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Video shows two men stealing trousers from victim they call ‘Jew’ in Vienna

Clip which surfaced online shows man being ordered to take off his clothes, with one perpetrator shouting: 'It’s that easy with you Jews' as he runs off

Screenshot from video
Screenshot from video

   Police are reportedly not treating as a hate crime an incident in which two men were caught on video in Vienna stealing another man’s trousers and calling him a Jew.

The video, which surfaced last week and which seems to have been taken by the unidentified perpetrators, shows a young man being ordered to take off his trousers by two men speaking German with a Viennese accent, the Heute news site of Austria reported Sunday. As they run off, one of the men shouts back at the man whose trousers were stolen: “It’s that easy with you Jews.”

Journalist Liam Hoare reported on Twitter Monday that the Vienna police department told him that it is familiar with the incident and that its working assumption is that the incident is not a hate crime but an altercation between fans of rival soccer teams.

Several football teams across Europe are associated by their supporters as being Jewish, as is the case with Amsterdam’s Ajax team, Munich’s Bayern and Tottenham Hotspur. This sometimes leads to antisemitic chants at soccer stadiums.  According to scholars of antisemitism, the phenomenon has seeped into other parts of society not directly connected to sports.

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