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  Elul 3, 5767 , 17/08/07

Israeli Soccer Fans Strike Back at Antisemites

Antisemitic Bosnian soccer fans received a surprise Thursday when Israeli soccer fans did something they did not think they would do: fight back. Three Bosnians are still in the hospital following the incident. The violence occurred during Hapoel Tel Aviv's 3:0 victory over Siroki Brijeg in Bosnia.

According to Hapoel's fans, "an entire bleacher-full of Bosnian fans" began shouting "Sieg Heil" at the Israelis and giving Nazi salutes. In response, one of Hapoel's fans threw a firecracker into the Bosnian bleacher. The firecracker set fire to several seats.

Bosnian police moved in and began hitting Hapoel fans. The fans were then evicted from the stadium. As the buses they were in drove away, some Bosnian children chased after them and threw rocks, one of which smashed a window and almost hit the driver, a fan told NRG.  

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