The notorious antisemite Alison Chabloz is facing a charge of incitement to racial hatred, which carries a potential prison term of seven years if she is convicted. The charge follows action by Campaign Against Antisemitism.
Ms Chabloz is being charged under section 21 of the Public Order Act 1986, which covers incitement to racial hatred when a defendant “distributes, or shows or plays, a recording of visual images or sounds which are threatening, abusive or insulting and [s]he intends thereby to stir up racial hatred, or having regard to all the circumstances racial hatred is likely to be stirred up thereby.”
The charge concerns a video of the scene in the classic Oliver Twist film when Fagin, a fictitious Jewish criminal (a character that has come under significant criticism over the past century for its antisemitic depiction), is explaining to his newest recruit how his legion of children followers pick pockets. Ms Chabloz uploaded the video and sings an accompanying song of her own about how Jews are greedy, “grift” for “shekels” and cheat on their taxes.
The video appears to be either a bizarre fundraising effort for her mounting legal costs due to numerous charges she has faced, including several ongoing prosecutions in which Campaign Against Antisemitism has provided evidence, or an attempt at mockery of Campaign Against Antisemitism for pursuing her in the courts.
Ms Chabloz is a virulent antisemite and Holocaust denier who has an extensive record of using social media to publicise her hatred for Jews and to convert others to her views about Jewish people. Following a private prosecution by Campaign Against Antisemitism, which was later continued by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Ms Chabloz became the first person in Britain to be convicted over Holocaust denial in a precedent-setting case.
Ms Chabloz is fixated on the idea that the Holocaust did not occur, and that it was fabricated by Jews and their supporters as a vehicle for fraudulently extorting money in the form of reparations. This forms the basis for her second obsession, that Jews are liars and thieves who are working to undermine Western society. Ms Chabloz is also connected to far-right movements, at whose meetings she gives speeches and performs her songs, in the UK and North America. She is currently banned from entering France, where Holocaust denial is illegal.
Ms Chabloz is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 21st March in relation to this latest charge,
Stephen Silverman, Director of Investigations and Enforcement at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “We are very pleased to see the CPS finally charging the notorious antisemite Alison Chabloz with incitement to racial hatred. She has repeatedly evaded justice, and we are grateful to the CPS for pursuing this matter following our discussions with them. If convicted, Ms Chabloz must face a sentence with real teeth in order to bring an end to her rampage of anti-Jewish racism which has continued relentlessly for far too long.”
Campaign Against Antisemitism’s analysis of Home Office statistics shows that an average of over three hate crimes are directed at Jews every single day in England and Wales, with Jews almost four times more likely to be targets of hate crimes than any other faith group.