On Friday, a far-right activist, Hervé Lalin, called Ryssen, was sentenced to one year in prison for anti-Semitic messages in a video published on the YouTube platform. He received the maximum possible sentence.
In this 36-minute video, made available online on 10 July 2017 and titled “The Jews, incest and hysteria”, “an off-screen voice sets out the reasons for believing that the Jewish people is an incestuous people,” according to the judgement of the court.
Already convicted several times
Hervé Lalin was found guilty of public incitement to hatred due to origins and of defamation. This far-right activist has already been convicted numerous times. In October, he received a sentence of six months’ imprisonment for anti-Semitic and racist messages on Twitter and Facebook.
“The previous sentences have clearly not been such as to dissuade the commission of new offences,” noted the court.
In addition, Hervé Lalin must pay 2000 euros in damages and interest to the association “Bureau national de vigilance contre l’antisémitisme” [National office for vigilance against anti-Semitism], which had referred the YouTube video to the attention of the prosecutor, as well as 1000 euros to the associations “Avocats sans frontières” [Lawyers without borders], “France-Israël” and the “Ligue internationale contre le racisme et l’antisémitisme” (Licra) [League against racism and antisemitism].
Ryssen is a prominent counter-Semitic activist in France. He creates videos and has authored many books. For years he has been subjected to legal harassment by Jewish organisations.
12 mois + 17 mois (à confirmer le 4 juillet) + 11 mois (petite livre rouge) = 40 mois de prison ferme, sans compter trois autres procédures en cours. Ils me feront sortir de ma cellule pour me traîner de nouveau devant les juges, encore et encore. Mais l’important n’est pas là !
— RYSSEN (@HRyssen) 9 June 2018
12 months + 17 (to be confirmed on 4 July) + 11 months (little red book) = 40 months of prison time, without counting the three other cases that are underway. They will have me taken out of my cell to drag me in front of the judges again, over and over. But that’s not what’s important.
There have been FreeTommy demos in France, but no FreeHervé demos yet that I am aware of. No doubt they’ll be coming any time now.
The video for which he was imprisoned is here (in French with English sub-titles).
A few of his other videos are available with English subtitles.
Here is “The Jews and the Russian Revolution”.
Here is another called “The Jewish Mafia”.
Here is an interview he gave.
He discusses some of his recent legal travails in this talk outside the courtroom where he had his appeal hearing.
Here he explains why he is a racist and an anti-Semite.
Here we see Jews gloating about the result of the court case.