Tue May 20, 2014 10:10 am Maccabi Victory Sparks Torrent of Anti-Semitic Abuse
Maccabi Tel Aviv Victory Sparks Torrent of Anti-Semitic Abuse
17,500 anti-Semitic Twitter posts in Spain after Maccabi Tel Aviv victory in Euroleague Championship; complaints lodged.
By AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
May 20, 2014
Twitter users in Spain posted 17,500 messages of anti-Semitic abuse after Israeli basketball team Maccabi Tel Aviv beat Real Madrid on Sunday to win the Euroleague Championship, Jewish associations said Tuesday.
Twelve Jewish groups in the northeastern Catalonia region lodged a legal complaint over the messages, which they said flooded the Twitter network after Maccabi's 98-86 win.
Angry Spanish supporters created an expletive anti-Semitic hashtag in their messages after the match, which briefly became one of the most popular keywords on Twitter in Spain.
Ruben 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.
Eleven other Jewish associations have joined the lawsuit, which has presented copies of anti-Semitic tweets to state prosecutors. The associations 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 in jail in Spain. . . . [More]