UN chief deplores wave of anti-Semitic attacks

The conflict in Gaza should not be an excuse for anti-Semitic slurs and attacks, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.

Ban “deplores the recent upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks, particularly in Europe, in connection with protests concerning the escalation of violence in Gaza,” reads a statement from the UN leader’s spokesman.

“The Secretary-General emphasizes that the conflict in the Middle East must not constitute a pretext for prejudice that could affect social peace and harmony anywhere.”

Ban “firmly believes that the conflict needs to be solved through an immediate cessation of violence and negotiations,” the statement reads.

France has been rocked in recent days by violent pro-Palestinian protests in and around Paris as Israel has mounted Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip.

Pro-Palestinian marches, sometimes with protesters chanting anti-Semitic slurs, have also been held in Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and elsewhere.

— AFP

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