‘Gas the Jews’ chants are not racist, rules Polish official
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A polish prosecutor has decided that football terrace chants such as “Auschwitz is your home, all Poland knows that” and “Move on, Jews, to the gas” are not antisemitic.
The chants were heard three months ago during a match between Lech Poznan and Widzew Lodz.
Concerns over racism prompted Poland’s general prosecutor to order an investigation into the chanting.
This week, the prosecutor in Poznan, Monika Rutkowska, said she was calling off the investigation because: “The chants took place during a sporting event and were directed at rival players and their supporters, not specifically towards Jews.” She added that the investigation showed there were no grounds for further prosecution.
Agnieszka Gliszczynska-Grabias from anti-racism organisation Open Republic said: “Reading the justifications of the Poznan prosecutor’s office, one gets the impression that only chants directed at people dressed as Jews in football stadiums would be considered a manifestation of hate.”
Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza reported that the Proznan prosecutor’s decision would be re-examined by the appellate prosecutor.