Man will stand trial for inciting racial hatred over ‘liberate Golders Green’ campaign
A hospice worker who posted images promising a controversial rally against the ‘Jewification’ of London was ordered to stand trial in December.
Joshua Bonehill-Paine, 22, said today he was “absolutely not guilty” of a single charge of publishing or distributing written material intended to stir up racial hatred on June 24 this year.
He appeared in the dock at Southwark Crown Court sporting a ginger beard, grey suit and blue shirt and listened intently throughout the five minute hearing.
He was arrested ahead of the demonstration planned for July 4 at Golders Green.
He is said to have posted images promoting the demo that called for activists to “liberate Golders Green” next to images of Auschwitz on nationalist website thedailybale.com and his personal blog.
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The offence relates to a link allegedly 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 is a bottle of ‘Round-Up’ weedkiller, with text stating: “Liberate Golders Green - an Anti-Jewification event.”
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The message continues: “We’ve become complacent and allowed for weeds to grow in the cracks of London.
“It’s time to clear them out with Round-Up and Liberate Golders Green for the future generations of White People.
“Join us on July 4th for what promises to be an absolute gas.”
In June David Cameron warned activists taking part in the anti-Semitic hostility would face the “full force of the law”.
The protest was eventually moved from Golders Green to Westminster where a small number of demonstrators were met by hundreds of opponents.
Bonehill-Paine was arrested as part of a joint operation between the Met and Avon and Somerset police.
Bonehill-Paine, of Yeovil, Somerset, was remanded in custody ahead of his trial scheduled for the week beginning December 14.