Dutch Soccer Fans Chant Antisemitic Slogan Before Match against Ajax
Fans of the Dutch soccer team Vitesse chanted “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas” at a fan rally before a scheduled match against Ajax, an Amsterdam-based team known for its history of Jewish supporters.
Police began examining footage from the action on Wednesday night, which occurred in Arnhem, where Vitesse is based. The two clubs played Sunday, and Ajax won 2-1.
Supporters and rivals of Ajax often affectionately refer to the club and its fans as “Jews,” out of recognition of the centuries-long strong presence of Jews in Amsterdam. It’s a pattern across Europe, used for fans of teams in England, Italy, and Germany.
But in the Netherlands, the “Hamas, Jews to the gas” chant has become more commonplace in recent years.
Pascal van Wijk, director of the Vitesse team, condemned the chants.
“It is just deeply saddening that a small group of supporters misbehaved in such a way.” (INN / VFI News)
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