How offensive is the word "yid"?

Sep 17, 2013, 10:02 PM

Recently the Football Association told fans they could be prosecuted under anti-racism regulations for using the term. But the Prime Minister told the Jewish Chronicle "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." But it's an issue that divides many within the Jewish community. The writer and broadcaster David Baddiel and the journalist David Aaronovitch take very different positions. David Baddiel, who made a documentary with his brother about the Y word in football, says first it is a myth that many of the Spurs fans are Jewish - and there is some strong language in this discussion