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Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, August 4, 2004
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Hundreds want me to come, says Irving


CONTROVERSIAL Holocaust historian [sic.] David Irving claims he has received hundreds of emails from New Zealanders who do not believe he should be banned from entering the country.

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David Irving comments:

NOW LET'S see extracts from my own diary note on this interview with Ms. Gregory.

11:30-44 pm a long phone call from Angela Gregory of the New Zealand Herald (oddly logged as coming from the Turks & Caicos islands); wants the whole background, am I coming, have I been notified I am not going to be allowed in, etc.
    She said a Question is being asked in the NZ Parliament in a few hours about it, and can she phone again then?
   I say, sure. She said that a lot of people are supporting my right to come in. I say I have had lots of emails from Kiwis and Australians too who are planning to fly over to hear me. I say that if some petty immigration official puts an X against my name, that is when the real legal battle will begin.
   I suggest that the little Immigration person she spoke to should perhaps study the law again as it impinges on UK permanent residents, and also have a look at the NZ Bill of Rights, with what it says about freedom of thought and speech, and then she should ask him how many other visitors have been denied entry recently on the grounds of having been deported elsewhere twelve years ago! Good idea, she said.
   Twice I emphasize Judge Gray's comments on my being the world's leading authority on WW2.
   A Question in Parliament sounds like a put-up job, to enable the Government to huff and puff and smear me in a privileged environment.
   I say that I am not speaking about the Holocaust, so I can't really see why the Jews have got their knickers in a twist, always assuming that they wear knickers.
   Why the Government should be listening to a section of the community who are now distinctly unpopular in New Zealand mystifies me, a point she also got.

Irving said from his Florida home yesterday that he was getting a lot of support from people wanting him to visit next month.

Immigration Service officials have barred him because he has been deported from another country.

He questioned what the "jumped-up" officials thought they were doing just because he was "set up" 12 years ago by Canadian officials who flew him out of the country in handcuffs.


"I plan to talk about the problems in reporting on that subject in a free society ... I'm not talking about the Holocaust. I don't know why the Jews have got their knickers in a twist."

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