7 Ways to Act Against Antisemitism This Month
November 11, 2021
The fight against Jew-hatred requires united action. In the last month alone, the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) Information Hub tracked 163 media reports of antisemitic incidents around the world. There were more than 5 incidents per day in which a Jewish person was the victim of an antisemitic attack.
We are inviting you to join us in the fight against this age-old societal scourge. From anywhere in the world, you can make a meaningful impact by taking up any one of these seven actions against antisemitism detailed below.
You are also invited to suggest important campaigns or actions you would like the Combat Antisemitism Movement to support. Please contact us at: [email protected]
ACTION 1: Sign the Petition to Encourage the George Washington University to Adopt the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism
The shocking desecration of a student’s miniature Torah scroll at a The George Washington University (GW) fraternity house on October 31st was the latest in a disturbing trend of antisemitic incidents targeting Jewish students across the globe.
GW must take concrete action to demonstrate its commitment to protecting Jewish students and fostering a welcoming, safe learning and living environment free of harassment and intimidation.
Sign and share CAM’s petition calling on the GW administration and student government to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.
The petition is available here.
ACTION 2: Share Lea Swierczynski’s Antisemitism Story on Social Media
When Lea Swierczynski, a Jewish woman from Belgium, boarded a public bus in Brussels with her mom, she could not have imagined that mentioning the word “Israel” would invite abhorrent antisemitic abuse from one of her fellow passengers.
Unfortunately, Lea’s story is not uncommon. In fact, it reflects the relentless antisemitic hatred Jewish people have to face in Europe over their identities.
ACTION 3: Learn How to Respond to Antisemitism in Social Situations
At a time when Israel is increasingly discussed and debated in social situations — over dinner, on a date, at a party — defenders of the Jewish state need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not accept their positions.
Join an educational webinar with Jonah Cohen, communications director for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA), lay out a conversational strategy for gracefully maneuvering and managing difficult discussions after friends or acquaintances have made provocative statements.
ACTION 4: Letter-Writing Campaign to Protect a Jewish Cemetery in Vilnius, Lithuania
The Vilnius City Council has rejected requests from the Jewish community to preserve and restore the Snipiskes Jewish cemetery. Send a letter to Lithuanian authorities demanding a plan to build a conference center at the site the historic burial ground, where 50,000 Jewish graves are at risk of destruction, be permanently canceled.
Antisemitism and the desecration of Jewish cemeteries have no place in Lithuania, Europe, or anywhere in the world.
Send a letter here.
ACTION 5: Hear About the Growing Threat of Holocaust Distortion
Holocaust distortion is rising at an alarming pace in countries around the world. Learn about this growing trend from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) by watching the Holocaust Distortion: A Growing Threat film and reading the Understanding Holocaust Distortion: Contexts, Backgrounds, and Examples publication.
These two new resources will contribute to the continuing struggle against the increasingly-dangerous phenomenon of Holocaust distortion.
Learn more here.
ACTION 6: Register to Celebrate the Jewish Creators of Superman and Their Contributions to American Culture
In partnership with the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, the Combat Antisemitism Movement will honor Jewish Americans Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the late creators of Superman — the first comic book superhero.
Learn about Siegel and Shuster’s life stories and contributions to American culture by registering for this unique digital event; It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane.
ACTION 7: Help Broaden CAM’s Global Reach on Giving Tuesday
You have the power to expand and amplify Combat Antisemitism Movement’s influence. With antisemitism continuing to surge across the globe last month, CAM’s mission to eradicate the world’s oldest hatred is of the utmost importance. In these challenging times, your gift to support this work is vital.
Your contribution will make an meaningful difference in the global fight against antisemitism.