SYDNEY University’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies has received an unwelcome endorsement from Australia’s most notorious Holocaust denier.
Fredrick Toben — who has served prison time in both Germany and Australia as a result of his Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic activities — has written an open letter to the centre’s head, associate professor Jake Lynch, urging him to stand firm in the face of legal threats over its support for the anti-Israeli Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
Shurat HaDin – Israeli civil rights legal centre has threatened to take legal action against Associate Professor Lynch and the Sydney Peace Foundation director, professor emeritus Stuart Rees.
Shurat HaDin alleges that their support for BDS violates the Racial Discrimination Act.
Dr Toben has encouraged Professor Lynch to stand firm in the face of “Jewish pressure”.
“My constant maxim has always been: ‘Don’t only blame the Jews, also blame those that bend to their pressure’,” he wrote.
“I have had this kind of Jewish pressure put on me for just on 17 years, which ultimately led to my imprisonment and bankruptcy, but I still did not bend.