Oldham home abuse, 5 October; UKIP leader’s alarmist talk; 30 September; Altrincham mosque knife attack, 24 September; East Belfast graffiti; Preston Mosque, 15 September; Lurid alarmist headline in The Times – Andrew Norfolk and a response from Shenaz Bunglawala; Trevor Kavanagh’s article on the ‘Muslim problem’, 13 August; Bookshop threat sentencing, 3 August; Norwich attack, 25 July; Southampton scare attack, 20 July; Glasgow graffiti, 19 July; Manchester Islamic centre attack, 17 July; Woman’s hijab attack, 16 July; Bacon ‘slap’; machete threat, Cardiff, 30 June; acid attacks, 29 June; Oxford Eid prayer incident, 27 June; Essex incident, 26 June; Hudderfield incident, 24 June, Muslim Welfare House, Finsbury Park, 19 June 2017; Bournemouth incident 18th June
Three part dossier, with 7 year history. Recent updates:
- THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE
- THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK
- THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS
For 2016 Islamophobia log, click here
For 2015 Islamophobia log, click here
For 2014 Islamophobia log, click here
For 2013 Islamophobia log, click here
For 2012 Islamophobia log, click here
For 2011 Islamophobia log, click here
|January 2017 – Tackling misrepresentations of Islam and Muslims in the media – interview with Miqdaad Versi|
THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE
5 October 2017
Hannah Al-Othman reports on buzzfeed, ‘A father whose home was targeted by someone who threw a pig’s head through a window in an apparent anti-Muslim hate crime has said his children have been asking difficult questions about why their family was singled out. The severed head narrowly missed the two children, who were in the living room when a man hurled part of a concrete slab through the window of the home in Oldham, Greater Manchester, before throwing the head in after it.’ click here.
24 September 2017
A doctor who was stabbed in the neck on his way to a mosque in a suspected hate crime said he “feared the worst”.Consultant surgeon Dr Nasser Kurdy was attacked outside the Altrincham and Hale Muslim Association at about 17:50 BST on Sunday.Dr Kurdy said he has “forgiven” his attacker and feels “no negative emotions”.He has been discharged from hospital and a 54-year-old man and a 32-year-old who were arrested are being questioned. click here.
Police are investigating a hate crime in east Belfast in which a pig’s head was left at a community centre and racist graffiti sprayed on its walls.The incident happened at Inverary Community Centre at about 05:00 BST on Saturday morning. click here.
15 September 2017
Windows were smashed by vandals an the Jamea Masjid Mosque on Clarendon Street.
Lancashire Police were told about the attack at around 7:25am yesterday (14th Sept). click here
13 August 2017
Trevor Kavanagh in the Sun, ‘. . . Hungary and Poland refuse point-blank to accept new- comers. And still the EU has no coherent policy for dealing with the millions more on their way. But there is one unspoken fear, gagged by political correctness, which links Britain and the rest of Europe. The common denominator, almost unsayable until last week’s furore over Pakistani sex gangs, is Islam. Thanks to former equalities chief Trevor Phillips, and Labour MPs such as Rotherham’s Sarah Champion, it is acceptable to say Muslims are a specific rather than a cultural problem . . .The abuse of women by Muslims, says Trevor Phillips, is “on an industrial scale”. “What the perpetrators have in common is their proclaimed faith. They are Muslims, and many of them would claim to be practising.
“It is not Islamophobic to point this out.” He blames the BBC for trying to divert attention over last week’s sex gang convictions by headlining the “utterly routine” police use of a convicted child abuser to infiltrate the gangs.British authorities have long deliberately disregarded Muslim sex crimes — soon likely to be a racist offence itself — including outrages such as female genital mutilation and “honour” killings.’ click here.
For a response organised by Naz Shah MP, published in The Independent, 16 August 2017, click here.
3 August 2017
Borehamwood & Elstree Times reports, ‘A man who threatened to blow up an Islamic bookshop has been given a community sentence. David Moffatt, 39, of Ivy Road, Cricklewood, was given a community order to to complete 100 unpaid work hours within 12 months, and pay £705 in costs and charges. The court heard that Moffatt entered an Islamic bookshop in Cricklewood Broadway on May 23 at around 2.45pm and threatened to blow up the shop, shouting “kill the Muslims”. ‘ click here.
