Over the past few days, seven opinion pieces have been published by lamestream media. With the possible exception of Spiked’s Fraser Myers, all are penned by Jews, with two written by Gideon Falter, chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), the man who originally brought the private criminal prosecution against me which led to last week’s guilty verdict for causing offence by uploading songs to my Tell Me More Lies blog and to YouTube.
Falter’s Jewish News and Jewish Chronicle pieces take the usual line, that ‘anti-Semites’ must be punished and that our authorities need to be held to account for not having acted sooner. Bizarrely, in the Jewish Chron, Falter claims that I was the subject of ‘dozens’ of police complaints before CAA gallantly arrived on the scene to save Jews from Chabloz’ musical nukes. How can he be so sure? Is Falter privy to police records? If so, then what grants him this special privilege?
Falter claims to speak for all Jews. He does not. He speaks for Israeli interests and Israeli interests only. My song (((Survivors))) was published June 8th, 2016 at 4.34 pm. Less than two hours later, as confirmed by last autumn’s Freedom of Information request, Falter wrote an indignant letter to Derbyshire PCC Hardyal Dhindsa, demanding to know why Derbyshire police hadn’t already sent me to the gulag and thrown away the key:
His CAA is supposed to be a charity, not a rehabilitation of the Stasi, for goodness sake! Are we supposed to believe that in less than two hours Falter had gathered universal, unanimous Jewish opinion on my song, spurring him to apply pressure on the authorities to do his bidding and have me silenced… Really?
Ok, so what do other commentators think about the implications of my conviction? All express pretty much the same viewpoint, that whereas I would be the ghastliest person alive in England today, I should still have my right to free speech.
Daniel (Baron) Finkelstein concludes somewhat incoherently in The Times that:
Meanwhile the talentless Ms Chabloz is able to pose as a martyr for free speech when in fact she is its determined opponent. I can’t think this a good thing.
Adam Wagner in The Guardian also airs his concerns:
The Count Dankula case and, more recently, that of Alison Chabloz, convicted of posting “grossly offensive” material for Holocaust denial songs uploaded to YouTube, show the danger of criminalising grossly offensive speech.
(The JC’s Ben Weich contrasts Wagner’s summary with that of Anthony Julius who argues that the impact of the ruling “would not go beyond the circumstances of the case”. )
Oliver Kamm in The Jewish Chronicle:
I don’t expect many JC readers to agree but this case should never have been brought. Chabloz should be free to continue with her noisome trolling.
(Like Finkelstein, Kamm is entitled to his opinion. But to describe satirical songs as noisome trolling would be pushing the boat out too far.)
Fraser Myers in Spiked:
The right to free speech must include the speaker’s right to offend, insult or tell untruths, as well as an audience’s right to listen to and challenge them. It may be hard to think of a more offensive character than Chabloz – or a more offensive form of speech than Holocaust denial – but her conviction and the banning of her songs denies us the opportunity to rebut her lies with facts and her prejudices with arguments.
Gideon Falter in The Jewish News / Times of Israel
We will not stop going to court to bring antisemites to justice and force the state to act, but the Jewish community, through CAA, is uniquely having to take Jewish victims’ cases to court and enforce the law ourselves. That is a national disgrace.
And Falter continues in The JC:
Perhaps even more importantly though, we have highlighted the authorities’ gross dereliction of duty when it comes to prosecuting antisemites. The conviction of Ms Chabloz is part of a series of legal battles between CAA and the state.
Amidst all the above counter-commentary, and with hardly any reaction to either of his articles, Falter cuts rather a lonely figure. Even Nemo‘s bag-carrier, Tim Stevens, seems to have jumped ship (see image left).
Ironically, several of the above authors were previously instrumental in ramping up the smear campaign against me. I say let them have their cake and eat it (see image below).
Falter’s CAA has made a bed for British Jews upon which they all must now lie [sic] or else speak out. As one loyal friend notes, despite all the childish whimpering about the rise of ‘anti-Semitism’, most of the commentators featured in this blog have managed to attain prominent positions in British society. At the very least, they have been granted a lamestream platform or, as in the case of Daniel Finkelstein, have been awarded a peerage. Anyone care to explain?