Norman Finkelstein praises Holocaust denier David Irving at pro-Corbyn group meeting
Far-left activists Prof David Miller, Jackie Walker, Marc Wadsworth and Chris Williamson also attended online gathering
By Lee Harpin
July 31, 2020 | The Jewish Chronicle [UK]
The anti-Israel activist Norman Finkelstein has told a meeting of the Labour Against The Witch-Hunt group: “I don’t know what a Holocaust denier is” - while backing what he said were “statistical, scholarly questions” around the question of whether six million Jews died in the Shoah.
The American left-wing icon also heaped praise on the discredited Nazi apologist David Irving at the virtual event, describing him as a “very good historian” who “knew a thing, or two or three.” [...]
Mr Finkelstein – whose own parents were the only members of his family to survive the Holocaust [...] said: “David Irving was a very good historian – I don’t care what Richard Evans (the historian who was a key player in the Lipstadt libel trial) says. He produced works that are substantive…If you don’t like it, don’t read it. In the case of Irving, he knew a thing or two – or three.”
Mr Finkelstein continued: “I don’t see the reason to get excited about Holocaust deniers. First of all I don’t know what a Holocaust denier even is. People say if you deny the centrality of the six million Jews being killed and you try to bring in other groups of people you become a Holocaust denier. Other people say if you deny the centrality of the gas chambers you become a Holocaust denier.”
Addressing what he said was “the question of numbers”, Mr Finkelstein said: “How many were killed? Those are statistical scholarly questions. Why can’t we answer a number with a number and present our sources?”
Does calling for open debate and saying the Holocaust is a "statistical scholarly question" itself constitute legally punishable Holocaust Denial, in mandatory-Holocaust-belief countries? How close is Finkelstein here to being labeled a Denier?