25 July 2017
Norwich Evening News reports, “A glass door was damaged after a brick was thrown at the Norwich Halal Butcher on Magdalen Street at about 11.20pm on Tuesday, July 25.Police have arrested a man, who is aged in his 40s and from the Norwich area, following the incident.He is currently at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre (PIC) awaiting questioning.” click here.
20 July 2017
Daily Mail reports, ‘Thugs have been filmed hurling water over two Muslim women who were standing outside a mosque in a fake acid attack. The women, who were dressed in traditional Muslim clothing, were set upon by men in a black car which slowed down so a passenger could squirt liquid at them. Shocking CCTV footage showed the vehicle driving away from the Bashir Ahmed Masjid mosque in Southampton, Hampshire, on Tuesday at 2pm.’ click here.
Glasgow’s Evening Times reports, “. . . vandals have painted offensive graffiti aimed at the Muslim community right under CCTV on a popular walkway in the Gorbals. The racist slur, ‘stop Muslim invasion’ has appeared on the walkway on Waterside Street near to the River Clyde. The path is a popular walkway which takes users from the Glasgow Green through the Gorbals to the new Richmond Park estate.’ click here.
17 July 2017
Manchester Evening News reports, “A suspected arson attack at a mosque in Manchester is being investigated by police and the fire brigade. The Manchester Nasfat Islamic Centre on Droylsden Road suffered ˜significant” damage after a fire late on Sunday night.” click here.
17 July 2017
The Morning Star reports, “Muslim leaders have lodged an official complaint with the organisers of London Pride after a group was seen carrying placards with apparently Islamophobic messages at the event. The offending banners, which included slogans reading “Allah is ***,” “**** Islamic Homophobia” and “East London Mosque incites murder of LGBTs,” were condemned by Muslim and anti-racist organisations . . . However, the Council of Ex Muslims of Britain (CEMB), listed on the Pride website as an official participating group, denied the slogans were Islamophobic. Spokeswoman for the group Maryam Namazie said the signs did not say “* * * Islam” but “* * * * Islamic Homophobia.”
“In my view Islam, like all religions, is homophobic,” she said. “Why is it not possible to say this without fear of reprisal or accusations of Islamophobia?”
Anti-racist campaigner Maz Saleem told the Star: “These placards are something the EDL or a nazi would carry.” click here.
16 July 2017
The Telegraph reports, “Police are investigating a suspected hate crime after a man tried to pull off a Muslim woman’s hijab and spat at her friend. The woman, who posted about the incident on Twitter, was waiting for a Tube at Baker Street in the early hours of Saturday morning when she was set upon.” click here.
30 June 2017
A man has been jailed after he walked up to a Muslim in the street and slapped her with bacon. Alex Chivers, 36, called his teenage victim ‘Isil scum’ and shouted ‘you deserve this’ when before striking her with the bacon . . . The victim, who had been walking with her mother, was not injured but was left very distressed as a result of the incident on June 8 in Hertford Road, Enfield.’ click here.
30 June 2017
Katie French reports in Mailonline, ‘A machete-wielding man shouted he would ‘chop all Muslims up’ as he was arrested close to a Justin Bieber concert, according to eye-witnesses.The man seen brandishing a knife was in a dispute with an Asian taxi driver as tens of thousands of fans gathered in the packed streets.A foot-long blade was discovered at the scene in Cardiff city centre.’ click here
29 June 2017
Richard Hartley-Parkinson in the Metro, ‘A suspect with face tattoos is being hunted by police after two cousins were sprayed with ‘acid’ as they were celebrating a 21st birthday. Jameel Muhktar and Resham Khan were left with ‘life changing’ injuries on 9..15am last Wednesday as the pair were celebrating Resham’s 21st birthday.’ click here
27 June 2017
Eva Astrienidou reports in the Oxfordshire Guardian, ‘. . . a Somali woman was allegedly attacked as she celebrated Eid. Police say they were called at 2.26pm on Sunday to reports of an altercation between two groups of people in Florence Park on Cricket Road, Oxford, as families were celebrating the end of Ramadan. A Thames Valley Police spokeswoman said: “The incident is believed to have taken place after a football hit a woman who was in one of the groups. It is reported that racist language was then used.’ click here.
