A woman from the East Midlands who posted an anti-Semitic song on YouTube is to appear in court after a Jewish charity launched a private prosecution.
Alison Chabloz was summoned to appear before the Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday, six months after she published her song questioning the Holocaust, calling Auschwitz a “theme park” and saying Jewish financiers “bleed you dry”.
Chabloz, from Glossop in Derbyshire, is due in court after a private prosecution was brought by the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA). The charity said it took the decision because “the Crown Prosecution Service failed to prosecute [Chabloz]”.
The song, posted in June, include lyrics such as: “Did the Holocaust ever happen? Was it just a bunch of lies? Seems that some intend to pull the wool over our eyes. Eternal wandering liars haven’t got a clue, and when it comes to usury, victim’s always me and you.”
Elsewhere, she sings: “Tell us another, come on my brother, reap it – the cover, for tribal gain. Safe in our tower, now is the hour, money and power, we have no shame.”
CAA chairman Gideon Falter said: “We have called for zero tolerance enforcement of the law against anti-Semitism and that is what politicians have promised, but the CPS has failed to take action, so now we must act instead.”
In a statement posted to her website, Chabloz said: “Not content with ruining careers, these individuals [such as Falter] are now attempting to use the law to silence dissenters. Indeed, in my case, they openly admit it… They are applying the law to fight against what they consider to be a disease of the mind.”
Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.
Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.
For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.
Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.
You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.
100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...
Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.
There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.
In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.
Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.
In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.
Voice of our community to wider society
The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.
We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.