Supreme Court: 'Death to Arabs' dangerous racism

April 23, 2006 16:44

The chant 'Death to Arabs' is a dangerous form of racism, Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levi stated on Sunday. According to Levi, the repeated chants have become all too common in Israel and particularly in soccer games. He added that this call was a "dangerous" phenomenon that must be completely condemned and eradicated. Levi's remarks were said as part of a ruling in which he rejected the appeal of Shmuel Tahan, a Betar Jerusalem fan who was convicted of incitement after making explicit statements against Arabs in Jerusalem's Teddi soccer stadium four years ago. Tahan was sentenced to 250 hours of community service and was ordered to pay NIS 1,000 to an organization that promotes Jewish-Arab coexistence.

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