Spanish Jewish community considers complaint following antisemitic chants at basketball game

The Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain (FCJE) is considering filing a criminal complaint for insults and attacks suffered by fans of the Israeli basketball team Hapoel Holon during clashes with pro-Palestinian activists in Bilbao.

The FCJE confirmed that this such an option remains on the table, although, before taking a decision, following analysis of the context regarding the incidents in which so many people were involved.

Incidents during the Final Four of the Champions League basketball tournament resulted in one injury, two arrests and a lot of material damage in the city.

The FCJE has already informed the civil society watchdog in Spain, the Antisemitism Observatory of the insults received by some of the Israeli team’s supporters during their stay in Bilbao.

Among the insults heard during the clashes was for instance “you have to make soap with the Jews”.

The Federation of Jewish Communities said it was aware that Hapoel Holon fans also behaved violently and burned Palestinian flags.

While they are deciding whether to take the case to court, they have reported the events to the Antisemitism Observatory, linked to the Movement Against Intolerance, which collects attacks of all kinds against the Jewish community with the aim of “awakening social conscience”.

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