Israeli columnist argues (correctly) that Irving should not be in prison
Levy is very right about some matters and very wrong about others. Sounds like the rest of us.
HAARETZ Last update - 08:52 26/02/2006
Denial is not a reason for arrest
By Gideon Levy
Words do not kill. So there is no statement for which it is permissible to send a person to prison. Freedom of speech is absolute, even when that which is spoken is as despicable and ridiculous as Holocaust denial. Those who start to doubt that principle will not know where to stop. Is denial of the Jewish Holocaust deserving of punishment while denial of the Armenian Holocaust, perpetrated by the Turks, is not? And why not? Because "only" a million and a half people were destroyed there?