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'TELL MAMA': One Year On; Anti- Muslim Incidents Picture Across the UK
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We’re one year old this week. We wish there was a better reason for us to cheer, but the alarming reality is that anti-Muslim hatred –Islamophobia – is on a disturbing rise in the UK.
According to the first year’s figures from our project, the majority of Muslims being physically attacked, harassed or intimidated because of their faith are women – and those doing it are white men likely to be linked to far-right groups.
Over 630+ cases have been logged by TELL MAMA. Our helpline records a disturbing picture of low-level anti-Muslim harassment: incidents in the workplace, in the street, between neighbours and particularly online, which may not always hit the headlines but can have a devastating effect on peoples’ lives.
The majority (74%) of incidents took place over social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc), but there have also been attacks on mosque buildings, against pregnant women and ‘visible’ hijab (veil) wearers, even children and pensioners in their 80s. In one incident in Nottinghamshire, a family was forced from its home; in another, a five-year-old girl was run over.
Over half (58%) of cases involved female victims, with visibly-identified far-right British National Party (BNP) or EDL members also linked to over half (54%) of all incidents.
"My colleagues and I have been shocked at the amount of hate that we are finding online, particularly anti-Muslim prejudice and racial hate."
“With rising racial and Islamophobic attitudes recorded time-and-again by surveys – the latest being results released this week by YouGov – we are calling on police and politicians to do more to tackle this shameful wave of fear and prejudice. From the internet, to the workplace, the street and even houses of worship, too often Muslim women and men are becoming the target of vicious, sometimes violent, abuse."
He added: “Recent history shows us what happens if we allow our fears to run unchecked. Demonisation of ‘the Other’, misguided beliefs that Muslims are somehow a monolithic block, unchecked lies that Islam is a violent religion or that British Muslims wish to abuse white girls must be challenged.”
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CALL TO ACTION!
- Police forces are failing in their duty to record Islamophobic crimes
- CPS must prosecute more, not less, cases of online hate
- Home Office should take over monitoring of Far Right from DCLG