GENEVA / ANTI SEMITISM

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A Spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) condemned “the rise in anti-Semitic incidents taking place in a number of European countries and the United States.” UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / ANTI SEMITISM
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DATELINE: 28 MAY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / RECENT

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1. Exterior shot, UN Palais des Nations

28 MAY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / RECENT

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Marta Hurtado, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“We condemn the rise in anti-Semitic incidents taking place in a number of European countries and the United States. Just in the past week, after a significant increase in anti-Semitic incidents in Germany, the Government official charged with combatting anti-Semitism felt the need to urge Jews in parts of the country where incidents have been taking place, to consider avoiding wearing kippas on their heads in public, in order not to draw attention to their race and religion.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Marta Hurtado, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“And in Austria, a number of pictures of Holocaust survivors displayed in a street exhibition entitled “Lest we forget” in central Vienna have been vandalised not once, but three times. Initially, swastikas were painted on the faces of the survivors, and then on Sunday night large sections of the faces on the pictures were cut out. These events in Germany and Austria cannot, unfortunately, be described as isolated, with other European countries also experiencing increases in acts of vandalism, including of Jewish businesses and gravestones.”
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Marta Hurtado, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Most disturbing of all, acts of physical violence against Jews have also increased in a number of countries in recent years, with particularly sharp rises in violent incidents reported in both Germany and France. However, the worst incidents have taken place in the United States, where 11 people were killed during an attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last October, and in April a woman was killed, and three other worshippers were injured in another attack on a synagogue in Southern California.”
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10. SOUNDBITE (English) Marta Hurtado, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“We urge all governments to redouble their efforts to combat racism and related intolerance in all its forms. Under international law, people are entitled to legal protection from incitement to hatred and violence. When abuse rises to the level of incitement – whether it be on the street or on the Internet – it should be prohibited by law, while respecting freedom of expression, which has permissible restrictions in such cases.”
11. Med shot, journalists
12. Wide shot, press briefing room

STORYLINE:

A Spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today (28 May) condemned “the rise in anti-Semitic incidents taking place in a number of European countries and the United States.”

Speaking to reporters in Geneva, Marta Hurtado noted that “just in the past week, after a significant increase in anti-Semitic incidents in Germany, the Government official charged with combatting anti-Semitism felt the need to urge Jews in parts of the country where incidents have been taking place, to consider avoiding wearing kippas on their heads in public, in order not to draw attention to their race and religion.”

In Austria, Hurtado said, “a number of pictures of Holocaust survivors displayed in a street exhibition entitled “Lest we forget” in central Vienna have been vandalised not once, but three times.”

She said, “these events in Germany and Austria cannot, unfortunately, be described as isolated, with other European countries also experiencing increases in acts of vandalism, including of Jewish businesses and gravestones.”

Hurtado said, “acts of physical violence against Jews have also increased in a number of countries in recent years, with particularly sharp rises in violent incidents reported in both Germany and France.”

However, she noted, “the worst incidents have taken place in the United States, where 11 people were killed during an attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last October, and in April a woman was killed, and three other worshippers were injured in another attack on a synagogue in Southern California.”

The Spokesperson urged “all governments to redouble their efforts to combat racism and related intolerance in all its forms” and added that “when abuse rises to the level of incitement – whether it be on the street or on the Internet – it should be prohibited by law, while respecting freedom of expression, which has permissible restrictions in such cases.”
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