Singer convicted for antisemitic songs lays wreath for 'British troops who died in Mandate Palestine'

Self-described Holocaust revisionist attended Armistice Day ceremony held by neo-fascist group National Front


A self-described “Holocaust revisionist” who narrowly avoided jail for her antisemitic songs laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday for British troops who died in Mandate Palestine in the 1940s, as part of a National Front (NF) ceremony.

The British far-right group marched along Whitehall on the 100th anniversary of the First World War’s end, before hearing speeches from Chabloz, 54, and Richard Edmonds, a Holocaust denier and former national organiser of the British National Party.

Chabloz, a professional singer from Charlesworth, in Derbyshire, was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence in June, after being convicted of charges relating to three songs posted online.

In one, titled (((survivors))), she mocked Jewish figures, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, and Anne and Otto Frank, to the tune of Hava Nagila.

Addressing the crowd on November 11, she said: “I suggested to the [NF] chairman and deputy chairman that I lay a wreath today at the Cenotaph in honour of the 784 members of the British Armed Forces who lost their lives during the peace-keeping mission to Palestine in 1945 to 1948.

“The total deaths during those three years amount to more than the total deaths in both Afghanistan and Iraq, yet we have tended to forget about those who struggled to keep the peace.

“And, as we have seen over more than 70 years now, it is still an ongoing issue.”

The Community Security Trust (CST) described Chabloz’s actions as an “abuse of the memory of British servicemen and women, primarily done to attack Jews today.”

A CST spokesman said: “It is always sickening to see the National Front marching at the Cenotaph, particularly when veteran Holocaust-denier Richard Edmonds is one of those at the front of their procession.

“This is not the first time such Palestine wreaths have been laid by far right groups.”

Jemma Levene, the deputy director of anti-racist group Hope Not Hate, added that the wreath-laying “seems to have antisemitic overtones”.

She said: “An obvious thought is that if you’re concerned about those who have been lost in conflict, why would you lay a wreath alongside a neo-Nazi organisation which venerates the sort of values the Nazis espoused?

“It’s a strange choice, unless you’re an antisemite.”

Chabloz said she laid the wreath to “redress the imbalance of Westminster politicians' unwillingness to recognise the ultimate sacrifice made by 784 British military personnel in Palestine”.

In his speech, Mr Edmonds criticised multiculturalism, saying that fallen soldiers would “would turn in their graves if they could see what had happened to our Britain”.

After the event, Chabloz revealed in a blog post that her PayPal account had been “shut down” after the JC reported that she had solicited donations on Gab, a social media platform popular with the far right.

She wrote: “As we have seen so many times in the past, this is one of the tried and tested techniques used by those wishing to stifle free and open debate.

“It's how they do it: demonise the messenger - not the message.”

Chabloz’s appeal against her conviction is due to be heard at Southwark Crown Court between December 10 and 12.

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