Polish football fans: "Death to the Hooked Noses"

17 May 2010 by CST

Five Polish football fans have been arrested for displaying antisemitic banners at a match in Rzeszow, southern Poland, two weeks ago:

The banners were unfurled by fans of Resovia Rzeszow during a match Saturday against local rival Stala Rzeszow. One depicted a caricatured man with a large hooked nose wearing a striped yarmulke, a Jewish skullcap, in the blue-and-white colours of the opposing team. Those are also the colours of the Israeli flag and the skullcap's pattern evoked the striped prison garb worn by some prisoners at Auschwitz.

A second large banner read: "Death to the Hooked Noses."

Polish media reported that ahead of the game, fans marched through the city with a banner that said "The Aryan hordes are coming."

Police say in a statement that they detained five Rzeszow residents and charged two of them under a law banning public incitement against ethnic or religious groups.

Poland's football federation also banned Resovia Rzeszow fans from attending the team's games through the end of the season.

These photographs of the banner are taken from the Elder of Ziyon blog:

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