The Hindu Forum of Britain has today published a letter of solidarity with the Jewish community and against antisemitism.
The Forum, which is the largest umbrella body of British Hindus and represents over 320 Hindu groups throughout the UK, rightly noted in its letter that the Hindu and Jewish communities have for decades “existed in harmony together” and “shared similar journeys upon arrival in this country”.
The letter goes on to say: “We have watched antisemitism seep into British politics with horror, and have worked closely with Campaign Against Antisemitism to oppose it. Bigotry within any political party is to be condemned and we take inspiration from the courage shown by the Chief Rabbi in denouncing antisemitism within the Labour Party.
“Just as our communities have shared so many succeses over the years, we now sadly feel that we share your distress and disgust at some of the current divisive rhetoric that has been used in these elections, which has led us to conclude that not only is there antisemitism in some parties, but also a strong anti-Hindu agenda.”
The President of the Hindu Forum of Britain, Trupti Patel, also spoke to the crowd of thousands at the #TogetherAgainstAntisemitism national rally in Parliament Square on Sunday.
Gideon Falter, Chief Executive of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “We praise the Hindu Forum of Britain for its steadfast support for the Jewish community and opposition to antisemitism, and join it in condemning anti-Hindu prejudice. The Jewish and Hindu communities are natural allies and we stand together in good times and bad.”