web analytics
September 2, 2014 / 7 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



Tottenham Jewish Fans Continue ‘Yid’ Chants Despite Police Warning

You can't call anyone "Yid" in England, not even yourself.
"Jermain Defoe, he's a Yiddo."

"Jermain Defoe, he's a Yiddo."

Thousands of Tottenham Hotspur soccer fans defied police warnings not to use the word “Yid” in their chants during their teams match with West Ham United at White Hart Lane in north London, Sky News reported Monday.

Tottenham fans chanted “We’ll sing what we want” and “Yid Army.” One Tottenham fan was arrested after police promised to be “on the look out” for fans using the offensive word. Chief Superintendent Mick Johnson, the match commander, insisted that “racism and offensive language have no place in football.”

Scotland Yard has threatened Tottenham fans with arrest if they happen to use the word “Yid” in any of their chants even if they happen to be themselves Jewish. They have been warned that the use of the term “Yid” in any public setting amounts to a criminal offense with charges related to racism. Tottenham fans might find themselves booted from attending soccer matches for the foreseeable future, the Inquisitr reported.

The word “Yid” is Yiddish for “Jew.” According to Sky News, the Tottenham club has a massive Jewish following and so its fans have been on the receiving end of antisemitic abuse from their rivals over the years. So, in an act of defiance, they started using the word “Yid” in chants about their team.

Tottenham-Hotspur-Yid-Army

Some Tottenham fans hailed their own star players by shouting “Yiddo” at them. “Jermain Defoe, he’s a Yiddo” was heard throughout the match.

On one occasion when Spurs fans sang “Yids,” West Ham supporters responded with loud shouts of “Racists! Racists!”

Both teams feature the word “ham” in their names…

Police arrested one Tottenham supporter on suspicion of using threatening, abusive or insulting words under section 5 of the Public Order Act.

He was held at half-time in the stadium’s East Stand, where he was able to follow the game under politically correct supervision.

Speaking before the game, Chief Supt Johnson said: “This topic has been debated at length but our position is clear – racism and offensive language have no place in football or indeed in society.”

And that includes self-inflicted racism, mister!

“Those supporters who engage in such behavior should be under no illusion that they may be committing an offense and may be liable to a warning or be arrested,” Johnson added.

Last month, British Prime Minister David Cameron, a Conservative, tried to strike a note of sanity when he said Spurs fans who use the word “Yid” should not face prosecution.

The Prime Minister told The Jewish Chronicle: “There’s a difference between Spurs fans self-describing themselves as Yids and someone calling someone a Yid as an insult,” Cameron said. “You have to be motivated by hate. Hate speech should be prosecuted – but only when it’s motivated by hate.”

But police, British or otherwise, are not big on legal subtleties. You can’t say the word “Yid” even if you are one.

If comedian Richard Pryor appeared in England, he’d be spending half his career in jail…

The game ended in a 3-0 victory for West Ham, a bastion of anti-racist fans…

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

One Response to “Tottenham Jewish Fans Continue ‘Yid’ Chants Despite Police Warning”

  1. Alan Kardon says:

    Suggest Jewish fans start wearing STAR OF DAVID arm bands with the words NEVER AGAIN on them.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh would replace Abbas chairman of the Palestinian Authority if elections were held today.
Poll: Hamas Would Rule Judea and Samaria in New Elections
Latest News Stories
Former Congressman Eric Cantor is going to Wall Street.

Cantor can thank his defeat to a Tea Party candidate for leading him to more lucrative and stable career.

Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh would replace Abbas chairman of the Palestinian Authority if elections were held today.

Hamas won the war in political terms, but that won’t stop Kerry.

Cannabis Greenhouse

A farmer in the (legal) Tikkun Olan Cannabis farm near Tzfat. This is one of their greenhouses. The company is licensed by Israel’s Ministry of Health to grow, process and distribute the medicinal plant.

Police set up roadblocks throughout the Sharon region and beyond to track down terrorists believed to have infiltrated the area.

Israeli intelligence sparked a massive manhunt that foiled an Arab terror attack, caught two suspects and kept Israeli civilians safe.

The ‘Talansky affair’ corruption trial of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert re-opened today in Jerusalem.

Iran has successfully tested a new defensive radar and missile system, its air force chief announced Monday.

Diplomatic relations with Israel are likely to remain in deep freeze for the next few years, Turkish PM Davutoglu signals.

Events on the other side of Israel’s northern border are heating up. The IDF is on high alert in the Golan Heights.

Germany and other western countries have begun providing weapons to Kurds in fight against the IS.

Sept. 1 is a spectacularly important day in Israel.

BDS will be claim victory, but the truth is that a logistics would be a major factor if SodaStream leaves Maaleh Adumim.

The body of 1st Sgt. Shachar Shalev was laid to rest this afternoon in the cemetery in Hipsin.

Palestinian Authority terrorists wounded a three-year-old girl and a bus driver in two separate rock throwing and firebombing attacks on Monday. Both victims suffered light injuries and were treated on the spot, without need for hospitalization. The girl was riding a bus in northern Jerusalem when the attackers smashed a glass window on the bus. […]

“He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” – Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994.

Palestinian Authority manipulation of the media makes it impossible for peace between PA Arabs and Israelis.

“I know that you spent your vacation doing things not according to what you planned,” the prime minister told students in southern Israel.

More Articles from Yori Yanover
rain ATM

A Jerusalem woman is trying to hold on to her umbrella while withdrawing some cash at a Meah Shearim ATM, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The rain appeared out of the blue (which is how rain should), after a warm week that started to feel like summer. Well, it don’t feel like summer no more. Last […]

Rabbi Meir Mazuz (seen visiting a synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn) declared in a public Internet psak that it is legal for a Jew to go up to temple Mount.

Needless to say, Shas, the Haredi Sefardi party, is not happy.

“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”

Here’s the Israeli Navy boat INS Hanit arriving in Eilat on Saturday, March 8, 2014, after capturing the Klos C, which was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied weapons made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip. Here’s Israeli Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ram Rotberg speaking with the INS Hanit soldiers in […]

Pat Condell has a new video out, so, sit back, have fun. By the way, Message to Offended Muslims should not be confused with Message to Off Handed Muslims. Also, I’d love to hear what he has to say about Haredim.

The description that came with this picture says: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with American actor Bette Midler during an event at the house of Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan in Hollywood on March 6, 2014. But Bette Midler is not really an actor, she’s a singer who made movies for the LGBT community and […]

We will shut them up in the campuses, we will shut them up in the high schools, we will shut them up at the 92nd St. Y.

An Israeli female soldier (because they’re better at removing babies from their homes) evacuates a baby from a settlement in Judea and Samaria some time in the recent past. I’m thinking, if the baby was angry enough, couldn’t he evacuate in return, right there in her arms? Imagine the same picture, except with a settler […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/tottenham-jewish-fans-continue-yid-chants-despite-police-warning/2013/10/08/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: