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  • Indonesian leader praises Jews

    SYDNEY, Australia, June 27 (JTA) — Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid told a meeting of leaders of Australia’s major religious communities that he has “learned very much from Judaism.” Wahid, a Muslim, made his comments during a meeting Tuesday with the leaders, who included representatives of the Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim faiths. He said…

  • Australian politicians apologize to Jewish groups

    SYDNEY, Australia, June 26 (JTA) — Two Australian politicians, claiming they were duped, have apologized to Jewish groups here after signing petitions connected to U.S. extremist Lyndon LaRouche. Peter Webb, a member of the legislative assembly of New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, said he signed a petition circulated by the Citizens’ Electoral Councils…

  • Australian Jews take Holocaust denier to court

    SYDNEY, Australia, April 5 (JTA) — Australian Jewish leaders have petitioned a court to order a Holocaust denier to remove revisionist material from his Internet site. The leaders of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry argued this week before Australia’s Federal Court that Frederick Toben has not complied with an order issued last October calling…

  • Accused Nazi war criminal dies in Australia

    SYDNEY, Australia, April 10 (JTA) – An Australian citizen who allegedly helped kill thousands of Jews during World War II died recently without ever facing trial. Jewish community leaders say the death of Karlis Ozols is a reminder of the failure of successive Australian governments to deal with alleged Nazi war criminals who immigrated to…

  • Australian Jews take Holocaust denier to court

    SYDNEY, Australia, April 5 (JTA) — Australian Jewish leaders have petitioned a court to order a Holocaust denier to remove revisionist material from his Internet site. The leaders of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry argued this week before Australia’s Federal Court that Frederick Toben has not complied with an order issued last October calling…

  • Politician, Holocaust denier joining forces in Australia

    SYDNEY, Australia, March 11 (JTA) — An Australian extremist is welcoming the support of the country’s most prominent Holocaust denier. Pauline Hanson, who sat for a term in Parliament as the sole representative of the One Nation Party, was invited to speak at the South Australian Press Club after her party gained representation in two…

  • Australian museum may hold Nazi-looted art

    SYDNEY, Australia, Feb. 28 (JTA) – Australia will investigate whether nine paintings at a government-run museum were looted by the Nazis. The paintings, housed at the New South Wales Art Gallery, include two highlights of the gallery’s European collection, George Braque’s “Landscape with Houses” and Ernst Kirchner’s “Three Bathers.” New South Wales Premier Bob Carr,…

  • School apologizes for Holocaust denial thesis

    SYDNEY, Australia, Dec. 24 (JTA) — A New Zealand university has apologized to the Jewish community for awarding a master’s degree to a student who had written a thesis denying the Holocaust. The 1993 thesis by Joel Hayward is cited regularly by neo-Nazis and other Holocaust deniers as evidence that they have academic support for…

  • Latvia wants alleged war criminal extradited

    SYDNEY, Dec. 13 (JTA) – Responding to an extradition request from Latvia, Australian officials have detained a war crimes suspect allegedly involved in the deaths of up to 30,000 Jews during World War II. Officials on Wednesday arrested Konrad Kalejs and later released him, but they took his passport to prevent him from fleeing the…

  • Mideast strife reaches Down Under

    SYDNEY, Australia, Nov. 29 (JTA) – Jewish leaders here are attributing a recent upsurge in anti-Semitic acts to the ongoing crisis in the Middle East. The leaders say they have received more than 100 reports of anti- Semitic incidents since Oct. 1, shortly after the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian violence began. More than 50 incidents…