SYDNEY, Australia (Oct. 21)
The Toronto lawyer who has defended Nazi war criminals and neo-Nazi activists in Canada has been spreading anti-Semitic and Holocaust revisionist propaganda in Australia, in the familiar guise of “Zionist conspiracy” theories.
Douglas Christie, the lawyer for revisionist pamphleteer Ernst Zundel and several suspected war criminals living in Canada, has been on a speaking tour for the Australian League of Rights, a racist organization that has sponsored his appearances in Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane.
Christie told radio listeners in Adelaide, South Australia, last week that “the majority of historians” were proved wrong on the Holocaust by his client Zundel, whose first conviction was reversed on a technicality.
He claimed the figure of 6 million Jewish Holocaust dead was concocted to satisfy a political agenda rather than reflect historical events and that an “international Zionist conspiracy” is trying to impose “a reign of terror” against “anyone who denies the Holocaust in Australia.”
Jewish groups accused the Australian Broadcasting Corp. of unintentionally promoting racist propaganda by failing to identify Christie as the defender of several suspected war criminals.
They pointed out that his sponsor is an organization identified in the latest report of the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission as “the most influential and effective, as well as the best organized and most substantially financed, racist organization in Australia.”
Christie claimed that legislation recently adopted in Canada and Australia to bring war criminals to justice was introduced to satisfy the “desire and objective of Zionist groups.” Such legislation is “opposed to the Christian vision of justice,” he said.