Antisemitism in football
Kick It Out has long been campaigning around issues of antisemitism and anti-Jewish abuse in football.
Working in partnership with the game’s governing bodies, community organisations, grassroots clubs and educational establishments, the campaign strives to raise awareness on this area of discrimination.
Most notably, Kick It Out released a film in 2011, entitled ‘The Y-Word’, written and produced by David and Ivor Baddiel, to encourage debate around the use of the word and the wider consequences of this.
The film was launched in conjunction with Maccabi GB, Community Security Trust and the Shoresh Foundation, and has now received over 145,000 views and nearly 600 comments via YouTube.
To help educate and inform the younger generation on the history of the Jewish community and issues of antisemitism, Kick It Out released an educational resource, entitled ‘Think Again!’ to accompany the film with two launches in London and Manchester co-ordinated with the National Union of Teachers (NUT). Please click here to download.
In November 2013, David and Ivor attended the European Jewish Congress for the European Parliament Symposium in Brussels to discuss the film and the response it has received since its launch.
Kick It Out has also played a leading role in informing the Police, via its online reporting facility True Vision, of antisemitic messages posted on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
The campaign continues to develop its strong links with Maccabi GB, the Community Security Trust, the London Jewish Museum, the Manchester Jewish Museum, the European Jewish Congress and the Israeli FA.