U.N. Anti-Bullying Day

Hannah Rosenthal
Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism 
Washington, DC
May 4, 2012

As the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism I’ve traveled the world and seen the hatred against Jews, which sadly still exists in our world. From my travels, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew, Roma, Muslim, Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered, Disabled or just different, you can be a victim of hate. I’ve realized that hate is hate. You’re not born hating. Somewhere you are taught to hate. Whether you learn hate at the dinner table or on the playground, hate spreads through society when good people become passive bystanders, not protecting those in need.

The United Nations has recognized the epidemic of bullying that is gripping our schools and had dedicated May 4th as U.N. Anti-Bullying Day. I’m sure you see bullying taking place in school and outside of school. We have to stop the bullying. We want to stand up f or those that are different and take a step to get rid of intolerance. Because of the need to fight hatred on a global scale, my colleague Farah Pandith, the Special Representative to Muslim Communities, and I have joined together to launch the Hours Against Hate Campaign. We started it because the young people we met around the world wanted to know what they could do to fight hatred.

So please volunteer an hour or more of you time to walk in the shoes of someone else, someone that doesn’t look like you or pray like you or live like you. It’s up to you to build a more tolerant future. Don’t be a passive bystander and contribute to the problem of bullying, be part of the solution! Join the 2011 Hours Against Hate Campaign. You can find it on Facebook and on Twitter. Tell your friends.