Gerald Frederick Toben, a teacher who has argued the Holocaust never happened, was detained by police at Heathrow airport in London. He was held under a German arrest warrant issued in 2004 which alleges he had carried out “world wide Internet publication” of material that was anti-semitic, and denied, approved or played down the mass murder of Jews by Nazis during World War II. Toben appeared before the magistrate and angrily denied the government had a right to “to arrest me on British soil.” He was upset and claimed the British and German governments were cooperating to deny him his rights of free speech.
In a 2005 interview on Iranian television, Toben told the audience, “The Holocaust equals a lie. Therefore, Israel is built on a lie.” In the British court, Toben begged the magistrate “to le me leave the country, to kick me out. I promise never to return.”
As someone who has worked in Holocaust education for more than thirty years and despises everything Toben stands for, I still believe he has a right to his beliefs. There is no proof his words have directly led to harm to anyone and therefore this is not a case of “yelling fire in a crowded theater.” Let him go free and allow those who believe in free speech to defeat him in a contest of historical factual data vs his blind ignorance.