Attack on Tottenham fans coincides with report showing ‘unprecedented rise’ in anti-Semitism in France


An apparent anti-Semitic attack on Tottenham fans in Lyon, France, coincides with the publication of a report showing a 58 per cent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the country in 2012.

PubThree Tottenham Hotspur supporters were taken to hospital yesterday after a group of men wearing balaclavas gave Nazi salutes and smashed the windows of the Smoking Dog Pub where Tottenham fans were gathered.

While none of the travelling fans were Jewish, Tottenham Hotspur football club has long been associated with London’s Jewish community.

The fact that the attackers were seen by witnesses flinging their arms in the air in Nazi salutes lends credence to speculation that the attack was motivated by anti-Semitism.

The attack also coincides with the release of a report showing a 58 per cent rise in anti-Semitic attacks in France in 2012.

There were 614 anti-Semitic acts documented in France last year compared to 389 in 2011.

“2012 has been a year of unprecedented violence against Jews in France,” said the report released on Tuesday by the security unit of France’s Jewish communities (SPCJ).

Incidents where victims were assaulted physically or verbally on the street witnessed an increase of 82 percent, to 315 last year compared to 177 cases in 2011, SPCJ said.

This has added to worries that Europe is seeing a resurgence in anti-Semitism.

Earlier this month Italian police arrested three men suspected of being involved in an incident in Rome last November, when Tottenham fans were allegedly attacked in a pub in Rome.

Witnesses described hearing the assailants chanting “Jews” during the attack.

Last year a Europe-wide survey by the Anti-Defamation League found that:

  • In Spain, where Jewish civic groups say Spaniards blame their economic woes on the country’s Jews, 72 percent of the population holds anti-Jewish views, compared with 64 percent in 2009.
  • In Hungary, 63 percent of the population holds anti-Semitic views, up from 47 percent in 2009.
  • In Poland, 48 percent show anti-Semitic attitudes, about the same as 2009.
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  • david

    So let’s get this straight. A non-Jewish business was attacked, with non-Jewish people inside, and somehow it’s an act of anti-semitism? This is the kind of thing that makes people roll their eyes and start getting annoyed when they hear “anti-semitism”. Nobody takes it seriously anymore when garbage like this is reported so falsely.

  • Truthspeaker

    Tottenham has traditionally had a large Jewish following and opposition fans have been know to chant anti-semitic chants at Tottenham fans and players

  • Truthspeaker

    I’m not easily convinced but if eye witnesses say that the attackers were doing Nazi salutes when they were attacking the tottenham fans then it sounds like maybe, just maybe the attack was anti-semitic.

    P.s. I’m an Arsenal Fan.

  • http://twitter.com/FRANCISGERALDAL FRANCIS GERALD ALLEN

    Lyon being the headquarters/home of Klaus Barbie would certainly add credence to the attacks on Tottenham fans
    and as the article states there are increasing attacks on Jewish propertie’s, individuals etc.I would like to think that it’s just football hooliganism, all football teams have their ultra/neofascist elements, and unfortunately it’s up to the French police authoritie’s and then the French anti=fascist groups to oppose this rise in anti-semitism.
    Roderick Bateman;Why the editor is allowing your racist crap on a socialist blog God only knows. But in the pursuit of free speech,I presume that is the reason for letting you post on here.So here is a little history lesson for you.White countries weren’t forced to open there borders to non-whites, it was due to booming factories and a massive growth due to post war re-construction and demand created by such Keynesian policies that led to such a massive labour shortage in the the rebulding economies of war torn Europe. So therefore the former colonial powers i.e. Britain, France, Holland, Belgium and of course the eventual rebuiding of Germany with Marshall aid(and for those old enough to remember Enoch Powell as Health Minister in Churchill/Edens postwar Tory government as the biggest recruiting seargent for immigrant labour from the Carribean, India, Africa, Ireland and all other parts of the empire; ditto France etc. What isn’t discussed much is a hope of the employers was that these new recruits to the workforce would be a counter to the growing T.U. movement and their demands for better wages and conditions, fortunately these new recruits to the workforce became involved in the unions and the struggles,in the main.

  • withpower

    Oh, it was booming factories and Keynsian Economics.

    And now he’s added the “worker’s struggle” to the equation.

    No, it was the Jews. Try spinning the Goy Wheel on less informed opponents.

