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.
By Karl Radl, first published by Semitic Controversies. Reproduced with kind permission.
Alison Chabloz – the heroic lady who poked fun at the great shibboleth of modern times aka the so-called ‘Holocaust’ – was convicted of uploading ‘three grossly offensive’ songs on YouTube by a Magistrates Court presided over by Judge John Zani. (1) Zani is himself the descendant of Italian immigrants to the UK. (2)
Despite the assorted hype being used by jewish publications like Jewish News – the Times of Israel’s UK subsidiary – claiming that Zani’s verdict was damning. (3) The fact of the matter is that ‘Chabloz was convicted under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 after District Judge John Zani found the material to be “grossly offensive”. There is no law specifically against Holocaust denial in the UK.’ (4)
While the Jewish Chronicle buried the following important observation at the very end of their article: ‘Because District Judge Zani’s ruling was at a magistrates’ court, it does not set a binding precedent.’ (5)
Today, I watched Vincent Lapierre’s EetR report on last week’s hearing at the court of appeal in Paris where patriot and author, Hervé Ryssen, stated his case against a 17-month prison sentence demanded by the state procurator and usual anti-racist [sic] busybody organisations (LICRA, SOS Racisme, Jewish Students Union, etc.)
First off, a slight correction as to my speculations yesterday regards the Tommy Robinson affair. Apparently, Robinson was aware of reporting restrictions on the case. He simply did not understand why these restrictions were in place, namely to avoid jury contamination. Everyone has the right to fair trial. Similar restrictions are currently in place for several high-profile nationalist trials. We cannot complain about contempt rules only when it suits us. Readers will have decide for themselves whether or not Robinson’s actions were deliberately intended to a) jeopardise potential convictions and/or b) to deflect attention away from my case. The most relevant point is that it is indeed the issue of free speech which is the prime motivator of current support for Robinson. We now need to open his supporters’ eyes to those who are in fact behind the desire to further limit our most precious of freedoms.
Last Friday, same day as my guilty verdict was pronounced, founder of the EDL (English Defence League) Tommy Robinson was arrested outside a court in Leeds, reportedly for contempt of court.
Reporting restrictions are in place and therefore details are somewhat confused.
Many thanks to all those who turned up in support yesterday. Press photographers were particularly aggressive: “Are you famous or something?” joked one supporter. The BBC’s Martin Bashir managed to ask one question about the judge’s remarks on my ‘grotesque and shocking’ language ( = song lyrics). I just had the time to respond with “First, they came for the singers,” before Mr Bashir and his recording gear were unceremoniously blocked by a couple of hefty loyal comrades.
In such circumstances, it’s wise to prepare for the worst whilst, at the same time hoping for the best. There is no shame in having been wrongly accused. In any case, what can we expect from a ‘justice’ system that fails to deliver justice to e.g. victims of known paedophiles, preferring instead to go after an artist? Corrupt to the core doesn’t cover it. We live under tyranny and my trial is a shining example. As I said before yesterday’s verdict, if I am found ‘not guilty’ it will be a miracle. The judge had to convict me for all three songs. Miracles do happen, but not yesterday. In the words of a recent song – banned of course by YouTube:
Find me guilty
Go on, do yourself a favour
Find me guilty
Just look at my bad behaviour…
If you will not fight the system
Then take whatever’s mine
Find me guilty, find me guilt
I’ll be fine
Can you think of any other musician whose songs are such an effective weapon against the system that they have been prosecuted, convicted and sent to jail?
Antisemitic singer Alison Chabloz guilty of hate crime
Apparently, yesterday’s Daily Mail headline (see above) wasn’t good enough and had to be modified, now reading as follows:
Anti-Semitic songwriter who claims the Holocaust is ‘meaningless’ and Auschwitz is a ‘theme park for fools’ deliberately targeted Jews because of their faith, court hears
Who, I wonder, is responsible for such additions? Tellingly, below the article, we can also read: “Sorry we are not currently accepting comments on this article.” Are our predators feeling emboldened by Jez Turner’s conviction?