Jewish Affairs, 1985.
 Assoc. prof Konrad Kwiet, Australia’s leading scholar on modern German history, wrote an extensive rebuttal of revisionism for The National Times in response to an article by John Bennett, published 10/2/79.
 Spotlight, 3/3/80.
 Senate Hansard, 23/8/85, pp.233-234. [It must be remembered that it was Evans the politician who had a notorious affair with a Democrats MP – so, who is he to talk about ‘sensitivity’! – ed.AI]
 ibid., pp230-231.
 The 1984 edition was withdrawn from sale as endorsers of earlier editions, which did not contain ‘revisionism’, objected to being linked with this Bennett crusade.
 His 1986 tour was ostensibly undertaken to launch the paperback version of his book on the Hungarian Revolution of 1965, published by Veritas, the publisher and distributor of a range of racist books.
 The Leuchter Report is a discredited pseudo-scientific document arguing that Jews could not have been gassed to death at concentration camps. Its promoters received publicity on Howard Sattler’s Radio 6PR (Perth) program on 2 February, 1990, when the broadcaster interviewed Leuchter and spoke of the ‘so-called Holocaust’.
 Dr Frank knopfelmacher, ‘Body Blow to Jewry’, The Age, 29/3/79.
 ‘Revisionists’ and apologists for the target group of the War C4rimes legislation were active in the media at the time. Issues of New Digest International, a Sydney-based anti-Semitic quarterly, during 1986 and 1987, contain a good cross-section of this type of material.
 A number of articles have appeared recently in the PLO magazines El-Istiqlal and Balsam denying that the Holocaust occurred. The El-Istiqlal articles were written by Dr Khalad El-Shamili, identified as an ‘expert on intense heat stoves’, who said it was his responsibility to combat the world’s reactions to ‘the alleged Holocaust’. He argued: ‘The world must combat Zionism because it is more dangerous to human civilization than the Nazis…what we have to expose is Israeli exaggerations in order to show how Zionism is benefiting from the lies’, and the ‘Big Lie’ of the murder of Jews in crematoria is identified as his central concerns (Review published in Politics, vol 20, no 2, November 1985). The article in the July, 1990 edition of the monthly of the Red Cross-affiliated Palestinian Red Crescent, Balsam, was written by a Russian, Rim Ivanhoff, who claimed that the Jews invented the stories of genocide primarily to exact (sic) finances from Germany.
 Using an Arabic term generally used for ‘sucking blood’.
 An Nahar, 8/10/82, translation from the Arabic.
 ‘Thus the censorship should be’, in An Nahar, 12/4/84. She describes John Bennett’s opposition by prominent Australians who had found their names as apparent endorsers of ‘revisionism’ as ‘the fate of anyone who attempts to otuch this subject even though it may be from scientific, social, humanistic or analytical point of view’.
 Review published inPolitics, vol.20, no.2, November, 1985.
 For discussion of the above, see ‘Media Watch’, Australian Jewish Times, 30/5/85.
 For a discussion of anti-Jewism in the Australian debate over Israel’s 1982 war against the PLO in Lebanon, see J Jones, ‘Anti-Jewism’ in the 1982 publication of the Australian Union of Jewish Students, Not Tharunka. Numerous additional examples have been documented in ‘Media Watch’, Australian Jewish Times/News, since 1987.
Fredrick Töben - For the Record:
The following letter from Alan Goldberg is now familiar to most of Adelaide Institute’s readers. However, it needs to be published again because it indicates that Jeremy Jones, in the above article, misrepresents John Bennett’s quest for soliciting endorsements for his publication Your Rights. Jones remains silent about the pressure exerted upon individuals – behind the scene!
The recipient of this letter, Mrs Joyce Steele, OBE, was a former Education Minister in South Australia’s State Parliament. Its contents illustrates how Jewish interests at one time brazenly sent out letters to individuals, whom they did not like, in the hope that they would bend to Jewish pressure. Mrs Steele remained firm and did not withdraw her endorsement of Bennett’s Your Rights.
A Letter from Leonard Banks – Melbourne, Australia.
2 October 2007
I got your message that you paid a visit here about the time I was released from the rehabilitation centre. I appreciate your kind thoughts as to my welfare. I’m still a bit doddery and cannot move without a wheeled support to get me about the place. But in time I trust all will be well once more – the problem is that I am now ¾ inches shorter in my left leg to that of my right leg, which means my left shoe needs to be built up to balance my walking.
I was just reading The Guardian Weekly for July 6-12 July. It seems that Mr Vanunu – the nuclear scientist of Israel – having served an 18-year prison sentence and released to be confined in Israel for the rest of his life, has a kind of judicial sentence he must live by. He is not allowed to have conversations with foreigners at any time while going about his daily business. Evidently he is very carefully watched, and subsequently got caught out doing what he shouldn’t. He now has a court order to serve a six months’ prison sentence.
Fred, it is my belief that an act of forced repression to speak to a foreigner is a form of anti-Semitism – refusing to speak to a Jew – being a Gentile – is being anti-Semitic, a Jew refused the right to speak to a foreigner is likewise being anti-Semitic – there is no doubt about it.
When your case comes up this blarney about anti-Semitism requires a vigorous discussion – would he dispute that what I have stated is not being anti-Semitic? Israel being a supposed democracy must support free speech. Mr Vanunu has done his time. They have no right to load him with a ball and chain in setting him free. Not being allowed to hold a conversation with a foreigner is breaching an anti-Semitic belief of what friendship is all about. What if the foreigner is a Jew?
Fred, I doubt that Jeremy would want to discuss in court anything that would imply that Israel has a terrible weapon of mass destruction like atomic missiles.
Thanks for sending the newsletters – but why give space to Holocaust believers? When the law clearly states a murder must be investigated and the culprit apprehended and the weapon used to inflict the crime and how it was done. The non-discussion of the Holocaust restricts what is lawful.
All for now and kind regards - Len.
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