Friday, 31 March 2023 | A brand-new [US] $25 million initiative to battle anti-Semitism called #StandUpToJewishHate launched this week, using a blue square as its main feature.
Created by the Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism—founded by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in 2019—the blue square emoji is being introduced as a symbol of solidarity with the Jewish people as part of the #StandUpToJewishHate campaign.
The campaign “is designed to raise awareness for the fight against anti-Semitism, specifically among non-Jewish audiences, and to help all Americans understand that there is a role for each of us to play in combating a problem that is unfortunately all too prevalent in communities across the country today,” said Kraft.
The blue square is appearing on television shows, digital billboards and social media sites. It is sized at 2.4% of the screen or other surfaces to symbolize Jews making up 2.4% of the population yet being victims of 55% of religiously motivated hate crimes.
The campaign is encouraging people to download the blue square and share it widely.
Said Kraft: “We must stand up and take action against the rise of all hate, and I hope everyone will post and share the blue square to show their support in this fight.”
Posted on March 31, 2023
Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on March 30, 2023. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)
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