UN chief deplores upsurge in anti-Semitic attacksListen /
The recent upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks, particularly in Europe, in connection with protests over the escalation of violence in Gaza, has been deplored by the UN Secretary-General.
The spokesperson for Ban Ki-moon issued a statement on Sunday amidst reports of increasing anti-Semitic incidents in Europe.
They include hate speech, painting of swastikas on synagogues, and fire bombings of some of them as well as attacks on Jewish-owned buildings.
The UN Secretary-General emphasized "that the conflict in the Middle East must not constitute a pretext for prejudice that could affect social peace and harmony anywhere."
He said he firmly believed that "the conflict needs to be solved through an immediate cessation of violence and negotiations."
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.