Adama Dieng. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert
Adama Dieng. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

With Jew-hatred becoming the new norm in Europe, the U.N.’s top anti-genocide official warned that Europe’s rampant anti-Semitism is reminiscent of the climate before the Holocaust.

By United with Israel Staff

The United Nations (U.N.) Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, had a blunt warning on Holocaust Remembrance Day, comparing the current state of anti-Semitism in Europe to the era during which the Nazis rose to power.

“The signs of the thirties are resurfacing. You all are witnessing every day the anti-Semitism which is rising,” said Dieng on Wednesday at the Second Global Summit on Religion, Peace and Security in Geneva, Times of Israel reported.

In addition to attacks on Jews, Dieng, who is from Senegal, also sounded the alarm regarding persecution of Christians and Muslims.

Dieng also connected the dots between verbal assaults, physical violence, and genocide, which was the order in which the Nazis and their collaborators attacked Jewish populations in Europe.

“Big massacres start always with small actions and language,” explained Dieng.

Dieng’s bona fides as an expert in genocidal regimes include his first-hand experience on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, through which he helped investigate the Rwandan genocide during a bloody civil war in 1994 that claimed the lives of a million people.

The Nazis’ attempted genocide of the Jews remains unique in human history based on motives, scale, and lasting effects.