#EndJewHatred Hosts Special
Event for Jewish Community
All presenters at the private #EndJewHatred event were speaking in their own organizational/professional capacities which are
independent of – and do not necessarily reflect – the views of the Center for Jewish History. Photo credit: End Jew Hatred
On Monday, October 24, the grassroots civil rights movement End Jew Hatred, along with elected officials, community leaders and members of the community, gathered to proclaim April 29th as “#EndJewHatred Day.” The event was held at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th Street, New York.
The proclamation of April 29th as #EndJewHatred Day is significant in the face of ever-increasing hate crimes and vile acts of antisemitism targeting the Jewish community. It serves as a call to action for the country to unite behind End Jew Hatred and stand in solidarity with the Jewish community. Hate crimes have surged in New York State and around the country in the past few years, threatening the tremendous gains made by minority communities to be included equally in society, without discrimination or violence. Hate crimes against Jews have increased dramatically (up almost 50% over the past year alone), showing how dangerous antisemitism is when it is normalized in society. The skyrocketing attacks against Jews inspired the formation of a grassroots End Jew Hatred civil rights movement to alter public discourse and make Jew-hatred unacceptable in contemporary society.
“Two years ago, the #EndJewHatred movement did not exist,” said Brooke Goldstein, Executive Director of The Lawfare Project and a co-founder of the #EndJewHatred movement. “This event is an important step forward in unifying people in our just cause and recognizing the need to end Jew-hatred.”
Ambassador Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, has been extremely supportive of the #EndJewHatred movement and its actions to unite the Jewish community and its allies to fight the world’s oldest hatred.
“Jew-hatred is rising around the world and must be confronted immediately,” said Ambassador Ronald Lauder. “All Jews, from the most religious to the most secular, must stand as one people in the face of hatred. I am proud of the work being done by grassroots movements like End Jew Hatred and I call on all people of good conscience to stand up against Jew-Hatred in any form.”
This event recognized that the End Jew Hatred movement is incredibly important in changing the narrative and taking action to assure consequences for hate crimes and bigotry.
The event featured speakers including Brooke Goldstein, Executive Director of The Lawfare Project and a co-founder of the #EndJewHatred movement; Yuval David, Emmy Award-winning actor, director, and filmmaker, and Director of Mobilization for the #EndJewHatred movement; and many other community leaders and activists whose tireless work led to this achievement – including representatives from the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education, which has worked tirelessly to achieve these milestone Proclamations. Elected officials that have issued Proclamations were recognized for their leadership in this initiative.
“The Jewish people cannot be left out or left behind,” said Yuval David. “Throughout history, we have learned that if we do not stand up for ourselves and take action, nobody else will. The time is now for us to act and remind social justice warriors that we need their solidarity in the face of ever-increasing Jew-hatred.”
#EndJewHatred is a grassroots movement that unites ordinary people, activists, and organizations from around the world who support the cause that defines the movement: to end Jew-hatred in our lifetime. It does so by altering public discourse to make Jew-hatred unacceptable in society, while empowering Jews with positivity and strength to discover and enjoy their heritage in whichever manner they choose, without fear of attack or persecution.