Israeli politics "should never be excuse to attack Jews"

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Video message by the Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The sense of injustice about Israel's actions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should never be used as an excuse to attack Jews, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon on Thursday shared a video message with the General Assembly during a meeting on the rise of anti-Semitism worldwide.

He said over the centuries, Jews have been slaughtered and mistreated solely for being Jews.

He added that anti-Semitism is one of the oldest forms of prejudice known to humankind.

He explained there is what he called a "trap" involving the Middle East conflict which must be avoided.

” Grievances about Israeli actions must never be used as an excuse to attack Jews. In the same vein, criticism of Israeli actions should not be summarily dismissed as anti-Semitism. This only suppresses dialogue and hinders the search for peace.” (0'23")

Also speaking at the General Assembly was the French writer and philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy.

Next week, the UN will mark the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the victims of the Holocaust to remember the horrors of the Second World War.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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