A British court recently declared a comedian guilty of a hate crime for posting a “grossly offensive” video on YouTube. Mark Meechan (a.k.a. “Count Dankula”) is currently facing a jail sentence for training his girlfriend’s dog to raise his paw, mimicking a Nazi salute.
“My girlfriend is always ranting and raving about how cute and adorable her wee dog is,” said Meechan in the introduction to his viral video. “And so I thought I would turn him into the least cute thing I could think of, which is a Nazi.” Meechan later apologized for the video, expressed his hatred of racism “in any way, shape or form,” and reiterated that the whole purpose of the original video was to annoy his girlfriend.
Obviously, this is a gross miscarriage of justice. Considering it was the dog that committed the crime, shouldn’t he be the one sentenced to prison by the kangaroo court? The Walt Disney Company could even make a movie about it.
Regardless of whether one finds the video offensive, it is very hard to argue that this “Nazi” pug poses much of a threat to anyone. What should be considered very concerning is the fact that anti-Jewish bigotry currently stands at a record high in the United Kingdom.
According to the Community Security Trust (a group that monitors anti-Semitism and provides security to British Jews and institutions), there were 1,346 recorded anti-Semitic incidents in 2017. This stands at a 3 percent increase from 2016 and a 34 percent rise in violent assaults against Jewish people. In 2016, the CST recorded 1,309 anti-Semitic incidents nationwide, while the previous record was 1,182 incidents in 2014.
The British Labour party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn has been instrumental in making the UK unsafe for Jews. Prior to being elected Labour leader, Corbyn referred to the Islamic terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah as his “friends.”