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Anti-semitic Disturbance

An anti-Semitic disturbance marred a football match between the Go Ahead football club of Deventer and the Feyenoord club of Rotterdam in Deventer Saturday afternoon. Supporters of the Feyenoord club carried banners which included the slogan, “Death to all Jews.” The Deventer public prosecutor, who was attending the match, ordered the arrest of 14 of the Feyenoord supporters.

A similar disturbance occurred recently in Amsterdam when Feyenoord played against the home team football club, Ajax. There, too, some Feyenoord supporters displayed an anti-Semitic banner.

Ajax is sometimes considered a “Jewish club” because in the past two of its prominent players were Jews although none of the Ajax players is Jewish at this time. The Go Ahead club also has no Jewish players presently and the Jewish community of Deventer in the east of The Netherlands is extremely small.