English teacher sacked from Eton sentenced after ‘manifestly anti-Semitic’ video posted
An English teacher sacked by Eton for a controversial gender lecture was convicted yesterday for sharing a “blatantly anti-Semitic” video.
Will Knowland lost his £ 44,000-a-year school job for refusing to remove ‘sexist’ speech from his YouTube channel.
The 35-year-old is now under fire for posting another video in which an interviewee claims Jews are behind the rise in pornography.
Dr. E Michael Jones, an American writer, refers to the “Jewish Gestapo” in the 52-minute interview.
Marie van der Zyl, president of the Council of Deputies, said there was no excuse to share the video, which contains “vicious lies about the Jews”.
She demanded that YouTube remove the interview from the teacher’s channel, Knowland Knows, which has 9,300 subscribers.
Will Knowland, 35, lost his £ 44,000-a-year school job for refusing to remove ‘sexist’ speech from his YouTube channel
Eton, where Knowland had taught for eight years, sacked him for his controversial gender lecture, but also condemned a “blatantly anti-Semitic” video broadcast on his channel.
The clip, titled Porn as Cultural Warfare: Dr E Michael Jones, has been watched over 4,000 times since it was uploaded two weeks ago.
During the exchange, Dr Jones said: “So if you are talking, concretely about the rise of pornography in the 20th century, you have to talk about Hollywood and you have to talk about the Jews. Jews have always been behind pornography.
He cited an article in the Jewish Quarterly in 2004, published online in 2013, on the role of American Jews in the rise of the porn industry in the country.
Dr Jones refers to “Jews in Hollywood” and says they then “crushed” opposition to pornography.
Mr Knowland, who is taking Eton to an employment tribunal, questioned him about suggestions that pornography can be considered “free speech” and when the “concept of obscenity” has been lost.
Dr Jones said: “It is not part of free speech, no one has ever said dirty images are part of free speech, but this is what the Jews did during this period.”
He later refers to “Jews, the Anti-Defamation League, which is the SS of the Jewish Gestapo.”
Dr Jones also claimed that the Jews were behind the rise of critical race theory – an academic movement born in the United States in the 1970s that views racism as systemic. He added: “They are behind this racial polarization.”
Miss van der Zyl said yesterday: “There can be no excuse for sharing this kind of blatantly anti-Semitic video.
“We call on YouTube to remove it so that these vicious lies about the Jews cannot be promulgated with impunity.”
In a 2008 interview with his own magazine, Culture Wars, Dr Jones defended the use of terms such as “the synagogue of Satan” and “the vomit of Judaism,” which he said came from religious sources.
He denied all accusations of anti-Semitism. Mr Knowland, a married father of five who now works as a private tutor, yesterday defended the interview being broadcast.
He said: “Obviously many Jews are appalled by pornography, but suppressing the discussion is not healthy.
“As a result, Jewish involvement in pornography has been discussed in the Jewish Quarterly.
“If Dr. E Michael Jones is wrong in his opinions, giving them a platform is the best way to expose those mistakes.”
Mr Knowland was at the center of a free speech dispute in Eton last year after preparing for a lecture – titled The Paradox of Patriarchy – which challenged “current radical feminist orthodoxy”.
He yesterday confirmed reports that the Education Regulatory Agency had cleared him of professional misconduct without a full hearing being required.