Soccer star tells Chelsea fans to stop anti-Semitic chant


LONDON — Alvaro Morata wants Chelsea soccer fans to call a halt to chanting a song in his honor which includes anti-Semitic language.

The 24-year-old Spanish international striker — hoping to add to his three goals against Arsenal on Sunday — told the Daily Mail it did not set a good example to young children attending matches.

Chelsea have said they will take the “strongest possible action” against any of their supporters who used the anti-Semitic language which attracted attention in the 2-1 win at Leicester last Saturday.

The song describes supporters of rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who have traditional links to the Jewish community, as “Yids.”

“It’s clearly a sensitive issue,” said Morata in what was his first interview with an English newspaper since signing from Real Madrid for a reported 80 million euros ($92.2 million).

“There are many ways to enjoy yourself at a game and to cheer on your team or your favorite players.

“But I am clear. I am against any songs that will offend people on the basis of religion or race. We need to cut it out.

“Football is only a sport, let’s use it as a positive vehicle.

“It’s not just that but kids who follow us and who want to be like us one day and we need to set the best example to them in the stands.

“By all means, cheer me on, sing my name, sing songs about Chelsea but let’s avoid this chant. The fans have been extremely welcoming to me and hopefully we can move forwards together now.”


Chelsea calls on fans to stop anti-Semitic chant about new player

LEICESTER, UK — Chelsea were forced to plead with their fans to ditch an anti-Semitic song about the club’s striker Alvaro Morata after they sang the offensive chant during a 2-1 win at Leicester City on Saturday.

Morata scored his third goal for Chelsea since his club record move from Real Madrid to open the scoring.

But the adulation for the Spain star turned ugly as Chelsea’s travelling fans unveiled a song aimed at their hated London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who have traditionally attracted support from London’s Jewish communities.

“Alvaro, Alvaro. He comes from Madrid. He hates the f****** Yids,” sang Chelsea supporters at the King Power Stadium.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was asked about the song and its anti-Semitic content at the post-match press conference but head of communications and public affairs Steve Atkins quickly stepped in.

“I don’t think Antonio was aware of the song so if I can just speak on behalf of the club,” Atkins said.

“The club and the players appreciate the fans’ passionate support away from home, of course. But the language in that song is not acceptable at all.

“We’ve spoken to Alvaro after the game and he does not want to be connected to that song in any way and both the player and the club request that the supporters stop singing that song with immediate effect.”

It is not the first time Chelsea fans have been caught making offensive chants in recent years.

Videos appeared on social media of some supporters singing anti-Semitic songs ahead of their FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham in April.

Chelsea fans also pushed a black commuter off a Metro train in Paris in February 2015 ahead of a Champions League tie.

White nationalists chant ‘Jews will not replace us’ as they march with torches in Virginia


Chanting “blood and soil,” “white lives matter” and “you will not replace us,” scores of white nationalists holding torches marched across the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Friday night.

Scuffles broke out between them and a small group of counter-protesters calling themselves “anti-fascists” who were surrounded as they demonstrated in advance of Saturday’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, which is expected to be one of the largest far-right gatherings in the U.S. in at least a decade.

Police soon cleared away the demonstrators, according to reporters at the scene.

“The fear we instill in them today only fuels our victory tomorrow,” one rally supporter wrote on Twitter, in a message retweeted by Richard Spencer, one of the nation’s most prominent white nationalists, who is attending the weekend’s events in Virginia.

Spencer also tweeted a selfie, showing him smiling with the marchers’ tiki torches in the background.

“I am safe. I am not fine,” one of the counter-protesters, Emily Gorcenski, tweeted, saying that white nationalists had attacked her group. “What I just witnessed was the end of America.”

Pictures and video of the nighttime march spread rapidly across social media, where many black and left-leaning Americans expressed disgust at the imagery, which to them recalled torch-lit Ku Klux Klan rallies of yesteryear.

