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Please find below the May 2002 text-only edition of ADC ONLINE. To receive
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"ADC ONLINE" - Vol.3, No.2, May 2002

An online journal of the
B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission,
presenting news and analysis of far-right
activity in Australia and the world.
ISSN 1445-0402
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CONTENTS
* Far right gathers in solidarity
* SA politician attends fringe forum
* Undressing antisemitism






***** Far right gathers in solidarity

Members of Australia’s far right have converged on Launceston, Tasmania to
lend
their support to a local woman appearing in the Federal Court over the
distribution
of antisemitic material.
Former schoolteacher Olga Scully, is fighting an order that seeks to enforce
a 2000
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) ruling that found she
had breached the Racial Discrimination Act. The Commission ordered her stop
disseminating antisemitic literature and to apologise to the Jewish
Community.
Ms Scully, who has addressed a function organised by Australia’s oldest
extremist
organisation, the Australian League of Rights, has distributed leaflets that
HREOC
found would “offend, insult, humiliate and intimidate” Jews.
The League, clearly concerned about the plight of one of their own, has
called on
Tasmanian members to attend court and give her “moral and prayer” support.
Listed as the Tasmanian associate of the notorious holocaust denying
Adelaide Institute,
she was helped in her defence by institute director Fredrick Toben.
Mr Toben, who was jailed in Germany in 1999, for denying the Holocaust, is
due to
face court to answer complaints over his web site, which was found to
contain “insulting
and offensive” expressions against Jews.
His colleague, Associate Director of the Adelaide Institute Geoff Muirden,
was
reportedly also on hand to proffer support.
Not known for being discreet about his views, Mr Muirden once targeted a
member of
the clergy with a series of antisemitic letters in which he claimed that the
“Church had
sunk so low that it is in bed with the Antichrist (the Jew) and doesn’t even
know it”.
Elsewhere, Mr Muirden described Jews as belonging to the “Synagogue of
 Satan” and
is listed as the research officer for the racist Australian Civil Liberties
Union.
Local Holocaust revisionist Ken McCaffrey, was also present and testified in
support
of Ms Scully. In the past, he has claimed that Anne Frank’s diary was a fake
and that
investigations “fail to reveal any evidence of gassings”.
Similarly supportive was Denis Collins, a former member of the Country
Liberal Party
in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, who stood as a One Nation
candidate
at the last Federal election.
In court, Mr Collins described Olga Scully as a “watchman” of the Christian
faith, but
his own claim to fame came in 1991, when Collins used parliamentary
privilege to
attack Jewish community organisations as being responsible for “pornography
and
associated crimes”.
Several years, later Mr Collins admitted to being a member of the
notoriously racist
Citizens Electoral Council, an offshoot of the American based La Rouche
organisation.
When Mr Collins was asked to explain his right wing views, he sought to use
biblical
texts and claimed that that Jews not only controlled the world economy, but
also belonged
to the “synagogue of Satan”.
As ADC Online goes to print, a decision has yet to be handed down.



***** SA politician attends fringe forum

An elected member of South Australia’s Legislative Council, recently gave a
speech at
a far-right meeting of the minds.
Andrew Evans, a senior Pastor with the Assemblies of God and the only
parliamentary
representative of Family First, spoke at the right wing “Adelaide Forum”
about the role his
party would play in the State.
Sponsored by the Australian Freedom Foundation, the forum had promised to
address the
issue of whether world events were being “shaped by conspiratorial forces”.
The Foundation claims that its membership consists of “committed Christians”
and that
“true Christians” have a duty to oppose ungodly laws.
Its executive director Doug Giddings, has spoken of his belief in the
conspiracy of the
control of world government by a “powerful group of people,” and in 1995,
acted as the
South Australian organiser for the unsuccessful tour by visiting US extreme
right-winger
Jack McLamb.
Joining Mr Evans at the forum were
· Rob Lowe, a long time activist with the Sporting Shooters’ Association;
· John Hepworth, Bishop of the Continuing Anglican Church;
· Neil Russell-Taylor, One Nation South Australian president.
Christian lay preacher and fellow speaker Bruce Hannaford, promoted the
event on his
website and roundly condemned Christian churches as both wrong and “poor
Bible students”
for speaking up for illegal immigrants in Australia.
He also accused Muslims of having a “religious duty” to kill all infidels
such as “Christian
Australians”.


***** Undressing antisemitism

The conflict in the Middle East has been enthusiastically manipulated by
Australian
far-right organisations in an effort to disguise their antisemitic attacks
as legitimate
criticisms of Israel.
In a recent slur, the Victorian extremist newspaper The Strategy claimed
that Israel was
responsible for the terrorist attack against the United States on September
11 last year. In
his article, The Strategy reporter Willem Lankhorst attacks Jews as having
been:
· targeted by “intensive Israel-Homeland brainwashing”;
· conditioned never to forget the Holocaust;
· killed in the Holocaust so that “survivors could be enticed” to settle in
Israel;
· “sacrificed” during World War II by the global elite for the “penultimate
global empire”.
Not to be outdone, the Australian League of Rights publication On Target is
keen to use
the same tactic.
This organisation’s national director Betty Luks has described “the
underlying philosophy
of Judaism” as a one way street, and is also eager to promote a blood libel
claiming that
Israel is killing Palestinian boys and “harvesting their body parts for
organ transplants”.
The full article which is taken from the website of Holocaust denier David
Irving, states
that Israeli doctors had “extracted vital organs” from the bodies of
Palestinians killed by
the Israeli Army in Gaza and the West Bank.

Copyright (c) 2002 B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission Inc.
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ADC ONLINE is a publication of the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission
Inc. (ADC), a national Australian organisation dedicated to researching and
combating all forms of racism.

Prepared by Mr Mark Briskin

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The B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission Inc. (ADC)
is a national organisation dedicated to researching
and combatting all forms of racism.

PO Box 450, Caulfield South, Vic 3162, Australia.
Phone 61-3-9527-1228 Fax 61-3-9525-9127
Email antidef@optusnet.com.au

ADC Board of Advisers:
The Rt Hon Sir Zelman Cowen AK GCMG GCVO QC DCL (pres.),
Sir Walter Campbell AC,
The Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH,
The Hon RJL Hawke AC,
Professor Lowitja O'Donoghue AC CBE,
The Rt Hon Sir Ninian Stephen KG AK GCMG GCVO KBE,
The Hon Neville Wran AC QC

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