A self-confessed Holocaust revisionist described the Shoah as a “weapon to provoke guilt in white Europeans”, as her trial for broadcasting antisemitic material resumed on Wednesday.
Alison Chabloz, of Charlesworth, near Glossop, Derbyshire, faces five charges related to songs alleged to have been “grossly offensive”.
She denies three counts of sending obscene material by public communication networks and two counts of causing obscene material to be sent.
The trial began on January 10 but was halted because of scheduling conflicts.
It resumed on Wednesday at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in front of District Judge John Zani.
The charges against Chabloz relate to songs titled Nemo’s Antisemitic Universe, I Like It How It Is and (((survivors))).
The court heard that in the latter, Chabloz mocked Jewish figures, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, as well as Anne and Otto Frank, to the tune of Hava Nagila.
Chabloz, 53, denied her songs were designed to target “all Jews”, but rather “those who uphold the official account of the Holocaust for dishonest, Machiavellian aims”.
She also stated her belief that the number of Jews who died in the Shoah was “probably about 1 million”, and that gas chambers were not used to murder Jews.
Under examination by prosecutor Karen Robinson, she said: “The so-called Holocaust is used not only to sustain the criminal state of Israel, but also as a foundation myth for what we are seeing in European countries today.
“It is sold as a story to elevate the suffering of Jews above others’. It was a war. Everybody suffered.
“The Holocaust is used as an emotional weapon to prevent nationalist feelings and to demonise the Germans in particular.”
She defended her songs as “satire”, but Ms Robinson accused her of “simply peddling and promoting Jew-hate”.
Ms Robinson also read out excerpts of a police interview, in which Chabloz told officers: “My grandfather didn’t fight for our towns and cities to be taken over by non-whites”.
About 30 of Chabloz’s supporters packed the public gallery, and a number of her statements were greeted with applause and laughter.
District Judge Zani warned the group twice that further interruptions would result in their expulsion from his courtroom. Chabloz was applauded as she walked out of court.
Defending the blogger, Adrian Davies argued that his client’s songs were not “grossly offensive”, adding that there is no law in England against “so-called Holocaust denial”.
He said: “It is not a crime, however ridiculous it is, to say that not one Jew died in the Holocaust.”.
“She is entitled to any political opinion she has.”
Mr Davies previously unsuccessfully represented the Holocaust denier David Irving at the Court of Appeal in 2001 after Irving had lost a libel action against Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books.
Chabloz was bailed until May 14, when final oral submissions will be made, and District Judge Zani will make his final decision on May 25.