ILF Calls for Action against Belgium Football Team as Fans Sing Antisemitic Chant about Burning Jews
The Belgian media has reported that Club Brugge football fans in Belgium were seen chanting about the burning of Jews, during a match in the city of Bruges.
A footage published by La Derniere Heure shows dozens of fans celebrating their local team’s victory over Brussels’ Anderlecht team that day by singing in Flemish: “My father was in the commandos, my mother was in the SS, together they burned Jews ’cause Jews burn the best.”
The ILF has called on the Royal Belgian Football Association and the Belgium Ministry of Culture, Youth, Sports and Media to take immediate action, demanding that the team be immediately fined and the fans condemned.
“Calls to burn Jews, especially those that pass without any counter-action or sanctions in 21st-century Europe, are particularly severe and disturbing.
The European Union, the state of Belgium and the Belgium Football Association have clear rules against hate, anti-Semitism and violence such as this.
We demand that the Belgians fully enforce the law and convey a legal, ethical and moral message to the fans and to the general public. Avoiding this, unfortunately, also sends a message,” said ILF Director attorney Yifa Segal on Kol Chai.
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