26 June 2017
London Evening Standard reports, ‘The woman has been left afraid to leave her home in Basildon following the incident in which petrol was poured under the car before being set alight. Police have confirmed that they are treating the attack as a hate crime after the victim told them it was religiously motivated because she is the only Muslim living in the street.’ click here
24 June 2017
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner reports, ‘A Muslim has told of his shock after right-wing extremists graffitied his home with Katie Hopkins’ call for a ‘final solution’. The 42-year-old man, who wished to remain anonymous, was knocked unconscious by the Islamophobic thugs and when he woke up, he found his walls covered in hate speech. The dad-of-three had been drilling a broken bathroom door handle and wearing earphones while home alone on Wednesday morning. Intruders entered his Heckmondwike home before striking him from behind with an unknown object . . . On one wall, the graffiti read: “Pakis out. We need a final solution #Machester (sic).” It quoted a Twitter post written by disgraced newspaper columnist Katie Hopkins following the Manchester terror attack – even misspelling the hashtag. On the opposite wall there was more racist graffiti that the victim says police have asked him to keep private for risk of it being repeated by other fanatics.’ click here.
19 June 2017
“The Finsbury Park Mosque condemns in the strongest terms a heinous terrorist attack earlier this morning in Finsbury Park, north London which resulted in many injured and reported fatalities. The van driver deliberately mowed down Muslim men and women leaving late evening prayers from Finsbury Park Mosque and Muslim Welfare House just after midnight . . . Mohammed Kozbar, the chairman of the Mosque described the incident as “a cowardly attack which is no different than the attacks in Manchester and London, our community is in shock, our thought and prayer with those who have been affected by this.” click here.
18 June 2017
The Bournemouth Echo reports, ‘A Muslim woman and a disabled child were the victims of a racially aggravated attack on Sunday (JUN 18) when an unknown man threw liquid at her car. The woman – who asked not to be identified – had pulled up outside the Bournemouth Islamic Centre and Central Mosque at 3pm to let out a male passenger when a van screeched passed them and an unknown liquid was launched at the woman’s window.’ click here.
16 June 2017
Wigan Today reports, ‘An asylum seeker and his family had a brick hurled through his front window after a Wigan man drunkenly believed they were responsible for the Manchester bombing, a court heard.’ click here.
16 June 2017
ITV reports, ‘Police have released an artist’s impression of a man they would like to speak to after racial assault in Peterborough. A woman’s hijab was pulled from her head and she was pushed over while walking with her daughter on James Avenue last week.’ click here.
14 June 2017
Birmingham Mail reports, ‘Two men have been arrested after an alleged hate crime at a Walsall mosque. The alleged incident happened at Jamia Masjid Ghausia Mosque, in Birchills Street, Walsall , on Tuesday night.’ click here.
23 May – 10 June 2017 (immediate aftermath of Manchester and London Bridge terrorist attacks)
Manchester Evening News reports, ‘Incidents of Islamophobia rocketed in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing last month. Just five days after Dad-of-two Sheraz Khan suffered horrendous cuts to his arm after two thugs tried to smash a glass bottle over his head, five days after. The dad of two, 30, was driving through Crumpsall when two men shouted that he had a flat tyre. But when he pulled over one of the men said: “only joking, you’re a f***in terrorist bomber, you” before smashing the glass onto his arm. “It was a trap. I thought they were trying to help me. They seemed genuine. “I collapsed on the floor and a little boy came and gave me some water. I managed to drive myself to hospital. “My hand was really bad, bleeding everywhere, and if I hadn’t put my arm up they would have got my face.” Sheraz, who personally knew one of the people killed in the Arena bombing atrocity, said he was horrified at being branded a ‘terrorist’ . . . Surgeon Naveed Yasin, who spent 48 hours saving the lives of people caught up in the attack, was also branded a terrorist in the wake of the atrocity. As the medic drove back to Salford Royal Hospital to help more victims, a thug in a van called him a “brown, P*** b******” and said: “Go back to your country, you terrorist. We don’t want you people here. F*** off!” . . . A 14 year old girl was targeted on her way to school when a passer by shouted: ‘When are you going to stop bombing people?’ The pupil at Manchester Islamic High School for Girls suffered the vile abuse just days after the Manchester Arena attack.’ click here.
