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A German-born Australian citizen, Fredrick Toben, was arrested as he passed through Heathrow by British police acting under an EU arrest warrant issued by the German authorities. The Germans have accused him of publishing antisemitic Holocaust-denial material on his Australian website. The train tracks at Birkenau. Such lies are used to whip up hatred against the Jewish people by effectively accusing them of fabricating claims of genocide.
Holocaust-denial is, indeed, a modern form of Jew-hatred. But, through gritted teeth, I have to say that I am totally against the extradition of this man and appalled at the political and legal developments that have brought these moves about. There are two fundamental issues at stake here. First is the threat to the principle of freedom of speech.
Freedom of speech is a bedrock of our society. For similar reasons, we also outlaw incitement to racial hatred. But we draw a distinction, for example, between inciting hatred of people for what they inescapably are, which we rightly treat as a crime, and inciting hatred of their views, which we see as part of the cut and thrust of a liberal democratic society.
A group of Jews are escorted from the Warsaw Ghetto by German soldiers. After all, you could make exactly the same point that the current vilification of Israel and the denial that it is the victim of aggression in the Middle East has led to an upsurge in violence and prejudice against Jews worldwide.
Even more fundamentally, classic English literature is stuffed with anti- Jewish stereotypes and attitudes. But no one would suggest that expressing such opinions about Israel should therefore be made a crime, or that such literary classics should be censored. Prisoner held in a Nazi concentration camp. In a free society, the proper antidote to the dissemination of lies is the expression of the truth.
The arch Holocaust-denier David Irving was jailed for this crime in Austria. Did that expunge his poison? Of course not; if anything, it helped him pose as a martyr. That is the British way of doing things. But what is so disturbing about the Toben case is that we may be forced to become accomplices to a view which is inimical to our own. If Toben is extradited, this will mean that Britain will be treating as a criminal suspect someone who is accused of behaviour which is not regarded as a crime in this country.
Moreover, it is not just foreigners but British citizens who in theory can now be arrested in the UK and extradited to a country which accuses them of committing a crime there which is not treated as a crime here. But we do not. Both Germany and Austria have a very particular reason for criminalising Holocaust-denial. Given their appalling history, they are understandably terrified that it will help bring about a revival of Nazism.
They are entitled to reach such a conclusion and enshrine it in their own law. By signing up to the European arrest warrant, however, we have removed that most precious privilege.
Its scope is dangerously imprecise. But these prejudices are notoriously difficult to define. Indeed, those who object to the EU arrest warrant and the EU project itself as an attack on national sovereignty are themselves routinely accused of xenophobia.
David Irving was jailed for three years for a speech he made denying the existence of gas chambers at Auschwitz. These zealots appear to believe that hatred and prejudice can be expunged from the human heart through the exercise of the law. More from Melanie Phillips for the Daily Mail
Gerald Fredrick Töben
Activities[ edit ] Supporters of the Institute have in the past been active in organisations such as Australians For Free Speech, which held a rally in The Institute has also been implicated in distributing Holocaust denialist material through mainstream and alternative publications. Letters to the editor and talk radio appear to be the favourite means of disseminating the worldview of the Institute. The activity of the Institute appears to have declined since its initial burst of activity in the mids. The Institute does however still maintain a website on which statements on various issues are posted from time to time. Kerry Bolton ,  a New Zealand political activist   who published many books promoting an extreme neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic viewpoint. He is widely cited as holding nationalist views and was involved in several nationalist and fascist political groups in New Zealand.
Gerald Fredrick Töben
A German-born Australian citizen, Fredrick Toben, was arrested as he passed through Heathrow by British police acting under an EU arrest warrant issued by the German authorities. The Germans have accused him of publishing antisemitic Holocaust-denial material on his Australian website. The train tracks at Birkenau. Such lies are used to whip up hatred against the Jewish people by effectively accusing them of fabricating claims of genocide. Holocaust-denial is, indeed, a modern form of Jew-hatred. But, through gritted teeth, I have to say that I am totally against the extradition of this man and appalled at the political and legal developments that have brought these moves about.