The Melbourne Underground
Film Festival is set to screen Irving's The Search for Truth in
History this Thursday, followed by a live telephone interview
with the British historian.
Yesterday the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
rejected the Jewish Community Council of Victoria's bid for an
interim injunction to block the Irving documentary and interview,
plus another film titled The Israel-Palestine Conflict: A
Judge Michael Higgins said there were no grounds to support the
council's claim that the films and interview would racially vilify
"In the circumstances, I do not see any detriment to the public's
interest," Judge Higgins said.
But the council's president, Michael Lipshutz, vowed to continue
the fight, saying he would appeal against the tribunal decision.
"Racism and anti-semitism must be stopped, wherever it is found,"
Mr Lipshutz said.
"We're deeply disappointed because I think it's incomprehensible
that anyone could say that the denial of the Holocaust and the fact
that six million Jews died isn't offensive and doesn't vilify Jews."
Festival director Richard Wolstencroft said the decision upheld
the principles of free speech.
Mr Wolstencroft said he disagreed with Irving's theories but
believed the historian had a right to express them.