October 20, 2023, 12:34

As the situation in Gaza unfolds, sentiments in the world may become radicalized – Igor Semyvolos

It is unlikely that the number of anti-Israel protests will decrease.

Igor Semyvolos, Executive Director at the Association of Middle East Studies, made this statement during a briefing at Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

“Depending on how the situation in Gaza will develop, depending on how the ground operation will be carried out — unfortunately, it is almost impossible to avoid casualties among the civilian population — the concentration of people in this area is huge, I think that the mood in the world will be radicalized. So, most likely, we will see many more protests, and this is also a problem that we have to deal with,” he said.

At the same time, Igor Semyvolos noted that, in general, the radicalization of attitudes in the world caused by the escalation of the conflict in the Middle East is a very dangerous trend.

“This conflict is not confined to the Middle East exclusively, but it has a global character, a global dimension. People generally determine whose side they are on in this conflict, even if they are not directly involved in the conflict. That is, this is a systemic conflict, which to a large extent can affect the formation of unions and alliances in the world in the near future,” the expert explained.

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