Joshua Bonehill-Paine jailed for more than three years for inciting hatred against Jews


A white supremacist has been jailed for three years and four months following his conviction of inciting racial hatred after he published antisemitic material.

Joshua Bonehill-Paine was described in court as “an extremist” who had expressed “virulently racist views in respect to the Jewish community”.

He had been arrested ahead of a planned neo-Nazi rally which was due to take place at the heart of the Jewish community in Golders Green, north-west London, in July.

Bonehill-Paine, of Yeovil, Somerset, had circulated images online including one which described the protest as an “anti-Jewification” event.

It carried a picture of a weed-killer being sprayed at a concentration camp.

On Monday the court heard Bonehill-Paine had encouraged supporters to attend the protest by telling them it “promises to be an absolute gas!”.

A prosecution lawyer said the message was “as inflammatory as possible” and that another poster “trivialises and mocks the death of millions of Jews during the Third Reich”.

He was convicted at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday.

Bonehill-Paine had argued that the Shomrim, a volunteer Jewish security group, was in effect enforcing “Talmudic law” in north London.

He said he found strictly Orthodox Jews racist, sexist and believed they were committing “genocide” of white people.

A Community Security Trust spokesman said: “CST is proud to have played its part in the initial arrest of this troublemaker for the hateful image.

“We welcome his having been found guilty, but it is dreadful that he was able to harass and abuse so many people over all this time.”

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Barnes, who led the investigation for the Met's Public Order Investigation Branch, said:

"The Met fully understands the hurt that is felt in communities affected by this type of crime.

"It is only by continually working with communities that we can ensure they are safe and free from fear.

"As this case demonstrates, there is no place for people inciting racial hatred under the guise of protest and those that do this will be investigated and brought before the courts to answer for this crime."

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