“This is a disgrace,” tweeted Martese Johnson, a black University of Virginia alumnus who gained notoriety in 2015 when he was bloodied by police as a student. “I do not believe this is happening on my university’s campus.” (The university is currently between its summer and fall semesters, when more students would be on campus.)

Charlottesville’s mayor expressed outrage at the gathering of white nationalists, who at one point stopped to pay tribute to a statue of Thomas Jefferson, a founding father who owned slaves.

“When I think of candlelight, I want to think of prayer vigils,” wrote Mayor Mike Signer in a Facebook post.

“Today, in 2017,” he continued, “we are instead seeing a cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march” in the hometown “of the architect of our Bill of Rights.”

Noting that everyone has a First Amendment right of assembly and free speech, he said, “Here’s mine: Not only as the Mayor of Charlottesville, but as a UVA faculty member and alumnus, I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus.”

For weeks, white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other far-right figures have been preparing for Saturday’s rally, occasionally running into obstacles as the home-rental company Airbnb banned far-right users for violating the company’s anti-racism policies.

The city had also objected to the demonstrators’ hoped-for gathering spot — the formerly named Lee Park, where the city has ordered the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The city sought to block the rally at the park now called Emancipation Park.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties and human rights group based in Charlottesville, filed a lawsuit Thursday against the city on behalf of the rally organizers. The suit said that the city was unconstitutionally infringing on the demonstrators’ First Amendment rights by directing them to go to a different park.

The city contended that its request wasn’t prompted by the white nationalists’ political beliefs, but because the one-acre Emancipation Park would be too small for the number of demonstrators expected to arrive in the city on Saturday.

But Friday night, a judge sided with the white nationalists and ordered the city to allow them to gather in Emancipation Park, where local leaders promise to have hundreds of law enforcement officials monitoring events.

Democratic Socialists of America launch into anti-Israel chant at convention


Attendees at a convention in Chicago on Saturday for the Democratic Socialists of America launched into an anti-Israel chant after passing a motion to overwhelmingly endorse the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement.

In a video posted to social media following the vote, a number of people at the event began chanting “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” — a popular slogan at anti-Israel protests around the world — as one person waved a Palestinian flag.

Others remained silent as the chanting went on, but the BDS motion — passed with 90 percent approval of the 697 delegates from 49 states — was met with wild applause.

The chant is perceived as a call to eliminate the state of Israel within the 1967 lines, and establishing a state of Palestine from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea instead. Some pro-Palestinian activists argue that the slogan calls for an end to Israel’s military and civilian control over Palestinians in the West Bank and other areas they claim as part of a future state.

The organization reports that it has about 25,000 dues-paying members nationwide, up from 8,000 in recent years.

The motion to endorse BDS read, in part, “Democratic Socialists of America declares itself in solidarity with Palestinian civil society’s nonviolent struggle against apartheid, colonialism, military occupation and for equality, human rights, and self-determination; Democratic Socialists of America responds to Civil Society’s call by fully supporting BDS.”

The statement from the resolution was tweeted by an attendee, the Legal Insurrection website reported.

According to its website, The Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, “is the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal US affiliate of the Socialist International. DSA’s members are building progressive movements for social change, while establishing an openly democratic socialist presence in American communities and politics.”

The organization also says: “We are socialists because we reject an international economic order sustained by private profit, alienated labor, race and gender discrimination, environmental destruction, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo.”

“We are socialists because we share a vision of a humane international social order based both on democratic planning and market mechanisms to achieve equitable distribution of resources, meaningful work, a healthy environment, sustainable growth, gender and racial equality, and non-oppressive relationships.”

While the movement is not officially associated with Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour, DSA is aligned with her, according to the Jerusalem Post. DSA was an official participant in the Women’s March in January 2017, of which Sarsour was a co-organizer, the Post reported.

DSA endorsed Bernie Sanders as a favored candidate for the presidency in the 2016 presidential elections.

Refugees Chanting “Allahu Akhbar” Burn Church In Germany

During a New Year’s Eve celebration in Dortmund, Germany, a mob of more than 1,000 men began chanting “Allahu Akhbar” and causing terror in the streets.

