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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a news conference at UN-run school in the northern Gaza Strip August 30, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Tel Aviv- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday condemned the recent white supremacist rally in the United States as well as “political figures who exploit fear to win votes,” hinting at US President Donald Trump

Speaking at the end of a three-day visit to Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the UN chief hit out at xenophobia and racism.

“The internet and social media are filled with hate speech and anti-Semitic imagery. And we hear on the streets of democratic societies the repeat of some of the most vile Nazi chants and charges.

“Just a few weeks ago ‘blood and soil,’ or ‘the Jews will not replace us,’” Guterres continued, referring to slogans chanted at the white supremacist rally earlier this month in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a woman was killed after an avowed white supremacist rammed his car into a group of anti-racism counter-protesters.

“Today anti-Semitism, along with racism, xenophobia, anti-Muslim hatred and other forms of intolerance are being triggered by populism and by political figures who exploit fear to win votes,” he added in a speech in Tel Aviv.