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Mel Has to Act

Mel’s father is repeating his anti-Semitic rhetoric, placing his famous son under even more pressure.

A week before the United States release of Mel Gibson’s controversial movie, The Passion of the Christ, the filmmaker’s father has repeated claims the Holocaust was exaggerated.

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In his interview on WSNR radio’s Speak Your Piece, to be broadcast on Monday, Hutton Gibson, argued that many European Jews counted as death camp victims of the Nazi regime had in fact fled to countries like Australia and the United States.

“It’s all — maybe not all fiction — but most of it is,” he said, adding that the gas chambers and crematoria at camps like Auschwitz would not have been capable of exterminating so many people.

“Do you know what it takes to get rid of a dead body? To cremate it?” he said. “It takes a litre of petrol and 20 minutes. Now, six million of them? They (the Germans) did not have the gas to do it. That’s why they lost the war.”

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During his lengthy radio interview, Hutton Gibson, 85, said Jews were out to create “one world religion and one world government” and outlined a conspiracy theory involving Jewish bankers, the US Federal Reserve and the Vatican, among others.

But there’s more.

Gibson Senior recently attended the Fourth International Conference on Authentic History, Real News and The First Amendment in Virginia, speaking about the Declining Influence of Roman Catholicism. You can read all about it here at the website of the Adelaide Institute (Here is more on this anti-Semitic group). Other speakers included:

  • Willis Carto, who read out an advertisement from Ingrid Z¸ndel, the wife of Ernst Zundel
  • Father John O’Connor, who spoke about the (il)legitimacy of the State of Israel

    As you can see, Gibson Senior hasn’t just made a few terrible comments, which may or may not have been a consequence of senility. He is actively involved in the holocaust denial and Jew-hating business, and mixes with some of the most vicious anti-Semites alive today. Surely his son knows about this. Yet Junior refuses to criticize his father.

    In a television interview with Diane Sawyer this week, Mel Gibson accused the Times of taking advantage of his father, and he warned Sawyer against broaching the subject again.

    “He’s my father. Gotta leave it alone Diane. Gotta leave it alone,” Gibson said, while offering his own perspective on the Holocaust.

    Nor contradict his father’s denials that six million Jews were murdered in the holocaust. Rather, he gives vague answers to skirt the issue.

    “Do I believe that there were concentration camps where defenceless and innocent Jews died cruelly under the Nazi regime? Of course I do; absolutely,” he said. “It was an atrocity of monumental proportion.”

    The fact that Junior has made a film that allegedly portrays Jews in a negative light places the onus on him to unequivocally dissociate himself from his father’s views. He has so far failed to do this, placing his own views about Jews under further suspicion.

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    David Lange

    A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
    Picture of David Lange

    David Lange

    A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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