As reported by the Austrian daily Der Standard, some fifty Bosnian soccer fans broke into a chant of “Kill, kill the Jews!” during a pro-Palestinian rally in Vienna’s central Saint Stephan’s Square last week. The incident appears to have occurred on Tuesday, when the Bosnian national team was in town for a match against the Austrian team. According to Der Standard, citing a spokesperson for the Viennese police, the Bosnian fans joined the rally uninvited.
A video of the incident (see below) has emerged on YouTube. The Bosnian fans can be identified by their blue soccer jerseys and other fan paraphernalia. At around the 0:35 mark of the video, they begin to chant “Ubi, ubi, ubi, židove!”: “Kill, kill, kill the Jews!”
It should be noted that, contrary to some reports, there is no evidence in the video that the Palestinian demonstrators likewise chanted anti-Semitic slogans. Before the Bosnian fans burst into their chant, the demonstrators can merely be heard chanting “Free Palestine!” (in English) or, in German, “Freiheit, Freiheit für Palästina!”: “Freedom, freedom for Palestine!”
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