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June 19, 2016 2:05 pm

Mass Nazi Salute at Euro 2016 Match Spurs French Police to Investigate Hungarian Fans for Antisemitism

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Hungary vs. Iceland at Euro 2016. Photo: Facebook.

Hungary vs. Iceland at Euro 2016. Photo: Facebook.

French police are investigating a group of Hungarian soccer fans who were caught on camera performing the Nazi salute during their team’s Euro 2016 match against Iceland on Saturday, the UK’s Daily Mail reported.

The fans in question, believed by police to be far-Right “ultras” (soccer enthusiasts whose fanaticism about the game often erupts into violence), were wearing identical black shirts with the word “Magyarország” (Hungary) in white letters, as they made the Hitlerian gesture, en masse, in the direction of the competing team.

The incident, a police source said, “could lead to prosecutions under anti-racism laws, and legislation aimed at combating antisemitism.”

According to the Daily Mail, the Stade Velodrome, the stadium in Marseilles where the match took place, is located near a Jewish district, whose residents regularly complain of verbal and physical intimidation at the hands of antisemites.

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The Hungarian fans under investigation were seen climbing over segregation walls after the match and brawling with stewards.

Riot police from the Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité (Republican Security Companies) and plain-clothed officers intervened to restore order, the Daily Mail reported.

This is only one of many violent incidents that have occurred since the opening of the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Europe on June 10, which is scheduled to continue until July 10.

England fans have been arrested for clashes on the streets of Marseille, and Russian and Ireland supporters were also caught fighting in the streets of Nice. Ukraine and Germany fans were also caught battling outside a bar in Lille last week.

As was reported by The Algemeiner on Thursday, a new survey – conducted by the Median Opinion and Market Research Institute on behalf of the watchdog group the Action and Protection Foundation — a full third of all Hungarians hold antisemitic views, a phenomenon that jibes with “general xenophobic attitudes found to be rampant in Hungarian society.”

In addition, the third largest political party in Hungary is the far-Right Jobbik, which won 20% of the parliamentary votes in the 2014 election. Jobbik, as The Algemeiner reported, is quickly growing in popularity across Hungary, and party leaders have spoken out against what they call “Zionist Israel’s efforts to dominate Hungary and the world.”

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  • Peter Morvay

    Dear Algemeiner!
    Your article ‘The Mass Nazi Salute at Euro 2016 in France’ is massively untrue: No Nazi salute by the 30,000+ peaceful Hungarian fans, just look at your picture. They support our national team with both raised hands. We are standing with Israel in our common struggle for truth but we protest against the anti-Hungarian smears as well. Don’t forget Hungary is the ONLY country in the EU that is officially against BDS. Please don’t fall for the lies of the same Western media that spread lies about Israel as well and correct your false reporting! ‪#‎UnitedWithHungary‬
    Thanks and regards, Peter Morvay, journalist, Budapest, Hungary

  • Joel Sugar

    Dear Everybody!
    As a 18 years old jewish-christian I am so saddened about your false reporting. Our fans didn’t do nazi arm salute. We have a unique and amazing way of cheering to our national team, using both hands and slowly increasing the clapping rythm. Please, do not fall for the western media campaign against Hungary and Hungarians. We are not a rascists, fascist, antisemitic country. We support Israel and the jewish community. So, as a Hungarian I feel offended by your lies about my country. The right thing to do would be, correcting your false reporting. Thank you in advance!
    A Hungarian, Israel-lover, jewish-christian guy

    • Peter Morvay

      And another false statement in the article: “the third largest political party in Hungary is the far-Right Jobbik, which won 20% of the parliamentary votes in the 2014 election. Jobbik, as The Algemeiner reported, is quickly growing in popularity across Hungary.” Actually Jobbik is LOSING in popularity, and going down in the polls. There are much less anti-Semitic incidents in Hungary today than a dacede ago. And definitely less than in most of the Western European countries. The Hungarian government and many Hungarians are supporting Israel. Why do you want to portray us as enemies?

  • Dear Algemeiner!

    Massively untrue: No Nazi salute by the 30,000+ peaceful Hungarian fans, just look at the picture. Yes, we are United with Israel in our common struggle for truth but we protest against the anti-Hungarian smears as well. Don’t forget Hungary is ONLY country in the EU that officially is against BDS. Please don’t fall for the lies of the same Western media that and correct this false reporting! ‪#‎UnitedWithHungary‬

    Thanks, and regards

    Peter Morvay
    journalist, Budapest

  • Most countries have a minoritiy of troublemakers, who shame the rest of us when they go abroad and misbehave. Surely the best answer is for their own govenments to simply confiscate their passports, to prevent them from going abroad in the first place. A passport should be like a driving licence – only given to those who use it responsibly!

  • Aviva Roth

    That is pretty lame. As a daughter of Auschwitz survivors, I am personally deeply disgusted that a bunch of soccer fans become an out of control group of thugs. I would like to confront each and every one of those who did a Nazi salute.. Let them be identified, let their neighbors know, let their employers know, let the international airports know.

  • Obama’s so-called Leadership has had worldwide destructive ramifications.

