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A British blogger has had her conviction upheld for broadcasting antisemitic songs. Alison Chabloz is an active Holocaust denier, updating her blog regularly with antisemitic content. She has also written and published extremely offensive antisemitic songs in the past.
In May 2018 Chabloz was convicted of three charges, all relating to antisemitic songs she wrote. She performed her songs for the far-right London Forum group, and shared recordings of this performance online. Two of her charges are related to this act; she was convicted of causing an offensive, indecent or menacing message to be sent over a public communications network.
She was sentenced to 20 weeks' imprisonment, suspended for two years and banned from social media for 12 months. She was given a suspended jail sentence, which she appealed. On February 13th, this conviction was upheld.
The case started as a private prosecution by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism before the Crown Prosecution Service took over.
The songs in question referred to Auschwitz as a “theme park just for fools” and the gas chambers a “proven hoax”. The judge on the case, Christopher Hehir, spoke about one of the songs: “It blames Jews for their sufferings and brands them as thieves, liars and usurers. That is woven into sickening Holocaust-related references to shrunken heads, soaps, lampshades and smoke coming from crematorium chimneys. We are sure that she wrote and performed it because she hates Jews.”
The conviction is a first of its kind in the UK; there have been no convictions in the past over Holocaust denial.
Judge Hehir said at the hearing: “"While each song has Holocaust denial at its heart, in no case do the lyrics restrict themselves to that. Rather they weave together Holocaust denial and hateful attacks on Jewish people generally by reference to well-known antisemitic tropes."