The photograph depicts Ajax fans with a “Don’t extradite Assange” flag in reference to the 51-year-old’s impending extradition to the US.
But the image has been manipulated and the fans were instead holding a giant flag of Israel in reference to the club’s association with the Jewish faith.
The post appears on an Australian Facebook user’s page with the caption: “Now that’s big. Amsterdam, Holland.” At the time of writing it had been shared more than 500 times.
A reverse image search reveals the image has been manipulated and in fact shows Ajax fans with the Israeli flag in 2003, three years before Assange founded WikiLeaks, which would eventually make him a household name around the world.
The image is credited with being taken at a Champions League match against Valencia at the Amsterdam Arena in March of that year.
The blue stripes of the Israeli flag are also clearly visible on the Assange version of the photo.
He was arrested in 2019 and has been imprisoned in the UK since. He is currently appealing against a decision to extradite him to the US.
Ajax supporters have a long history of using Jewish culture and iconography to show their support for the club.
In the early 20th century Amsterdam was regarded as a safe haven for people of Jewish faith. It is thought some 80,000 Jews lives in the city which had become known as “Jerusalem of the West” before World War II.
The claim that football fans in Amsterdam held aloft a banner in support of Julian Assange in false. The 2003 image has been manipulated and instead depicts supporters with a giant flag of Israel.
False – The claim is inaccurate.