Unkle Friedrich Töben is in an Adelaide court room this morning, where he will learn just how much time he will be forced to spend time behind bars for his contempt. Of court. His website poses the following questions:
- Yatala Gulag – will this be Dr Töben’s home for the next three months???
Is this the FINAL SOLUTION for Dr Töben?
Will he be fit for work – or will he be gassed immediately upon arrival?
I’m not of the opinion that someone who talks shit about the Holocaust — memorably described by Uncle Noam Chomsky as “the most fantastic outburst of collective insanity in human history” — should be subjected to anything other than ridicule, but the possibility of Mr T being sent down appears to have more to do with his failure to follow court orders than it does the crime of ‘denial’. Of course, the original, civil case brought against Fred in 2002 (1996) by Jeremy Jones (then the head of the ECAJ; see Jones v Toben) depended upon the court’s interpretation of what constitutes material what vilifies Jews.
The [Federal Court of Australia] found the respondent guilty of contempt of court for breach of orders and an undertaking given by the respondent. The orders and undertaking restrained the respondent from publishing material denying the Holocaust in breach of the (CTH) Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Act). The court considered the Act’s 18D academic purpose exemption, (CTH) Australian Citizenship Act 2007 and certainty of the orders in reaching its conclusion.
One of the more significant aspects of the case — and others like it — is the questions it raises regarding the links between historical denial/revisionism, anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Thus Mr. T quotes, with apparent approval, the following on his s(h)ite: “If the Holocaust can be shown to be a Zionist myth, the strongest of all weapons in Israel’s propaganda armoury collapses.” ~ Professor W D Rubenstein (Quadrant, September 1979). Also of note in this context is ‘The Pope vs Holocaust deniers’ by Nigel Mitchell (Eureka Street, May 25, 2009): “Holocaust denial needs to be seen from a global and historical perspective. It is not merely the advancement of a harmless, eccentric set of ideas. It is the deliberate denial of verifiable historical evidence.”
And of course, it will be interesting to see what happens to the nutty Perth anti-Semite Brendon O’Connell in the trials to come. Further, what impact, if any, his trial will have on the fun and games engaged in by other amateur anti-Semites. One of the most vicious of these, in my opinion, is Martin Fletcher, a member of the Australian Protectionist Party and web-maintainerer of the Down Under Newslinks site. I ain’t no lawyer, but I reckon that his re-publication of shit like The Myth of the Six Million, The International Jew, Did Six Million Really Die? and The Protocols of Zion — as well as reproducing ‘Anti-Jew posters’ produced by Serbian fascists during WWII and other crazy shit — could be interpreted as ‘vilification’…
One thing that Martin has in his favour is the full support of the Australian Protectionist Party.