Holo­caust-mock­ing singer banned from so­cial me­dia

Irish Examiner - - World News - Rachael Bur­nett

A mu­si­cian who wrote and per­formed songs which mocked the Holo­caust has been banned from post­ing any­thing on so­cial me­dia.

Ali­son Ch­abloz up­loaded tunes to YouTube in­clud­ing one defin­ing Nazi death camp Auschwitz as “a theme park” and the gas cham­bers a “proven hoax”.

The 54-year-old was sen­tenced to 20 weeks’ im­pris­on­ment sus­pended for two years at West­min­ster Mag­is­trates’ Court in Lon­don yes­ter­day.

She was also banned from post­ing any­thing on so­cial me­dia for one year and or­dered to carry out 180 hours of un­paid work.

Dis­trict judge John Zani said Ch­abloz had shown “no proper re­morse” for her ac­tions.

“I don’t know whether you want to be a mar­tyr to your pur­ported cause — time will tell,” he added.

He warned the de­fen­dant that she will face jail if she breaches the court’s or­ders.

Ms Ch­abloz ap­peared in the dock wear­ing blue trousers and match­ing blouse and red stiletto heels.

The pub­lic gallery was packed with her sup­port­ers and mem­bers of the Cam­paign Against An­ti­semitism (CAA).

In a state­ment read to the court Stephen Sil­ver­man, of the CAA, de­scribed her videos as “re­pug­nant” and “one of the cru­ellest of the many man­i­fes­ta­tions of anti-Semitism”.

Swiss-Bri­tish dual na­tional Ch­abloz was pre­vi­ously con­victed of three charges re­lat­ing to three self-penned songs.

The songs were partly set to tra­di­tional Jewish folk mu­sic, with lyrics like: “Did the Holo­caust ever hap­pen? Was it just a bunch of lies?

“Seems that some in­tend to pull the wool over our eyes.”

The singer has de­fended her work as “satire”, say­ing many Jewish peo­ple find the songs funny.

Pros­e­cu­tor Karen Robin­son pre­vi­ously told the court: “They’re not po­lit­i­cal songs. They are no more than a dressed-up at­tack on a group of peo­ple for no more than their ad­her­ence to a re­li­gion.”

Adrian Davies, mit­i­gat­ing, said that the videos had not been widely viewed be­fore the court case.

He added that Ch­abloz has re­ceived death threats and rape threats since her con­vic­tion.

Ch­abloz, of Charlesworth, Glos­sop, Der­byshire, was con­victed of two counts of caus­ing an of­fen­sive, in­de­cent, or men­ac­ing mes­sage to be sent over a pub­lic com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work af­ter per­form­ing two songs at a Lon­don Fo­rum event in 2016. She was also con­victed over an­other charge re­lat­ing to a third song.

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