HAF Interacts with Jewish American Leaders at the Annual Policy Conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), May 16-18, 2004

DATE: May 19, 2004

The leadership of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) (www.hinduamericanfoundation.org) interacted with several Jewish leaders from across the United States during the Annual Policy Conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington, D.C., May 16-18, 2004 (www.aipac.org). HAF, the only Hindu organization present at the annual conference attended by the most prominent U.S. elected officials including President George W. Bush, represented Hindu Americans during discussions that followed a breakout session devoted to United States-India-Israel relations.

HAF President, Mihir Meghani, M.D., recalled the history of Hindu-Jewish amity that began with the arrival of Jews to India nearly 2000 years ago. “The history of Jews in an India guided by the Hindu ethos of tolerance and pluralism is unique,” said Dr. Meghani. “India is held in high esteem by many Jews throughout the world as Indian Jews never witnessed a single instance of anti-Semitism.”

HAF members discussed the scourge of terrorism faced by the United States, India and Israel, and conveyed the security issues facing Hindus globally to AIPAC leaders. HAF emphasized the many values shared by Hindu Americans and Jewish Americans: a determined work ethic, family values, a non-proselytizing, tolerant religion, and a respect for life and religious freedom.

“Hindus in America seek to emulate the varied achievements of the accomplished Jewish Diaspora in our shared home—the United States. The Hindu American Foundation joins Jewish Americans today as we work together to promote a more peaceful, tolerant and pluralist world that respects and recognizes the eternal contributions of two of the world’s oldest religions—Hinduism and Judaism,” added Dr. Meghani.

The recently formed Hindu American Foundation (HAF) is a human rights group whose purpose is to provide a voice for the 2 million strong Hindu American community. HAF interacts with and educates government, media, think tanks, academia and public fora about Hinduism and issues of concern to Hindus locally and globally. Promoting the Hindu and American ideals of understanding, tolerance and pluralism, HAF strongly opposes hate, discrimination, defamation and terror.