Holocaust-mocking singer banned from social media
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.