‘Remorseless, Repulsive’ UK Antisemite Loses Court Appeal Over Conviction for Holocaust Denial on Social Media, in Landmark Judgement
A British woman described as a “repulsive and remorseless antisemite” lost her court appeal on Wednesday against a criminal conviction she received in 2018 for spreading Holocaust denial on the internet.
Amateur musician Alison Chabloz, 54, was sentenced by a British judge to 20 weeks’ imprisonment last June, suspended for two years, for the threatening messages and antisemitic songs that she posted to her YouTube channel.
The former cruise ship crooner was seen in the videos accompanying herself on the piano as she sang grossly offensive lyrics that poked fun at the Holocaust and recycled classic antisemitic smears.
One line of a song read: “Now Auschwitz, holy temple, is a theme park just for fools, the gassing zone a proven hoax, indoctrination rules.” Another raved: “History repeats itself, no limit to our wealth, thanks to your debts we’re bleeding you dry … Sheeple have no realization, you shall pay, all the way, until the break of day.”
Upholding Chabloz’s conviction from last year, Judge Christopher Hehir told her firmly: “We take judicial notice of the fact that the Holocaust occurred.”
Judge Hehir described Chabloz as “a Holocaust denier” who was “manifestly antisemitic and obsessed with the wrongdoing of Jews.” Referring to her song mocking Auschwitz, the judge declared: “It is by no means an exaggeration to call this song disgusting.”
Chabloz made no attempt to dilute her views during her appeal, telling the court, “There’s no evidence of gas chambers. Gas chambers were used for disinfection purposes, as life-saving devices.”
Gideon Falter — chair of the UK’s Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAAS), which initially brought the case against Chabloz — hailed the upholding of her conviction. “This is the first conviction in the UK over Holocaust denial on social media,” Falter pointed out. “The Crown Court is a court of record, meaning that its judgement upholding the previous Magistrates’ Court decision sets a new precedent in British law.”
Calling Chabloz “a remorseless and repulsive antisemite who has spent years obsessively inciting others to hate Jews,” Falter cautioned that “other antisemites who believe that they can abuse the Jewish community online with impunity should take note.”