Harsher treatment for dissident artists in Britain than in Israel or Jordan

First off, thank you for all the wonderful messages of support and for the donations. My apologies for not yet having replied individually to everyone – I have spent the past week answering emails and have still not managed to clear my inbox. If I may ask those waiting for a reply to exercise a little patience, I will do my best to respond as soon as time permits.

Two nights ago, I watched a BBC Newsnight report on an exhibition about censorship of music in Stalin’s Soviet Union, currently doing the rounds in Tel Aviv(!) before coming to London. Stalin banned all genres of music which he found ‘un-Soviet like’ – not just rock ‘n’ roll, but also traditional Russian folk tunes. Dissidents found a way to record songs on x-ray film: the exhibition features these medical scans of human bones, engraved with ‘Rock Around the Clock’ and other classics. But for me the most interesting part of the BBC report concerned a Haifa-based Palestinian Arab musician, Jowan Safadi, arrested and charged for incitement because of a song performed at a music festival in 2010.

Haaretz:

After two years of fighting charges of incitement to violence and support for a terror organization in songs they performed in 2010, two Arab rap singers from Haifa finally won their case.

The prosecution originally agreed to drop the charges for lack of evidence but the rappers, Wala Sabit and Jowan Safadi, who were charged over songs they performed at a coexistence festival in Haifa, fought until the court declared them not guilty.

Safadi, who was also arrested and detained in Jordan for blasphemy, was equally
subjected to a press-led smear campaign. The Haaretz report concludes:

Safadi said he was pleased with the outcome of their struggle, and that over the past two years he and Sabit had been the victims of incitement themselves, following reports that they had praised suicide bombings. “It was very important for us to achieve this result, because in the end we are artists and without freedom of expression we have nothing to do,” he said.

Indeed.

We shall see tomorrow, 10 am, Westminster Magistrates Court, whether or not the British justice system wishes to outdo the Middle East when it comes to removing artists’ right to freedom of expression, including the right to mock and satirise without fear of the ‘risk’ of causing offence. Because if this is indeed the case, then there can be no more satire.

Rendez-vous from 9 am, Marylebone Station forecourt.

12 thoughts on “Harsher treatment for dissident artists in Britain than in Israel or Jordan

  1. Sophie Johnson June 13, 2018 / 6:47 pm

    Alison, Zani is indeed either very stupid or well paid to make an utter fool of himself in his written verdict against you. And it is highly improbable that an honest judge would subject a defendant to the treatment that you have been given by two DJs at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, one of them the Chief Magistrate. I hope and pray that your legal team will not let them get away with this abuse of due process and shaming of a court. I pray even harder that Zani will not dare give you a custodial sentence.

    You have done more for Revisionism and free speech (along with Jez) than anyone else in this country. I know that many of us love you, are hugely grateful to you, and will never cease to support you.

    I wish you all the best tomorrow.
    xxx

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  2. 2tobias June 13, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    Best of the best Alison. History will bear testimony of your bravery. Stay strong and know there the patriots supporting you are growing.

    Liked by 4 people

  3. shyn43 June 13, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Alison,
    I can’t, of course, predict the future but I can hope and my hope is that you won’t receive a custodial sentence.
    I also hope that in my lifetime that somehow, a miracle will happen and everyone will somehow find a way to get on with each other in the UK and the middle east.
    The easiest thing in the world to do would be to turn against Alison and treat her as if she were the Devil Incarnate.
    I instead chose to do the hardest thing and show compassion for Alison because even though she accepts the responsibility for her action,
    the fact is ‘we all say things from time to time that break rather than build up.’
    I don’t need to remind everyone that human society was already troubled and divided before Alison was born.
    One could say that she should have left human society to its own devices and focus on herself.
    Alison however ‘chose’ to take part and that is her right to do so.
    Ok, the outcome has not been favourable for Alison and her future appears to be uncertain
    but will our country be a better place with Alison behind bars?
    I don’t think so and that is because I have come to realize that getting on with each other is hard.
    It’s so much easier to be at each other’s throats etc
    but where does it get us?
    Nowhere.
    I, therefore ‘chose’ to be untypical and show compassion for Alison.
    I know that she is a mature Woman and made the decision to be bold and speak her mind even if her words were not welcomed by those that heard them.
    Alison is still a human being and worthy of compassion and I will dare to be even more untypical and say that we should hope that in our lifetime, human society will change for the better and there will be less reason for people to cry out against each other.
    I know that won’t happen but I can still hope and that is what I chose to do.
    I’m not sure if my words will receive a warm reception but I just want to be honest and speak my mind without fear of being labelled as someone that agrees with racism and all its counterparts.
    I don’t believe that Alison is racist,
    I suggest that she is a very sensitive woman who is deeply moved by the events taking place in our country and around the world and that is what motivated her to write and sing songs that reflected her thoughts and feelings.
    Alison chose to be bold and unpopular by saying what she feels in her heart.
    I suggest that we respect her right to do that even if we dislike the way she expressed herself.
    I don’t believe that Alison Chabloz is hard-hearted and lacking in love and consideration for fellow human beings.
    I suggest that we give her the benefit of the doubt and try to see the good in her rather than bad.
    I wish you all the very best Alison and please remember that even if 100 people want to see you set to prison Tomorrow,
    I don’t and I don’t say that to suggest that I don’t have it in me to be spiteful
    but rather it is because I know that your not the horrible inconsiderate woman that people ‘chose to believe you are’
    but I want to be different and better and show (dare I even say it) love and compassion for a fellow citizen and human being who is equally prone to err as us all.
    I hope my words will be of comfort and encouragement for you Alison.
    I wish you well.

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    • Sophie Johnson June 13, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      You, shyn43, are levelling your primitive pseudo-moralising at a brilliant woman and highly talented musician who has more friends and admirers than creeps like you can imagine. Crawl back into the rotting woodwork that is your natural habitat — and rot there.

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  4. karenhoffen June 13, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    Good luck Alison. The world has gone mad if you receive a custodial sentence

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Mark June 13, 2018 / 9:34 pm

    Keep up the courageous and important work, Alison. Here’s an article on a related subject but the first comment following this article mentions you prominently and adds a link to your site. You are gaining traction!

    Another another article on this same site (UNZ.com) also mentions you, noting that you and other rebels are being given short shrift compared to one dissident and his followers (‘Tommytards’) who target Muslims but don’t dare mention the uniquely powerful and destructive role of Jews.

    See: http://www.unz.com/article/take-populism-global-italian-government-shows-the-way-for-trump/

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  6. ivernazza June 13, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    And of course another reason why the courts in Zionland are a lot more lenient toward non-aligned people than the subservient ones all around Neurope is that the hushed up number of people questioning the reality of Holocaustianity is a lot smaller in Zionland (capital Tel Aviv) or in Palestine (capital Al Qods) than everywhere else on the Planet… All the best for tomorrow at 10, Alison!

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  7. colinconnaughton June 14, 2018 / 6:40 am

    Hello Alison, I’ve just read this blog at 7:40 am Thursday. I will try to attend the hearing today. Best of luck. Bless you.

    Liked by 1 person

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