He stands or sits alone on one side of the courtroom, while the large defence team occupies most of the rest of it. In his opening statement he referred several times to the existence of an "international endeavour" to destroy his name and career as a writer. He menacingly promised that "the Jewish community, their fame and fortunes, play a central role in these proceedings".
Lest there be any doubt about that particular role, he avers that he was "the target of a hidden international attempt" to silence him. Naming names, Irving has pointed the finger at the American Jewish Anti-Defamation League and its equivalents in Britain, Canada, and Australia. Bizarre as they may be, these accusations will resonate beyond the odd collection of his supporters huddled in the Irving corner of the public gallery.
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* The Guardian, January 18, 2000.