Militant Jews and Hindus living in New York are forming a new alliance, based largely on their common antagonism toward Muslims, reports the New York Times (June 2).
The unusual bond was seen recently when a Web site run by militant Hindus in the New York City borough of Queens was shut down by its service provider for its violent rhetoric against Muslims only to be rescued by a group of radical Jews in Brooklyn. So tight are these groups’ anti-Muslim bonds that “some of the Hindus marched alongside the Jews in the annual Salute to Israel Parade on [New York’s] Fifth Avenue . . . [more recently,] several of the Jews joined a protest outside of the United Nations against the treatment of Hindus in Afghanistan by the Taliban regime,” reports Dean E. Murphy.
The Hindus are associated with the militant nationalist movement in India known as Bajrang Dai, which has frequently clashed with Muslims over the supremacy of Hinduism. The Jews are associated with the Kahane movement, whose teachings advocate the expulsion of Arabs from Israel. Both groups include participants who view their stay in the U.S. as temporary and plan to return to their home country to wage battle for their respective religions.