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Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball title spurs anti-Semitic tweets

(JNS.org) About 18,000 anti-Semitic Spanish tweets were posted following Maccabi Tel Aviv’s recent win over Real Madrid in the Euroleague basketball finals. The Jewish community in Catalonia, Spain, now plans to file a legal complaint on the tweets. The tweets, many using the hashtag #putosjudios (f******g Jews), 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.” 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. “I am a firm defender of freedom of expression, but there must be a limit,” said Jai Anguita, president of the Jewish community of Barcelona.

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