  • As a Jew I want to tell you that antisemitism is a euphamism for JUDAPHOBIA AND JEW HATRED. Until you under-
    stand this you will never get the message across. This is
    what all Jew hating organisations are!!!

  • nat cheiman

    No reason for anyone to dominate Hungary. What has that country got to offer the world?

    • Yale

      External “domination” is an excuse for the failure of a domestic government to solve a country’s problems. The growth of anti-Semitism in Hungary reflects the continuing economic malaise, but rather than blame it on their own decisions, it’s just easier to blame the Jews.

  • “could lead to prosecutions under anti-racism laws, and legislation aimed at combating antisemitism.”. This is rubbish it MUST lead top prosecutions. “could” is partial or total acceptance of these barbaric people. Either you have laws and enforce them or do not have laws as all.

  • Larry

    These idiots give the Nazi salute with no knowledge of the 10’s of millions of europeans that were killed because of this Nazi salute. It seems that these jackasses are alive and well and thriving in Europe.

    • Yale

      And it was directed at *Iceland*, the most purely Aryan country conceivable.

  • Thank God my Hungarian Jewish grandmother got out of that primitive hell hole prior to WWII. Her parents, siblings, nieces, nephews and cousins were not as lucky and dissolved into flames at Auschwitz. Let them have their miserable little country. Anyone with brains left long ago.

  • Alana

    Obviously this horrendous activity is increasing. What are the most effective strategies to combat & end it?

  • naro

    The games are so bloody boring that the fans would much rather brawl and hit each other. The games of football in this UEFA tournament are just pathetic. I’d rather watch holligans fighting.

  • SteveHC

    Aparently the Hungarians have learned NOTHING from their osn wartime excesses, failures and defeats. Maybe their genetic condition is worse tgan originally thought.

  • Why do stupid nationalist presume they have to be socialists, too?!

  • Ron Boto

    As the foster son of a wonderful Christian mother who immigrated to the US from Hungary at the age of 8, and who still has a sizeable family in both Hungary and the Hungarian section of Romania, I am greatly saddened by this report. In total, Hungarians are not racists and these featured people are a sore which the country must work to suppress, if not eliminate. Personally, I think these racists are likely the offspring of the same idiots who sided with the Nazis in World War II.

  • Break their heads and it will stop.

  • enufizenuf

    Look, this is perfectly understandable, the Hungarians simply want to make certain that their plodding unaccomplished Magyar genetics are not tainted by the blood of any people with brains.

  • Jay Lavine

    I am reminded of the story of Csanád Szegedi, one-time vice president of the Jobbik party. Many considered him to be especially anti-Jewish. Then one day he discovered the tattoos on his maternal grandmother’s forearm. He was halachically a Jew himself, and he immediately started learning about and observing Judaism.

    Of course, anti-Jewish demonstrations should not be allowed, but punishment is not the ultimate goal. The real victory occurs when such individuals see the error of their ways, repent, and then work to undo the damage they’ve done and help make the world a better place in which to live.

  • Marco Redwolf

    Is there such a thing as a Reverse Punitive Boycott ( RPB )
    If there isn’t , lets invent it. It would work like this. A list would be made public on all media of all pharmaceuticals , medical treatments , surgical procedures, electronics, software programs, cosmetics , art , literature etc. and ad infinitum ( anything that benefits mankind ) that were conceived , developed , invented, made and or marketed by a Jew or Jews at any time , anywhere or anyplace on Earth. The proclamation would be that these products and items should not be used in any way or even considered for use by anyone who harbors any ill will towards a Jew. Ill bet the farm that it would get some headlines. Hungarians have never been exactly Jew Buddies and losing 33% of the Hungarian market ( permanently ) would be a small price to pay.

  • Brian Richard Allen

    The “fans,” whom the police labelled “far-Right” and allege whose soccer “fanaticism” often erupts into violence, en masse, made the (Nazi salute) ….

    Highly unlikely that a mob of soccer hooligans, making the salute of the German SOCIALIST Workers’ Party, be of the (political) Right.

    Except perhaps in the Orwellian Worldview of the Lying Swine of nowaday’s lockstep-Fascist Media.

    Brian Richard Allen

  • Their Magyar ancestors from Central Asia were not exactly aryan. In fact they are partial descendants of Asiatic migrants – everything they now fear!
    It is surprising that they ever made it as Nazis in the 2nd World War

  • Ephraim

    What happened to the Nazis? With all the talk, were they at least arrested?

  • Send these scum back to the gobi desert

    Send these scum back to the gobi desert

  • Never forget! No one should ever use the horrible Nazi salute- for any reason. This gesture symbolizes the most vile and wicked behavior of debasement mankind unleashed upon mankind- the Holocaust. I will never forget. My earthly eyes will never be able to shed enough tears to ease the pain and sadness.

  • Once again, the French Government, Opposition, Politicians, police and security services have been found seriously wanting.
    They’re big talk AFTER the event and try to divert attention from their constant failings.
    They are disgraceful and disgusting.
    There’s little difference between Obama and Hollande.
    Sadly, the people who elected them deserve them.

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