United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk deplored today the “sharp increase in hatred” in the world following the October 7 attacks by Hamas.

In a statement, Turk deplored the rise in anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other hate speech.

The impact of this crisis (…) has ramifications everywhere, simultaneously dehumanizing both Palestinians and Jews. We are seeing a significant increase in hate speech, violence and discrimination, a deepening social rift and polarization, and the denial of the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. I have heard Jews and Muslims say they don’t feel safe and that saddens me“, the UN official added.

Turk said that around the world, “Islamophobic and anti-Semitic harassment, attacks and hate speech have increased, including in the context of conflict-related protests».

The High Commissioner also denounced the “inflammatory, toxic and hate speech” used by political leaders. “The flood of hate speech being used, including on social media, is abhorrent,” he commented.

International law is clear on this matter. Any incitement to national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence is prohibited“, concluded.