Fans of a Buenos Aires-based football team chanted about “killing the Jews to make soap” before a game against a team with a history of Jewish fans.
Jewish News reports that the Argentina umbrella Jewish organisation DAIA filed a criminal complaint Tuesday against the fans of Chacarita Juniors based on a video from March 16 that went viral on social media in Argentina.
An often debunked rumor from World War II involved the Nazis making soap from dead Jewish bodies.
“Chaca is coming along the road, killing the Jews to make soap,” the fans chanted in the video.
Chacarita was preparing to play Atlanta, two teams based in Villa Crespo, a Buenos Aires neighbourhood with a traditionally large Jewish population. Founded in 1904, Atlanta has historically received support from Jewish fans and featured several Jewish players and administrators.
The teams have been fierce rivals in the second tier of professional Argentine football for decades.
“The episode is an incitement to violence, to persecution, to hate, and represents a threat against the Jewish community as a whole,” DAIA wrote in a statement.
DAIA showed the video of the chants in federal court in the Buenos Aires area where the incident occurred.
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