‘Other anti-Semites should take note.’
The alarming swell of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial in Europe received a blow this month when the British Crown Court reached a landmark decision to uphold the conviction of Alison Chabloz.
Chabloz was convicted last May of violating Britain’s Communications Act of 2003. The law stipulates that it is a criminal offense to send a message on a public network “that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character.”
A singer and blogger, Chabloz posted on her website and YouTube songs that Auschwitz is a “holy temple” and “theme park just for fools.” Among her many hate-filled claims, Chabloz sang to the Israeli folk songs of “Hevenu Shalom Aleichem” and “Hava Nagila” that the use of gas chambers by the Nazis to murder Jews was “a proven hoax,” that Anne Frank’s diary was faked and that Jewish people control the media, book publishing and TV industry.
In court, Chabloz said, “Jews are more likely to tell lies. In the Talmud, it’s even encouraged. Lying is following religious duty.” She said that “Jews are overrepresented in banking, finance and the media” and that Jewish people control Twitter.
Calling herself a Holocaust “revisionist” rather than a “denier,” Chabloz claims that only 600,000 Jewish people died in the Holocaust – not the factual number of 6 million – and blamed the Jewish people for those deaths.
She was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison (suspended for two years) and 180 hours of unpaid community service. She is banned from posting on social media for a year and must not contact the two people who initiated the case against her.
Landmark Decision Puts Anti-Semites on Notice
The case was initiated by the British non-profit, Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA), a volunteer-led charity dedicated to exposing and countering anti-Semitism “through education and zero-tolerance enforcement of the law,” according to the organization’s website.
“This sentence sends a strong message that, in Britain, Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories will not be tolerated,” CAA’s chairman, Gideon Falter, said.
“Alison Chabloz is a remorseless and repulsive anti-Semite who has spent years obsessively inciting others to hate Jews,” Falter continued, saying that Chabloz principally achieved this by claiming that the Holocaust was a hoax perpetrated by Jews to defraud the world.
“District Judge John Zani refused to make her a martyr,” Falter added, “leaving her a pathetic and insignificant figure who now has to learn to muzzle her incitement or face immediate imprisonment. Time will tell whether she manages.”
He also warned that other anti-Semites who believe that they can abuse the Jewish community online with impunity should take note.
In his comments about upholding the lower court’s conviction, Crown Court judge Christopher Hehir said, “[Chabloz] is manifestly anti-Semitic and utterly obsessed with what she perceives to be the wrongdoing of the Jews and their disproportionate influence in politics, the media and banking in particular. She appears to us quite simply to have lost all sense of perspective.”
Hehir said the song titled, “I Like the Story As It Is – Satire,” blames Jews for their own suffering and brands them as thieves, liars and usurpers.
The Lies They Tell
The Jewish Virtual Library website categorizes the beliefs of deniers into eight themes.
- Emigration, not extermination, was the Nazi plan for dealing with Germany’s “Jewish problem.”
- No Jewish people were gassed in any German camps.
- Jewish people who disappeared during WWII did so in territories under Soviet control.
- The majority of Jews who the Nazis killed were rightfully executed as subversives, spies and criminals.
- If the Holocaust claims have any truth, Israel would have opened its archives to historians rather than using the charge of anti-Semitism against anyone who questions it.
- All evidence to support the Holocaust “hoax” of 6 million dead rests upon misquotes of Nazis and Nazi documents.
- It is incumbent upon the accusers to prove the 6 million figure rather than forcing Germany to prove that it is incorrect.
- Jewish historians and other scholars have great discrepancies in their calculations of the number of victims, making the claims unverified.
Please pray with us that the alarming growth of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial will be snuffed out. Pray specifically:
- For Holocaust survivors to come to know Yeshua (Jesus) as their Jewish Messiah, and for God to comfort them in the face of their tragic memories. Pray also for the many Holocaust survivors currently spending their final days suffering in poverty
- That the world never forgets the evil of the Holocaust, and remembers it could happen again