Man convicted of posting anti-Semitic material online
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A 23-year-old was found guilty of posting images promoting an “anti-Jewification” rally yesterday.
In May and June this year, police became aware of anti-Semitic material being posted on the internet ahead of a proposed demonstration in Golders Green in July.
Joshua Bonehill-Paine posted images promoting the rally, which called for activists to “liberate Golders Green” next to images of Auschwitz on nationalist website thedailybale.com and his personal blog.
The offence relates to a link posted on Twitter by Bonehill-Paine that, when clicked, showed an image of the entrance to Auschwitz and a person’s head poking above the Nazi death camp.
Next to the picture there was a bottle of “Round-Up” weedkiller, with text stating: “Liberate Golders Green - an Anti-Jewification event.”
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Bonehill-Paine, who worked as a Marie Curie Hospice volunteer, was arrested at his home on June 26 and brought to London where he was charged the next day.
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.
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“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.”
Bonehill-Paine was convicted at Southwark Crown Court and will re-appear for sentencing later today.