Growing support for #EndJewHatred Day - and our movement!
Updated: Dec 31
The proclamation of April 29th as #EndJewHatred Day is tremendously significant. In the face of ever-increasing hate crimes and vile acts of antisemitism targeting the Jewish community, it is a very vocal call to action for the country to unite behind our cause and stand in solidarity with the Jewish community, just as we have stood shoulder to shoulder with other minority and marginalized communities since the start of the Civil Rights era.
This annual event marks the start of a wider initiative to spread awareness about, and fight, the rise in Jew-hatred across the country.
According to Brooke Goldstein, one of the founders of the End Jew Hatred movement, “This annual day of recognition shows the strength of the Jewish people and our allies. It is no longer acceptable to stand idly by as a minority group is openly discriminated against, week-in and week-out.”
The first #EndJewHatred Day Proclamation was issued by New York State Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick on April 29, 2022. Since then, thanks to grassroots efforts from supporters all across the country, this initiative has taken root, and more and more elected officials are coming forward to join!
Thanks to your support, and to the dedication and hard work of partners like the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance & Education, we are seeing the dawn of something we have never seen before: a growing civil rights movement dedicated to the eradication of Jew-hatred from our society!
We are thankful to Nassau County for recognizing the importance of standing up to Jew-hatred, and look forward to more announcements in the coming weeks!
Last month, End Jew Hatred was proud to join the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) Field Professionals Retreat in Denver. Our Campus Coordinator, Yehuda Jian, joined professionals from ICC, The Lawfare Project, IAC, StandWithUs, and many other organizations addressing the issue of Jew-hatred on college campuses. We are excited to get to work with these amazing organizations to help end Jew-hatred and celebrate Jewish identity.
As we know all too well, our college campuses have become infested with antisemitism. Jew-hatred is at an all-time high, and it is vitally important to unite in support of Jewish students and faculty who are continually targeted with discrimination and hate.
One of the biggest threats we face on campus is the colonization of our identity. For too long, Jew-haters have controlled our narrative and our history, trying to erase our historic and religious connections to our ancestral homeland. On college campuses, denying our indigenous connection to our homeland has become a litmus test for being able to participate in classes and in activities. This is what we need to change. We are entitled to our identity and our voice, and when we stand together, we will be heard!
We are excited to work with so many amazing activists and advocates for the Jewish people, as well as allies who are increasingly joining us to fight for the civil rights to which we are entitled. No student should experience campus life with threats, harassment, or discrimination. Working together, we can create a campus space without hatred or bigotry, where Jewish identity is respected and encouraged to flourish.
If you’re a college student - or if you know a college student - who wants to make a difference and ensure that future generations of Jews can experience campus life with the dignity, equality, and respect to which they are entitled, contact Yehuda@endjewhatred.com to learn about our campus initiatives, including our #EndJewHatred Campus Fellowship.
In the spring of 1963, activists in Birmingham, Alabama launched one of the most influential campaigns of the civil rights movement. According to President Kennedy, “The events in Birmingham…have so increased the cries for equality that no city or state or legislative body can prudently choose to ignore them.”
In the summer of 2022, activists from the #EndJewHatred carried our movement’s message to Birmingham during the 11th World Games (an international event for sports that were not part of the Olympics).
We were amazed by the outpouring of support we received from athletes and spectators alike! People were eager to learn more about our movement and to show their support by taking pictures with our sign!
As the athletes return home from the World Games, proud of their achievements, they also help spread our message of unity and respect in the face of adversity, and the need to act to end Jew-hatred in our lifetime.
In hindsight, we shouldn’t have been surprised by the amazing support we received. Sportsmanship is a commitment to fair play, ethical behavior, and integrity. If more people held these values, we wouldn’t have to deal with so much bigotry and hate in today’s world.
Competition on the athletic field doesn’t prevent athletes from uniting to do the right thing. There’s an important lesson to be learned from these amazing men and women: no matter how much we may ‘compete’ in life - whatever disagreements people may have, whether about politics, culture, language, or anything - we can all still come together to do the right thing.
Equality. Respect. Inclusion. Justice.
The right thing is making sure that we reach a point in society where these values are as meaningful for the Jewish community as they have become for all other minority groups. This is the world we strive for, a world in which our cries for full equality are no longer ignored.
Our presence in Birmingham was a return to our roots. It reminds us that we can make a difference. The civil rights campaign launched in 1963 changed the country for the better. We have farther to go, but many of the cruel vestiges of racism have been shed in the past 60 years.
Now, we need to work to eliminate Jew-hatred. Ours is the civil rights movement of the Jewish people, and inspired by the successes of the past, we look to the future with optimism and hope.