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UN Chief Decries Anti-Semitism in Mideast Debate

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned on Tuesday that Israeli policies in the Middle East could never justify either attacks on Jews or charges of anti-Semitism aimed at stifling legitimate debate. While anti-Semitism appeared to be on the rise, at least partly in response to the increasingly bitter conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, distaste for Israeli policies should never take the form of physical or verbal attacks on Jews or symbols of their faith, Annan said. “No one should be allowed to use criticism of Israel’s actions as a mask for anti-Semitism. Nor, on the other side, should Israel’s supporters use the charge of anti-Semitism to stifle legitimate discussion,” he told a dinner honoring the late Scottish poet Robert Burns and his vision of “the Brotherhood of Man.” Full Story

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