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Precedent Setting UK Conviction for Spreading Holocaust Denial on the Internet Upheld

An anti-Semitic amateur musician, who compared Auschwitz to a “theme park” and called the “gassing zone a proven hoax,” lost her court appeal on Wednesday against a criminal conviction she received in 2018 for spreading Holocaust denial on social media, The Daily Mail reported.

Judge Christopher Hehir, assisted by a lay magistrate, upheld the conviction over three songs in which Alison Chabloz denounced a supposed Jewish conspiracy to control the government and mocked the Holocaust.

This is the first conviction in Britain over Holocaust denial on the internet and sets a new precedent in British law.

Last year, Westminster Magistrates’ Court sentenced Chabloz to a 20-week suspended prison sentence, 180 hours of unpaid community service, and an order banning her from social media for 12 months. She was also ordered to pay a £115 ($148) victim surcharge and court costs of £600 ($771).

Alison Chabloz arrived at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday wearing a “white pride” badge associated with neo-Nazi groups and the Ku Klux Klan.

When asked during the appeal if she thinks Jews are responsible for their own persecution, Chabloz charged that a “certain amount of evidence occurred throughout history” to support that view. She also described herself as a “revisionist,” and claimed Jewish deaths during the Holocaust were wildly exaggerated.

“Jews were deported, sent to camps but they were prisoner camps,” she said. “There’s no evidence of gas chambers. Gas chambers were used for disinfection purposes, as life-saving devices.” Chabloz also claimed that the Jewish community has disproportionate power and influence, saying that “Jews are over-represented in banking, finance, the media. There’s information that’s out there. 8% in the Houses of Parliament.”

Judge Hehir, in return, described Chabloz as “a Holocaust denier…she is manifestly antisemitic and obsessed with the wrongdoing of Jews.” He added that on the subject of the Holocaust, “she has lost all sense of perspective.”

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, the group which brought forward a private prosecution against Chabloz, said: “Many brave British patriots died in the cause of defeating the Nazis. Alison Chabloz is no patriot and her actions defending the Nazis and claiming that the Holocaust was a fraud seek to defile their sacrifice. This sentence sends a strong message that in Britain, Holocaust denial and antisemitic conspiracy theories will not be tolerated.

“Alison Chabloz is a remorseless and repulsive antisemite who has spent years obsessively inciting others to hate Jews, principally by claiming that the Holocaust was a hoax perpetrated by Jews to defraud the world. Other antisemites who believe that they can abuse the Jewish community online with impunity should take note.”

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