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René Cassin statement on antisemitism, Thursday 20th May

Posted on Thursday, May 20th, 2021

As a Jewish human rights organisation, René Cassin draws on Jewish experience and values to speak out for dignity, equality and solidarity with vulnerable and marginalised people. Carrying in our own heritage a grave warning of the dangers of hate, we are deeply saddened by the marked increase in antisemitic incidents recorded in recent weeks.

As human rights defenders, we must stand together against all forms of hate. Our namesake, Monsieur René Cassin co-drafted the Declaration on Human Rights in response to the horrors of the Holocaust and the climate of hate it resulted from.

Committed to his legacy, we say firmly, hostility or prejudice against any community, whether motivated by religion or faith, disability, gender identity, race, sex or sexual orientation is unacceptable. Hateful language and behaviour are not the solution, but solidarity through shared values is. It is this belief that underlies our campaigns to #CutItOut when it comes to hate, and #ReachOut to our partners across faiths, ethnicities and other communities.

The Jewish community has benefitted greatly from hard-won human rights and protections, and recent weeks remind us of the work still to be done. We will continue to champion equality, dignity, and freedom in solidarity and coalition with our friends and partners across communities.