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Polish football fans on anti-semitic list of shame

PR dla Zagranicy
Nick Hodge 09.01.2014 14:52
A game played by fans of first division Polish football club LKS Lodz has been cited in a top ten anti-semitic list of shame published by the US-based Simon Wiesenthal Center.

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The SWC's 'Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israeli Slurs 2013' covers incidents from the worlds of politics, entertainment and sport, as well as local news stories from around the globe.

Several sports-related incidents were listed together in tenth position on the list, including the scandal that occurred in February 2013 at the Municipal Sport and Recreation Centre (MOSiR) in Lodz, central Poland.

During an indoor football tournament organised there by LKS Lodz fans, visitors were invited to take part in a game in which they could throw objects, including ninja stars, at 'a Jew'.

The Jew was represented by a dummy dressed as a member of rival club Widzew Lodz.

The city had one of the biggest Jewish populations in Poland prior to World War II, and Widzew Lodz is regularly derided as Jewish by fans of other clubs, much as London club Tottenham Hotspur has been in the UK.

Problems relating to Widzew Lodz were among those covered in the controversial BBC documentary Stadiums of Hate, which accompanied Poland and Ukraine's co-hosting of Euro 2012.

Meanwhile, a statement by the Ayatollah of Iran, Ali Khamenei, was chosen as No.1 on the SWC's list.

The Ayatollah referred to Israel as “the rabid dog in the region,” adding that “its leaders cannot be called human."

Pink Floyd veteran Roger Waters was also listed for comparing Israel to Nazi Germany and inflating a pig-shaped balloon with the star of Israel on a recent European tour.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is named after the famed Holocaust survivor and Nazi-hunter who grew up in Poland in the town of Buczacz (now in Ukraine).

According to its mission statement, the SWC is aimed at confronting anti-semitism, hate and terrorism,” and it currently has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Toronto, Jerusalem, Paris, and Buenos Aires. (nh)

Source: wiesenthal.com

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