Australia

Adelaide Shoah-denier faces jail

By Dan Goldberg, August 15, 2008

A revisionist historian living in Adelaide may be jailed for allegedly defying a Federal Court order to remove all Holocaust-denial material from his website.

Fredrick Toben, of the notorious Adelaide Institute, is waiting for the verdict of a contempt-of-court hearing brought by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. He pleaded not guilty last week to 28 charges alleging he breached a 2002 Federal Court order to remove all Shoah denial from his website.

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Australian billionaire says funds ‘donated to Israel’

By Dan Goldberg, July 25, 2008

Australia's second-richest man has claimed that the $68 million (£34m) a US Senate report accuses him of hiding from tax authorities was donated to charities in Israel.

The allegation came via the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in a hearing last Thursday, prompting Frank Lowy - who fled Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust and fought in Israel's 1948 War of Independence - to issue a vehement denial.

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Fears over Papal visit to Sydney

By Dan Goldberg, July 18, 2008

Five Australian Jews have been invited to meet Pope Benedict XVI during his first visit to Sydney amid continuing concerns about a planned re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross.

They are among 40 interfaith leaders — including Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and others — who will meet the Pope at St Mary’s Cathedral on Friday.

Pope Benedict is in Sydney for World Youth Day, a six-day celebration with  an estimated 500,000 people expected at the closing papal mass on July 20.

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Oz official exits over hate mail

May 16, 2008

A senior Liberal Party official in Australia who described a fellow party candidate as a “greedy f***ing Jew” has resigned. Susan Chandler, the campaign manager for the Victoria branch of the party, also apologised to Adam Held, a Jewish candidate who stood unsuccessfully at last November’s federal election, for sending an email referring to him as a “greedy f***ing Jew” after he had requested more campaign material to distribute.

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‘Terrorist’ threats on Facebook

By Dan Goldberg, April 11, 2008

A Jewish woman living in Melbourne is believed to have received a death threat from a man claiming to be a member of Hizbollah on the social networking website Facebook.

Australian counter-terror experts launched an investigation last week following the threat by a man called Ibrahim Dirani, according to a report in The Australian newspaper on Saturday.

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