Ch­abloz on trial for ‘grossly of­fen­sive’ videos

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A BLOG­GER who posted videos of her­self per­form­ing songs in which she de­nied the Holo­caust took place, mocked sur­vivors and de­scribed Auschwitz as a “theme park”, went on trial this week.

Ali­son Ch­abloz, 53, who describes her­self as a “Holo­caust re­vi­sion­ist” ap­peared at West­min­ster Mag­is­trates Court on Wed­nes­day ac­cused of post­ing three an­ti­semitic songs on YouTube in Septem­ber 2016.

Ms Ch­abloz is rep­re­sented by bar­ris­ter Adrian Davies, who ap­peared for Holo­caust de­nier David Irv­ing at the Court of Ap­peal in 2001.

Ms Ch­abloz was joined in court by more than 20 sup­port­ers. Af­ter the play­ing of one of the songs, they ap­plauded from the public gallery, which led to Dis­trict Judge John Zani warn­ing them they would be re­moved.

The case was orig­i­nally brought as a pri­vate prose­cu­tion by the char­ity the Cam­paign Against An­tisemitism but has now been picked up by the Crown Prose­cu­tion Ser­vice which pre­vi­ously had re­fused to take it on.

In one of the songs, called (((Sur­vivors))) Ms Ch­abloz mocked Holo­caust sur­vivors Irene Zis­blatt and Elie Wiezel, in­sin­u­at­ing that their ac­counts were made up to make money. She also ques­tioned the au­thor­ship of Anne

Frank’s diary. As the song was played in court Ms Ch­abloz was seen mouthing along and her sup­port­ers were sway­ing along with the mu­sic.

In lyrics to her song, en­ti­tled Nemo’s An­ti­semitic Uni­verse, she branded Auschwitz a “theme park” and the gas cham­bers a “hoax” and de­scribed the Holo­caust as a “Holo­hoax”. She also sang “Isra-hell is a geno­ci­dal state with no right to ex­ist”. Prose­cu­tor Karen Robin­son said the songs “are an­ti­semitic, they are tar­get­ing the Jewish peo­ple as a whole and use both their con­tent and their tone to en­sure max­i­mum of­fence.

“The songs are de­signed to pro­voke max­i­mum up­set and dis­com­fort. By the stan­dards of an open and multi-racial so­ci­ety they are grossly of­fen­sive.”

Ms Ch­abloz, from Der­byshire, is charged with five counts of im­proper use of a public elec­tronic com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work to send mes­sages de­scribed as “grossly of­fen­sive, in­de­cent or ob­scene”. She de­nies the charges.

The case was ad­journed to March 7.

PHOTO: PA

Ali­son Ch­abloz

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