GTTO partners in Belgium, the European Union of Jewish Students, drew attention to an incident at the Beerschot-Antwerp football match on 15 April 2018 when Beerschot Wilrijk supporters sang antisemitic chants and displayed antisemitic banners. Prompted by the Pro League, Beerschot club released a statement assuring everyone that they “sincerely acknowledge Jewish suffering during the Second World War", and as a sign of respect, the delegation from the club will visit the Kazerne Dossin, the Memorial Museum and Documentation Centre on Holocaust and Human Rights in Mechelen, Belgium. The club also said they would ban supporters with antisemitic banners or who sing antisemetic songs in the stadium, including the word “Jew”. Despite their initial promise to ban anti-Semitism from the club, their social media pages still showed photos of the stadium and their fans with antisemitic posters in subsequent weeks. One such poster called for a ban on the Star of David. The EUJS subsequently wrote to Antwerp FC pointing out the antisemitic content on their social media pages. Although it was not formally acknowledged all examples were removed from their social media pages. They also reported comments on their Twitter account related to the incident.
This video takes common claims used against a minority group such as "Jews run the world” and questions what would happen if we discussed other groups in the same manner. For instance, this vodeo asks why Austrians don’t suffer the same accusations of holding power in the world, given how ever-present the Habsburg royal family is.
An antisemitic article that blamed Israel’s crimes for the rise of anti-Jewish incidents in the UK has been removed from the Morning Star, after the newspaper received complaints from several Jewish organisations.
From a French magazine editor denying the Holocaust to false news about refugees in Greece, these May highlights are an overview of the most significant results of our monitoring of traditional and new media in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, and the United Kingdom.
The Troll of the Month is an episode we choose every month to expose racist and anti-religious haters and to show the positive outcomes in the fight against intolerance in Europe.
In France the online newspaper ‘Mediapart’ published an article on 12 April 2018 entitled ‘Vampires do not feed on their own blood’. The vampire in the article refers to Bernard-Henry Lévy, French public intellectual, media personality, and author. The comparison of Bernard-Henry Lévy to a vampire is an old fashioned anti-Semitic stereotype.