Gypsies, Roma and Travellers share a history of persecution with Jewish people. Targeted by the Nazis during the Holocaust, faced with open prejudice and official indifference, and now subjected to a rise in hate speech and online abuse. In 2017, 30% of reported anti-Muslim hate incidents and 18% of reported Anti-Semitic incidents occurred online. Three […]
Tackling Hate Crime
In Britain we are currently seeing an overall rise in hate crime, which affects all minority communities.
Hostility or prejudice against any community, whether motivated by religion or faith, disability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, or a combination of characteristics, is unacceptable and stands in stark contrast to the legacy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Hate crime, hate speech and threats affect our ability to enjoy hard won human rights, such as freedom from discrimination, and freedom to enjoy our personal and private life. To counter this, René Cassin is taking a human rights approach, highlighting the universality and intersectionality that transcends separate groups, and harnessing the Jewish values of equality and justice.
As human rights defenders, we must continue to stand together against all forms of hate.
We agree with the Board of Deputies of British Jews in its statement that ‘building a cohesive, safe, and welcoming society starts with discourse and rhetoric”. Our work will provide communities with a toolkit empowering them to speak out against hate speech and universalise the issue to bring people together. The Jewish community should remain committed to fighting for minorities and acting in solidarity– not because of our current status in British society but now in spite of it.