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Over 150 Football Fans Arrested for Chanting Antisemitic Songs in Amsterdam


Dutch police arrested 154 football fans on Saturday for chanting anti-Semitic chants in the metro.

The fans supporting AZ Alkmaar were on their way to the watch the team play Jewish-associated club Ajax in Amsterdam.

The metro train was brought to a halt at around 7:30 pm. The police said the fans were repeatedly told to stop. They were finally arrested for collective insult.

According to AT5 radio, the 154 supporters arrested were from Alkmaar, which the police did not confirm.

Ajax Amsterdam is often associated with the city’s Jewish community, not least because some of its leaders and players in the 1960s and 70s were Jewish.

The chairman of the central Jewish body, Chanan Hertzberger, expressed his gratitude to the police.

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