UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced support for the fight against anti-Semitism today (January 22, 2015), saying the world body has a duty to speak out on this matter and prevent it, the Business-Standard website reports.
"Our efforts to build a world of mutual understanding are being severely tested today by rising extremism and barbaric acts," Ban said while delivering a video message to an informal meeting of the United Nations General Assembly today that was prompted by growing anti-Semitism attacks in Europe.
"Jews remain targets, as do Muslims and so many others," Ban said.
"Grievances about Israeli actions must never be used as an excuse to attack Jews. In the same vein, criticisms of Israeli actions should not be summarily dismissed as anti-Semitism," he added.