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...Universities, colleges and student unions have lined up to tell the Jewish Chronicle that [David Irving] would not be welcome on their premises.

London, Friday, October 5, 2007


Deny David Irving

AS FAR as comeback tours go, David Irving's ranks about as highly as a Eurovision 1986 reunion. It is difficult to believe, as he claims, that there are as many as twenty places across Britain willing to host him and his detestable views.

Indeed, universities, colleges and student unions have lined up to tell the JC that the notorious Holocaust denier -- who served time in an Austrian prison for espousing unlawfully pernicious views -- would not be welcome on their premises. This is a sterling example of how civil society, rather than the law, must on occasion act to take a moral stand.

It is perfectly legal in this country for Irving to publish, promote and otherwise spew his pseudo-academic nonsense. Freedom of speech is one of the principles our society holds most dear. But we need to protect that privilege from those who abuse it -- Holocaust-deniers, racists and hate-mongers included.

That is why we urge any public-hall booking clerk, university administrator or private landlord to refuse to give Irving a platform when his people come calling.

For if each of them denies the existence of David Irving, in their own small ways, then that will minimise his opportunities to preach his poison from a public stage -- and lo, he will diminish even further in the public mind.

The risks of doing otherwise were in evidence last week, when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran, was granted a platform at Columbia University in New York. Ahmadinejad emerged the clear winner from the encounter, despite such ludicrous statements as "In Iran, we don't have homosexuals like in your country" (raising the question of why Tehran enforces the death penalty for a non-existent phenomenon).

No; such people must be starved the oxygen of oratory at every opportunity.

[Website comment: "Starve them of oxygen?" Gas them, perhaps?]


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David Irving: A Radical's Diary: On The Forward interview on the Holocaust, and the interesting "Mel Gibson" theory that the Jews have been behind many of last century's wars
David Irving: A Radical's Diary: Hysterical efforts by the don't-debate-them, anti-free speech gang meet some success
Bruce Hyman, barrister-journalist who smeared David Irving after Lipstadt Trial, is jailed for fraud | A November 2001 article by Bruce Hyman for the London Evening Standard

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