Prior to the incident, initial reports by police described the celebration as “quiet” and “normal,” according to a spokesperson for the city government. 

By 7 p.m., however, one man had been hospitalized with first-degree burns to his face and hands, inflicted by members of a mob who were throwing fireworks at a group of homeless people outside the city’s train station.


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Reports began to trickle in describing a “large number of young men from North Africa,” and police announced at 11:30 p.m. that they were adding reinforcement officers to aid with the much-larger-than-usual presence in the city center.

Federal police officer Volker Stall said there was an “aggressive mood” towards the public and police.

Breitbart reports that the situation turned grave at midnight, as a crowd of “at least 1,000 young men” started throwing fireworks into crowds filled with families and children, according to news outlet Ruhr Nachrichten.

When officers asked the rowdy men to stop, the men turned their aggression toward the police, instead, and began to hurl fireworks at them.

Ruhr Nachrichten also reported that “a group of Syrians sang in celebration of the ceasefire in Syria.”

However, one of the newspaper’s reporters posted a video on Twitter, with the caption ‘Syrians celebrate the truce in their country,’ showing a group of men chanting “Allahu Akhbar” around the flag of al-Qaeda and Islamic State collaborators, ‘Free Syrian Army.’

Fireworks were also launched at St. Reinold’s, Germany’s oldest church, causing firefighters to be called in to put out a fire that was ignited on the roof of the church.

The unruly crowd lit the fireworks near the church despite the city’s prohibition of lighting pyrotechnics near churches.

More than two dozen individuals were injured during the chaos. Some of the injuries were considered serious.

British soccer fans chant antisemitic slogan on London subway (VERY VERY GOOD!!!!)


Fans of a British soccer team were filmed singing an antiaemitic chant on a London subway.

The chant by backers of the Chelsea club followed the team’s victory on Saturday night against the rival Tottenham Hotspur, which has many Jewish and pro-Jewish fans.

“I’ve got foreskin, how about you? F****** Jew,” they reportedly chanted.

One Spurs fan said the Chelsea supporters were “goading any Spurs fans they could” on the subway car and at two stations, the Daily Mirror reported.

Ahead of the match, Chelsea had warned fans in the match’s program and on its website that the club will not tolerate such actions, the London-based Daily Mail reported.

In March, Chelsea fans chanted anti-Semitic abuse at a Jewish subway passenger following a championship match.

Other teams’ fans have chanted the same derogatory line at Spurs fans. In February 2015, supporters of the West Ham United club used the chant while passing through the Stamford Hill neighborhood, which has a high population of haredi Orthodox Jews.

Michigan middle school students chant ‘Build the wall’ — while Latino students cry


For those wondering how Donald Trump could ever have won a state like Michigan after it supported Barack Obama this video explains a lot.

A small group of students at Royal Oak Middle School in Detroit, Michigan broke out into chants of “Build the wall” the day after the election, according to The Detroit News.

According to a Facebook video of the event that has now gone viral, “Latino children were crying.” Dee Perez-Scott, who posted the video, said, “the taunts, the “Build that Wall” with such bullying power and hate from children to children. Just Horrifying!”

“We addressed this incident when it occurred. We are addressing it today,” Royal Oak Schools superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin said in a statement today. “We are working with our students to help them understand the impact of their words and actions on others in their school community,” the statement continued.

As of Thursday morning, officers from the Royal Oak Police Department have been on hand and will be throughout the day, Lt. Keith Spencer said.

“We are aware of the video and are monitoring comments on it as it gets shared,” he said.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton spoke frequently about bullying behavior by Donald Trump, his policies and his campaign. She launched a campaign ad and a web ad of children responding to his words and actions that showed him mocking various groups of people.

Students at a Pennsylvania school also made newsafter marching through their school with Trump signs shouting, “white power.” Students at a Minnesota school were greeted to “F*ck n*ggers” being written on a door after the election. The writings also read “F*ck all porch monkeys” and “Whites only” above Trump’s name.

