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The Netherlands: Anti-Jewish football chants are illegal


Dutch News:

The Dutch High Court ruled on Tuesday that the chant 'Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas' is punishable by law because it is insulting to Jews, reports broadcaster Nos.

The case was brought before the High Court by a football supporter who had been sentenced to 80 hours community service and probation of two years by the lower court.

The man refused to accept the judgement saying the chant forms part of the culture surrounding football. 'It is not used with the intention of insulting Jews but to provoke other supporters,' he said in his defence.

The High Court disagreed and the original sentence was upheld.

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