  • http://twitter.com/FRANCISGERALDAL FRANCIS GERALD ALLEN

    Roderick Bateman; If I knew what a Goy Wheel was I wouldn’t try and spin it on a degenerate Hitler loving specimen like you. It’s marvelous how you people try to re-write history.Try telling the Czechs, Poles, Dutch, Belgian, French, Greeks and Soviets who experienced Hitler’s peace loving policies at first hand and lost millions of their population in the process(or is this more Jewish propganda?)
    Oh, Iv’e heard of paragraphs alright, but with or without them Ithink you have managed to fathom what I have written.
    Pity this has to be said on a piece about football hooliganism; but I think it is essential that this younger generation is given plenty of information/education about the evil of Hitler and Nazi Germany and their fascist allies and about the glorious victories of the Allied Powers, Particularly the massive sacrifices of the Soviet Union and the Red Army(20m.+ Soviet citizens lost teir lives)
    Even Churchill stated that it was the Red Army that tore the guts out of the Nazi war machine

  • Mick

    Whenever leftists talk about antisemitism, they only mention cases in which the far-right are involved. However, Islamic antisemitism is the jet propellor of this increase in Europe.

    As undercover and research work has shown, even by Channel 4, antisemitic attitudes are par for the course with Muslims, which is hardly surprising as their own holy texts contain plenty of Muhammad’s own hatreds towards the Jews. Read ‘em for yourself.

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/12868

    http://antisemitism.org.il/article/74844/sharp-rise-antisemitism-among-european-muslims

  • Newsbot9

    Same old copy/pasted racist nonsense. Thanks for admitting you’re outright genocidal, though – you’re a danger to the public. Also, thanks for admitting being an anti-Semite and a bigot.

  • Newsbot9

    Ah yes, making excuses for the blood on the hands of your thugs as ever. Your typically anti-Semitic conspiracy theories show where you’re coming from – the far right.

  • Newsbot9

    Nope, we know you’re making excuses for far right violence. Again.
    You’re the self-admittedly genocidal anti-Semite here.

  • Newsbot9

    Repeatedly copy pasting your genocidal, racist, anti-semetic screed again I see.

  • Newsbot9

    Because they’re Labourites, not Socalists, Francis. Sadly.

  • Newsbot9

    Your inventions only appear where you put them, how shocking! The people who need protection from your thugs are your victims, not other white people.

    Thanks again for admitting your genocidal aims.

  • Newsbot9

    Your fantasy men say a lot to you. America has known for a long time it was headed for a white minority, and only genocidal, racist loons like you are worried about it.

  • Newsbot9

    We talk about attacks. The attacks you and your far right thugs carry out on a regular basis. When a Muslim does that, it gets mentioned – but that’s far rarer in Britain.

    And of course when it overlaps with Jihadii attitudes like yours…

  • Mick

    ‘We talk about attacks’.

    Newsbot attacks people he doesn’t agree with all the time. Rarely articulates his own rebuttal, just does exactly what he blames others for.

  • Newsbot9

    Yes, your imaginary code has your imagination in a tizzy. I’m anti-hate.

  • Newsbot9

    Yes, keep copy/pasting imaginary crap.

  • Newsbot9

    Yes yes, keep making it plain that your “answer” is genocide.

  • Newsbot9

    More copy pasted nonsense spam from you.

  • Newsbot9

    Yes yes, keep making it up, trying to turn your thuggery and attacks around, Keep on supporting your extreme right!

  • Newsbot9

    Yes, given you’re a genocidal anti-human, that follows. That you find this funny speaks to your inhumanity, spammer.

  • Newsbot9

    It’s your fantasy codeword for your spam, yes.

  • withpower

    And where is your Eastern Front Red Army now?

    We own it.

  • withpower

    And there is plenty of education out there about the Holohoax, Frankie. All the kind you don’t want — you know, with real blueprints, that blow your fable of “6 Million oy vey” out of the water.

    The relentless attacks on Hitler need to keep coming in the media because the internet has destroyed the Judeo-Left’s previious monopoly on the issue, and has destroyed their ability to keep information from reaching the folks it needs to reach.

    I don’t see Hezbollah or Hamas — real warriors against Zio-Commie genociders — flying the hammer and sickle. No, they choose the Roman Salute.

    “At the time of supreme peril I must die a martyr’s death for the people. But after my death will come something really great, an overwhelming revelation to the world of my mission. My spirit will rise from the grave, and the world will see I was right.”

    Adolf Hitler

  • withpower

    Oh, your children will not agree with this, Newsbot.

    I’m sure you’ll feel quite differently when you’re living inside South Africa part II. They aren’t going to ask which way you voted when they break into your house and rape your daughters.

  • withpower

    I’m sure the present people of the world really enjoy the fruits of the “glorious victories of the Allied Powers” — “free trade” and debt-based currency.

    Oh, wait. They hate it.

  • withpower

    Yes — that’s exactly where I’m coming from. The far right.

    It isn’t a slur. Come see us, kikevermin.

  • Natasha Alexandra
  • Natasha Alexandra

    Agre 100% This is obviously a false flag. MY guess is the hooligans were antifa. http://www.europeanknightsproject.org/#!islamist-named-yousef-al-khattab-cohen/c2qs

  • Natasha Alexandra
  • Natasha Alexandra