Catholic fans chant ‘You killed Jesus’ during basketball game

Catholic high school students chanted, “You killed Jesus” at a basketball game against a predominantly Jewish high school in a Boston suburb on Friday night.

During the playoff contest between Catholic Memorial School and the public Newton North High School, fans of the latter began shouting, “Sausage fest!” at the opposing team, an off-color reference to the fact that CMS is an all-boys institution.

In response, the Catholic fans repeated, “You killed Jesus, you killed Jesus,” spectators at the event said.

The Catholic fans’ cheer was a reference to Jewish deicide, the charge that Jews are responsible for the death of Jesus Christ.

“We are appalled at the behavior of some fans during Friday night’s game and are deeply concerned about why they thought this chant was appropriate at a high school basketball game,” Robert O. Trestan, director of the Anti-Defamation League’s New England Region, said in a statement.

“Hate speech has no place in the stands of any sporting event,” Trestan said.

The Catholic school’s principal, Peter Folan, told The Washington Posthe was “deeply disturbed” by the chant.

“CM faculty and staff acted immediately to stop the behavior. Administrators from both schools and representatives from the MIAA discussed the incident. At the conclusion of the game, CM students were reprimanded and each student personally apologized to the Principal of Newton North High School and shook his hand before leaving the arena,” Folan said.

In 1965, the Catholic Church issued the Nostra Aetate declaration, which stated that Jews were not to be discriminated against or harassed, despite the fact that some Jews did call for the death of Jesus some 2,000 years ago.

“True, the Jewish authorities and those who followed their lead pressed for the death of Christ; still, what happened in His passion cannot be charged against all the Jews, without distinction, then alive, nor against the Jews of today,” the Nostra Aetate declaration said.

CMS principal Folan noted that his school had also been ridiculed with unkind chants during the game, and said, “We will work diligently within our own community and with other schools to end this abhorrent behavior. We apologize for the actions of our students and we will continue to strenuously address this issue within our community.”

Pro-Palestinian protesters in Sweden chant ‘slaughter the Jews’

Hundreds of protesters in the Swedish city of Malmo were filmed Monday chanting in Arabic about slaughtering Jews and stabbing soldiers.

Pro-Palestinian groups organized a rally in the city center against what they called Israeli violence and to show solidarity with Palestinians amid deadly measures taken by Israeli authorities to stop the recent spate of attacks on Jews in Israel and the West Bank.

Isaac Bachman, Israel’s ambassador to Sweden, posted on his Facebook account a video taken at the rally showing hundreds chanting “’slaughter the Jews, stab soldiers.” In other slogans, the chanters encouraged “heroes to carry out attack after attack” and to “start a third intifada.”

“These are extremely troubling instances of a grotesque but nevertheless very real – and murderous – incitement which must be dealt with by the full force of the law,” Bachman wrote.

His wife, Osnat, wrote about the video: “Swedish people: Is this what you believe in? Is this what you bargained for? Are these your morals? Since I know the answers I feel ashamed in your name.”

Malmo has a few hundred Jewish residents who, in recent years, have come under attack from some members of the southern city’s Muslim community, which constitutes one third of the city’s population.

According to Swedish tabloid Expressen, over the past two years, some 137 anti-Semitic incidents have been recorded in the Malmo region, a figure higher than anywhere else in Sweden.

Separately, the Scandinavian airline SAS announced on Wednesday that it would stop flights from Copenhagen to Tel Aviv at the end of March, along with Ankara and Russia, citing profitability issues.

SAS spokeswoman Trine Kromann denied claims made in the Israeli media that the line was profitable — the Israel Hayom daily reported Tuesday that the line had seen a 41 percent increase in traffic in 2014 over 2013 — and denied that the decision to stop the flights to Israel was in fact politically motivated.

Kromann said SAS did not share or discuss traffic statistics, “which in any case are only a part of the commercial calculation for determining profitability.”She added: “We also look at, for example, the price we can get per ticket and operating costs.”

The line to Tel Aviv is a particularly costly one for SAS, Kromann also said.