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Baddiel: 'Yid is race-hate word'

In an interview with ITV News, David Baddiel has criticised the Prime Minister's view that Spurs fans who call themselves the "Yid army" should not face prosecution. The comedian and writer told ITV News the phrase "is a race-hate word."

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No 10 'discourages anyone' using anti-Semitic term

A Downing Street spokesperson clarified David Cameron's comments on football fans using an anti-Semitic term, saying, "We would discourage anyone" from using it.

The spokesperson said:

We would discourage anyone from using the term 'Yid' given the historical associations of the term and the offence it could cause.

The Prime Minister was asked about criminal prosecution and specifically whether people who refer to themselves in this way should be prosecuted.

Self-referring is clearly different to people using it as a term of abuse motivated by hatred.

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