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        1/16/2014, Shevat 15, 5774

      Polish Soccer Fans Chanting "Gas the Jews" Cleared

      International Business Times reports Polish municipal prosecutor Monika Rutkowsk has declared that anti-Semitic chants by football fans during a Polish league match were not criminal offenses. Lech Poznan supporters chanted to opposing team Widzew Lodz: "Move on, Jews! Your home is at Auschwitz! Send you to the gas [chamber]!" during a match in September 2013, says IBT.

      IBT adds that according to Rutkowsk, the anti-Semitic slurs were directed at the Widzew Lodz players and not specifically at Jews, and were made in the context of a sporting event rather than a discussion of political or social issues. The not-guilty verdict was condemned by Open Poland, notes IBT, an organisation that combats xenophobia and anti-Semitism. By this logic, Open Poland's spokeswoman Agnieszka Gliszczyńska-Grabiec said, the prosecutor would only find indications of anti-Semitism "if bearded Jews wearing skullcaps and black coats were sitting in the stands."

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