Muslims being physically attacked and harassed because of their faith

Results from survey from a UK anti-Muslim violence helpline paint a harrowing picture for Muslims living in Britain today.

Muslims are being physically attacked, harassed or intimidated because of their faith according to a report by TELL MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) campaign Victims have included children as well as pensioners in their 80s. Even Baroness Warsi, the co-chairman of the Conservative Party, and socialite and journalist Jemima Khan, have been subject to online threats picked up and reported to the police by TELL MAMA.

The organisation which was set up with Government backing at the end of February by interfaith organisation Faith Matters, has chronicled over 140 cases to date.

Approximately 75% of the cases involve female victims, with far-right party and group members linked to one-third (33%) of all incidents.

The 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 have a devastating effect on peoples’ lives.

Fiyaz Mughal, director of Faith Matters, said, "My colleagues and I have been shocked at the amount of hate that is online, particularly anti-Muslim prejudice and racial hate.

"We have seen enormous activity, by both men and women, who think that pouring out this prejudice, some of it highly inflammatory, is somehow acceptable.

“They seem to think that by posting online they can simply walk away from their actions. We will ensure that as far as possible they are held to account by the appropriate authorities.

Mughal said that the majority of those physically attacked were Muslim women, wearing either wear the hijab (covering their head out of religious beliefs) or niqab (full face covering).

"In one such case reported to us," he said, "a Somali woman walking down the road had dog faeces placed on her head by a young white male, which was only noticed after she entered a local shop. In another, a Muslim woman and her family have been repeatedly harassed by white neighbours, in an escalating series of incidents leading to serious assault."

Many of the incidents being perpetrated are carried out by white men in their 20s to 50s, specifically targeting Muslim women.

There have been clusters of attacks in London, the West Midlands and Greater Manchester area, plus Luton. This may be due to higher concentration of Muslims in those areas – the picture will become clearer as the project progresses.

The findings also claim that there appears to be far-right involvement in one third (33%) of all cases recorded so far.

A further quarter of cases involved dissemination of anti-Muslim literature. There have also been hate calls recorded to the line itself. One caller rang the helpline 14 times and threatened staff repeatedly.

Fiyaz Mughal added, “There remains much more work to do,”

“This project was funded for a year and given the successes made and the amount of anti-Muslim prejudice, we hope that our backers (initially the Government) will reconsider their decision not to back us beyond that point – or that other donors will come on board to support what we believe is a vital project."

Nick Lowles, chief executive of the HOPE not hate network said, “These interim results from TELL MAMA give lie to the claims by the EDL’s leadership that they are somehow just opposed to ‘Islamic extremism’. The actions of their supporters clearly show the level of hatred, and cowardice, they show to Muslims – particularly vulnerable Muslim women.

“As research has shown recently, Muslims are in fact better-integrated in British society than many have traditionally understood or believed. We must improve monitoring particularly of online hate, and improve community relations at all levels in society. I just hope that the Government will continue to support this important initiative.”

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2:30pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Paddy9111 says...

How sad for the white victims that no study is ever carried out, the hundreds of children being raped from care homes each year. The racist assaults from Muslim gangs that go un noticed in the MSM,the murder victims who's names aren't even known by the public, the victims of Muslim heroin dealers, the war dead who are openly mocked and abused. We don't need a study, unlike Muslims constantly playing the victim, constantly having an 'outrage' over nothing, the public is waking up to the horrors of islam. No ones being foolish and pretending only Muslims are criminals, but there the only ones made out to always be the victim and never in the wrong, they play a clever game.
How sad for the white victims that no study is ever carried out, the hundreds of children being raped from care homes each year. The racist assaults from Muslim gangs that go un noticed in the MSM,the murder victims who's names aren't even known by the public, the victims of Muslim heroin dealers, the war dead who are openly mocked and abused. We don't need a study, unlike Muslims constantly playing the victim, constantly having an 'outrage' over nothing, the public is waking up to the horrors of islam. No ones being foolish and pretending only Muslims are criminals, but there the only ones made out to always be the victim and never in the wrong, they play a clever game. Paddy9111

4:50pm Wed 11 Jul 12

peace and love 123 says...

Paddy9111 wrote:
How sad for the white victims that no study is ever carried out, the hundreds of children being raped from care homes each year. The racist assaults from Muslim gangs that go un noticed in the MSM,the murder victims who's names aren't even known by the public, the victims of Muslim heroin dealers, the war dead who are openly mocked and abused. We don't need a study, unlike Muslims constantly playing the victim, constantly having an 'outrage' over nothing, the public is waking up to the horrors of islam. No ones being foolish and pretending only Muslims are criminals, but there the only ones made out to always be the victim and never in the wrong, they play a clever game.
This study proves there are so many secret racists in this country.
[quote][p][bold]Paddy9111[/bold] wrote: How sad for the white victims that no study is ever carried out, the hundreds of children being raped from care homes each year. The racist assaults from Muslim gangs that go un noticed in the MSM,the murder victims who's names aren't even known by the public, the victims of Muslim heroin dealers, the war dead who are openly mocked and abused. We don't need a study, unlike Muslims constantly playing the victim, constantly having an 'outrage' over nothing, the public is waking up to the horrors of islam. No ones being foolish and pretending only Muslims are criminals, but there the only ones made out to always be the victim and never in the wrong, they play a clever game.[/p][/quote]This study proves there are so many secret racists in this country. peace and love 123

4:54pm Wed 11 Jul 12

peace and love 123 says...

Just look at how racist the police and the judges are. If your a muslim they will treat like your an alien just come of the spaceship.
Just look at how racist the police and the judges are. If your a muslim they will treat like your an alien just come of the spaceship. peace and love 123

6:46am Thu 12 Jul 12

vinvin says...

aww, boohoo .
does this dhimmi publication report on ANY of the slaughter by muslims on a daily basis, worldwide? of course not, they are too busy kow-towing.
let alone the mess britain is in, not to mention the laughing stock of the world , due to abject dhimmification.
* fail article *
aww, boohoo . does this dhimmi publication report on ANY of the slaughter by muslims on a daily basis, worldwide? of course not, they are too busy kow-towing. let alone the mess britain is in, not to mention the laughing stock of the world , due to abject dhimmification. * fail article * vinvin

1:46pm Sat 14 Jul 12

Tom Mosley says...

If Islam wasn't such a nasty, bloodthirsty and supremacist ideology, then stories like this would not appear. So called 'moderate' Muslims should sort their own house out before whinging. They only have their 'brothers' to blame.
If Islam wasn't such a nasty, bloodthirsty and supremacist ideology, then stories like this would not appear. So called 'moderate' Muslims should sort their own house out before whinging. They only have their 'brothers' to blame. Tom Mosley

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