A ‘self-proclaimed Nazi’ declared to far-right rallies that Britain ‘took the wrong side’ in World War II, a court has heard.
The 22-year-old man from Lancashire, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has denied two counts of stirring up racial hatred.
Matthew Brook, prosecuting, told Preston Crown Court that the defendant held ‘extreme views’, and believed Jewish people were ‘parasites’ that needed to be ‘eradicated’.
The BBC reported that jurors heard the trial was about remarks including ‘threatening and abusive comments about the Jewish race’.
The defendant, Brook said, wanted ‘other people to hate the Jews in the same way that he does’.
A video from a far-right rally was then played to the court, in which the man told crowds that ‘international Jewry’ was a ‘disease’.
He added that, in World War II, Britain ‘fought the National Socialists, who were there to remove Jewry from Europe once and for all’.
‘Instead we let these parasites live among us, and they still do,’ he said, before adding: ‘You can call me Nazi, you can call me fascist. That is what I am.’
The court was also shown a number of tweets posted by the defendant, including one in which he posted a photo of Hitler and wrote: ‘Churchill was a warmonger who took us to war against those we should have called comrades.’
Another tweet said: ‘The United Kingdom is dead and only held in place by a Jewish monarchy.’
The trial has been adjourned until Wednesday.