National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2023
Antisemitism, or the hatred toward Jews and Jewish culture, is one of the world's oldest, most resilient forms of bigotry. The first documented account occurred in 740 BCE during the Assyrian exile when several thousand Israelites of ancient Samaria were resettled as captives by Assyria.
The 2nd to 3rd Friday of every October is National Hate Crime Awareness Week, an initiative encouraging us to reflect on how prejudice and hostility shape our
communities, and to remember those that have lost their lives as a result.
Every year sees an escalation in reported hate crimes with a 26% increase between 2021-22. This year the theme for NHCAW is antisemitism.
In 2016, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance devised a working definition of antisemitism:
“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
Greenwich adopted this internationally recognised definition in 2019 following an “alarming rise in anti-Semitic tropes”.
Greenwich Inclusion Project, a local charity focusing on race and religious equality, is looking to work with individuals or groups to generate materials for NHCAW to feature on radio shows and in articles and social media posts. Contributors can remain anonymous if preferred.
If you, or anyone you know, would like to contribute, or would like our support in facilitating any NHCAW activities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org