More than 150 soccer supporters were detained by Dutch police on Saturday night for yelling anti-Semitic slurs on their way to an event in Amsterdam.
The event happened at a metro stop adjacent to the Johan Cruijff ArenA, where Ajax Amsterdam plays in the city.
According to the local news station AT5, those detained were supporters of AZ Alkmaar.
Ajax’s detractors frequently refer to the squad as “The Jews,” given the club has had several noteworthy Jewish players and chairmen.
Last year, a judge sentenced two Dutch soccer fans who wrote antisemitic graffiti on a player’s uniform to 60 hours of community service and made them go to Amsterdam’s Holocaust Memorial of Names.
Two men, 42 and 47 years old, who were Feyenoord supporters painted a mural on a wall in Rotterdam picturing soccer player Steven Berghuis as having a big, hooked nose and dressing in the same striped clothing as inmates of concentration camps administered by the Nazis.
The former Feyenoord footballer was also sporting a kippah and a yellow Star of David emblem.
The caricature’s caption said, “Jews always run.”
Police in the Netherlands looked into a video from a pre-game event in 2021 in which supporters screamed, “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas.”
The incident happened before a match between Vitesse of Arnhem and Ajax of Amsterdam.
A gang of 50 men verbally and physically beat a Jewish man, known only as “Joram,” two years prior on Liberation Day, a national festival, while police looked on.
The men sang, “My father was in the commandos, my mother was in the SS, together they burned Jews ’cause Jews burn the best,” while sitting in a park next to the Dutch parliament building when Joram ordered them to stop. They were wearing Feyenoord soccer shirts.
Despite complaints to the police, it appears they took no action as Joram, sporting an Ajax Amsterdam cap, was shoved by the crowd.
06.05.2023 Netherlands🇳🇱 Ajax Amsterdam vs AZ Alkmaar.
AZ cought by 1312 ~150 arrested for singing anti jew songs about Ajax. All had to give ID and put in cell for few hours. pic.twitter.com/khv7SGeOyd
— Gruppaof (@gruppaof_hools) May 7, 2023