Maccabi Tel Aviv Euroleague win leads to antisemitic tweets
Madrid – Twitter
users in Spain posted 17,500 messages of antisemitic abuse after Israeli
basketball team Maccabi Tel Aviv beat Real Madrid over the weekend, Jewish
organizations said Tuesday.
Jewish groups in the northeastern Catalonia region lodged a legal complaint
over the messages, which they said flooded onto the Twitter network after
Maccabi’s narrow win in the Euroleague final on Sunday.
Spanish supporters created an expletive antisemitic hashtag in their messages
after the match, which briefly became one of the most popular keywords on
Twitter in Spain.
Noboa of the Jewish group Israel in Catalonia said he launched the lawsuit
after seeing references in some messages to death camps and the mass murder of
Jews in the Holocaust.
“When we saw reactions to Maccabi’s victory
such as ‘Jews to the oven’ or ‘Jews to the showers’, we decided to lodge this
judicial complaint,” Noboa told AFP.
other Jewish associations have joined in his lawsuit, in which he presented
copies of antisemitic tweets to state prosecutors, he said.
organizations singled out five people who were identified by their real names
on Twitter, accusing them of “incitement to hatred and discrimination” — a
crime punishable by up to three years’ jail in Spain.