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Italian judge: Soccer chants about Jews not hate speech

ROME (JTA) – An Italian judge ruled that soccer fans chanting a slogan featuring the word “Jews” was not hate speech, sparking an angry response from the Jewish community.

In a letter to Italy’s justice minister, Andrea Orlando, the president of the Rome Jewish community, Ruth Dureghello called the ruling earlier this month “undoubtedly an alarming precedent for justice” in Italy that “in essence legitimizes the use of the adjective Jew in a derogatory and racist form and in any case a tool of derision during sporting events.”

Orlando was quoted by the news media as saying he would look into the matter.

The president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, Noemi Di Segni, issued a separate protest to soccer authorities.

The case dates back to March 2013, when two fans of the Lazio soccer team were caught on camera during a match between Lazio and Catania chanting “giallorosso ebreo,” Italian for “yellow-red Jew” — apparently directed against the Catania team. The chant refers to Lazio’s archrival, Roma, whose team colors are yellow and red.

In his ruling, Judge Ezio Damizia acquitted the pair of incitement and racial hatred, saying the term “giallorosso ebreo” was aimed simply at “ridiculing the opposing team” and fell within the scope of the long “sporting rivalry” between Lazio and Roma.

Militant Lazio fans are notorious for anti-Semitic and racist behavior. Just weeks before the March 2013 chanting incident, European soccer authorities sanctioned Lazio for earlier anti-Semitic behavior by fans with a suspended one-game stadium ban.

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Anti-Zionist-Not-Antisemite Of The Day: Rick Hady (Toledo, Ohio)

Meet Rick Hady.

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Rick is a 60-year-old man living in Toledo, Ohio, who works as a People Development Specialist for Chrysler. But to Rick, developing people apparently means throwing childish insults at Jews.

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That alone suggests Rick has a real issue with Jewish people. But he’d deny it and say “just the Zionists.”

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A bit hard to reconcile this with the “You’re all smelly” comment. But it’s obvious why. Poor Rick has a hard time keeping the Jew hatred in.

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In Rick’s defense, he probably did not count on a Jewish person like me looking at the vile antisemitism on comments on his FB wall, and discovering he had ‘liked’ them.

Rick, thanks for playing anti-Zionist-not-antisemitic. Unfortunately, you lose!

Stanford student leader: It’s not anti-Semitic to claim Jews control media, economy

A member of Stanford University’s Student Senate argued that it is “not anti-Semitism” to claim Jews control “the media, economy, government and other social institutions.”

Gabriel Knight, a junior, made the remark at a Student Senate meeting Tuesday addressing a proposed resolution on anti-Semitism, according to the Stanford Daily, the main campus newspaper. Knight also said, “Questioning these potential power dynamics, I think, is not anti-Semitism. I think it’s a very valid discussion.”

He apologized later in the meeting after Jewish community leaders and a Jewish student accused him of anti-Semitism.

“I will apologize for when I supposed that [the clause] wasn’t anti-Semitic,” said Knight. “It wasn’t right for me to say that Jewish people can’t be offended by that. What I meant to say is that it’s still making a political statement, which is my problem with the clause — it’s an important conversation we should be having.”

Knight’s remarks came during a debate over language in the proposed resolution, which offers guidelines for defining anti-Semitism and calls on the student governmental body to oppose anti-Semitic activities and fund anti-discrimination education.

The resolution initially included “anti-Zionism” in its definition of anti-Semitism, a term removed in response to objections made at a meeting last week. However, several speakers at Tuesday’s meeting objected to language linking “anti-Semitism to the denial of Israel’s right to exist.”

Another point of contention was a clause that deemed demonizing, delegitimizing and applying double standards to Israel anti-Semitic, which the Senate voted to delete, saying it would restrict “legitimate criticism of Israeli policy.”

According to the Stanford Review, a campus publication that describes itself as “a political magazine that promotes independent thought at Stanford,” some at the meeting also questioned whether the Anti-Defamation League was qualified to educate about anti-Semitism.

The resolution was tabled so sponsors and supporters could assess whether or not to support it without the language that was cut.