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Maccabi Tel Aviv Euroleague Win Spurs Spanish Anti-Semitic Tweets

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Maccabi Tel Aviv's win over Real Madrid in the Euroleague basketball final game Sunday spurred thousands of anti-Semitic tweets in Spain. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. In the wake of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s win over Real Madrid in the Euroleague basketball finals on Sunday, an estimated 18,000 anti-Semitic Spanish tweets were posted. The Jewish community in Catalonia, Spain, now plans to file a legal complaint on the tweets.

The tweets, many using the hashtag #putosjudios (f******gJews), included statements such as “F****** Jews. This didn’t happen under Hitler,” “F****** Jews… they should stick you all in an oven. F******BASTARDS!” and “F****** Israel and f****** jews. I have always said that and I’ll carry on saying it,” reported Haaretz.

The ensuing lawsuit, which will be filed by the Jewish community of Barcelona and other local Jewish organizations, identifies five people who tweeted many of the anti-Semitic statements, according to the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

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“The majority of the remainder of the messages were anonymous,” said Jai Anguita, president of Bet Shalom, the name for the Jewish community of Barcelona.

“I am a firm defender of freedom of expression, but there must be a limit,” he added. “We could say that these comments come from the high spirits after a [sporting] defeat, that they are almost jokes… But history has shown us where these jokes can lead… Some of them talk about sending Jews to a gas chamber. We cannot allow for this to snowball; we need to stop giving the impression that incitement to hatred is permitted.”

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