UN 'deplores' rise of Gaza-linked anti-Semitism

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

Ban "deplores the recent upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks, particularly in Europe, in connection with protests concerning the escalation of violence in Gaza", read a statement from the UN leader's spokesperson.

"The Secretary-General emphasises 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 read.

France has been rocked in recent days by violent pro-Palestinian protests in and around Paris as Israel has mounted an offensive 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.

Israel announced a seven-hour ceasefire on Monday, amid world outrage over a deadly strike on a UN school in the Palestinian territory.

The unilateral truce, four weeks into fighting with Gaza de facto rulers Hamas, came after world powers fiercely condemned the attack that left 10 Palestinians sheltering at a school dead, as Israel was pulling some of its troops from Gaza.

mantlekilo 2014/08/04 07:38:53 AM
What are the true Muslims of the world doing to stop these mad-dog islamic extremists from dragging their much loved faith right down into the mud ?.
Harley Mills 2014/08/04 07:43:40 AM
You can't kill innocent civilians and not expect some negative response!
Nokwanda Matanda 2014/08/04 07:49:10 AM
UN n Mr Moon, you must be out of your minds. What do you expect from what israel is doing, clap hands and give good cheer?? People are dying and all you do is give lame excuses. Why don't your UN hold israel accountable like what they do to African dictator leaders. What is the difference?? Forked tongue!!!
Farhan Moalim 2014/08/04 07:55:14 AM
Sense of humanity,1800 palestinians were killed in cold blooded genocide
Sabihah Bux 2014/08/04 07:56:18 AM
What does it say about you when you choose to believe a radical extremist who preaches only hatred and violence in the name of Islam instead of believing those peaceful people who preach love peace and equality in the name of islam? what does it say about a person who won't believe the good over the bad?
Stephen AndKathy Whiteley 2014/08/04 07:59:19 AM
It doesn't take the intelligence of a newt to see the future of the region. There will be ONE Israeli-Palestinian State, in which Jews and Arabs will live together; they have to. The borders of this State will be (1) the regions awarded respectively to Palestine and Israel in 1947 (2) the Golan Heights, originally Syrian, but which Syria does not want (3) the West Bank, originally Jordinian, but which Jordan ceded to Palestine in 1988. S
William Lebotschy 2014/08/04 08:02:25 AM
Both sides are evil. Both are happy to kill the others women and children. Israel wants a bunch of Uncle Toms to accept open air prisons with no hope and no where to go, and the prisoners don't like their condition.
coswecanfly 2014/08/04 08:13:21 AM
On the other hand it is time the world stops feeling guilty for what happened to the Jewish people in the past and start holding them responsible for their actions. There are extremists on BOTH sides committing crimes.
Yusuf Moola 2014/08/04 08:15:05 AM
It surprises me to see these people like David saying wat Islamic law is? Really David who taught that? Must I clap hands for u? U commenting n trying to teach us of our religion. We kno better don't stress, all those commenting here jus cherry pic wat they like from islams teachings n then Conveniently change it to suit ur opinion n then go around spreading ur false opinions as if u studied islam so well. Go get a life. Islam actually stresses on kindness, love, care, good character, compassion etc.... Don't go around spreading lies especially regarding wat u have no knowledge about.
Ashraaf Fakier 2014/08/04 08:15:38 AM
what did the jews do that Hitler hated them so much that he wanted to exterminate all jews? What did the palestinians do that the israeli's want get rid of all. the little pin prick rockets is really not a concern for israel as the damage done is insignificant. The damage the israeli's caused the palestinians since 1948 is truely horrific and can be regarded as genocide and ethnic cleansing. the world watches but are to afraid to condemn the israeli's because of the guilt they have about the Holocaust. Allowing Israel to get away with war crimes, racism and oppression.