UN chief warns against language of hatred as Holocaust Victims are remembered

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for vigilance against what he says is the corrosive and contagious language of hatred.

Mr. Ban made the remarks on Saturday in the New York's East Park Synagogue Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.

He said in the Second World War, Jews, Roma and Sinti, homosexuals, communists, the mentally ill – anyone who did not conform to Hitler's perverted ideology of Aryan perfection – were systematically persecuted, rounded up and transported to death camps.

The Secretary-General said "this is perhaps the greatest tragedy of genocide" and the reason why people must be ever vigilant".

He said the moral corruption of the language of hatred can eat into hearts and minds in even the most progressive or sophisticated societies. 

According to the Secretary-General, neither anti-Semitism nor Islamophobia nor other such forms of bias have a place in the 21st century world.

Mr. Ban said that is also why he worries about the continued stalemate in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Secretary-General Ban warned that "we now have a whole generation of young people on both sides who risk growing up with a demonized, dehumanized – and utterly false – concept of their neighbours.

He said they need to be educated to co-exist peacefully with their neighbours, noting that the only way to build peace is to build bridges and break down walls.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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