British Prime Minister David Cameron said that fans of London’s Tottenham Hotspur soccer club should not be prosecuted for chanting the word “Yid” because their use of the word was not motivated by hate. Cameron’s view differs from that of the English Football Association and Jewish groups, who say the term is offensive.
Fans of the soccer club, which is commonly known as the Spurs, often use the word “Yid” to describe themselves and sometimes call themselves the Yid Army. Just days ago, during Yom Kippur, Spurs fans chanted “We’re Tottenham Hotspur, we’ll sing what we want” during a Premier League match and applauded players with the chant “Yiddo.”
“There’s a difference between Spurs fans self-describing themselves as Yids and someone calling someone a Yid as an insult. You have to be motivated by hate. Hate speech should be prosecuted-but only when it’s motivated by hate,” Cameron told the London Jewish Chronicle.