Devonlife reports, ‘Police are seeking witnesses after an alleged racially aggravated public order offence outside the Islamic Centre in Exeter on Saturday 10 June 2017. The incident occurred around 8.30pm just after a peace walk and vigil in Bedford Square, Exeter, which had been arrange by Exeter Mosque and attended by hundreds of people. Shortly after the vigil, three men attended Exeter Mosque and allegedly made racially aggravated verbally abusive comments to those within.’ click here.
Glasgowlive.co,uk reports, ‘shocking piece of graffiti has appeared on a wall outside Glasgow Central Mosque. Vandals have scrawled the word ISIS within a loveheart on the building of Scotland’s largest mosque.’ click here.
Katie Hopkins’s tweet: 22 dead – number rising . . . do not be part of the problem. We need a final solution [1.24 am, 23 May 2017] (later changed to ‘true solution’)
Cambridge News reports, ‘Writer Allison Pearson has triggered a strong response by suggesting terror suspects should be rounded up – and locked up. The Daily Telegraph columnist, who lives in Cambridge, tweeted in the wake of the Manchester concert attack: “We need a State of Emergency as France has. We need internment of thousands of terror suspects now to protect our children”.’ click here
Adam Boult in the Telegraph, ’14-year-old pupil at Manchester Islamic High School for Girls has been taunted while on her way to school by a passer-by shouting: ‘When are you going to stop bombing people?’ . . . Mona Mohamed, head teacher at the school, told Radio 4’s Today programme that the teenager had been “upset and hurt” by the comment, but had not responded.’ click here.
The head of a Muslim organisation that opposes extremism and promotes peace and understanding said he was spat on and verbally abused the day after the Manchester bombing.
Katie Forster in the Independent, “Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Manchester-based Ramadhan Foundation, told The Independent he was in Brighton for a conference when the reported assault took place. “I was walking down West Street in Brighton and a guy, who was probably about 35, elbowed me to grab my attention,” he said. “I turned round and looked at him, and he spat in my face and said: ‘You are killing children”.’ click here.
BBC reports (27 May), ‘Three men hurled stones and used abusive language to attack a congregation at a mosque.Worshippers had gathered at the Torbay Islamic Centre for early prayers at 03:30 when the men approached.Imam Abdi from the centre said the “shocked” congregation “stayed inside” the building as the men were hurling abuse from outside.’ click here.
A pig’s trotter was hung up in a Islamophobic protest against plans for a new Muslim community centre. It is believed the decaying trotter was chosen to cause maximum shock as Muslims do not eat pork. But residents living near the site in Seaford responded with disgust – and replaced it with a “welcome to your new home” card and a bunch of flowers. click here.
Rachel Roberts in the Independent, ‘A Ukip parliamentary candidate has described Islam as a “cancer” in a tweet praising the founder of the English Defence League (EDL). Caroline Santos, who is standing for the Rutherglen and Hamilton seat in west Scotland was responding to a boast from Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxely-Lennon, that his Facebook page had received more than 4 million views in a week.’ click here.
Tom Gillespie in the Sun, ‘A raging shopper branded a convenience store worker an “ISIS amateur” in a shocking unprovoked racist attack. The shirtless loudmouth even told the Muslim shopkeeper to “go and bomb the Queen every day of the week” before adding: “But fight me first”.’ click here
Jen Mills in the Metro, ‘The teenage victim of an alleged hate crime in Croydon was today identified at Recker Ahmed, who suffered a fractured spine and a brain haemorrhage after he was attacked by a 30 strong mob.Mr Ahmed, a 17-year-old Kurdish Iranian, was waiting at a bus stop with two friends outside The Goat pub in Croydon, south-east London, when he was set upon by the gang.’ click here.
Alex Thorp in the Grimsby Telegraph, ‘A man has been arrested after he was allegedly seen carrying a weapon outside a Grimsby mosque – just hours after the horrific attacks in London which left five people dead. Police were called to the Weelsby Road area at 7.15pm on Wednesday after receiving reports that a man was behaving aggressively. They carried out a search of the surrounding area after the caller suggested the man may have have been carrying a weapon. A man was located close by shortly afterwards and was arrested on suspicion of affray and taken into custody’. click here.
Charles White in metro.co.uk, ‘Racists have been sharing a photo of a woman caught up in the Westminster terror attacks on Twitter. Showing a woman in a brown headscarf, some Twitter users called her a ‘monster’ for being on her phone. Yet Londoners pointed out white people were doing the same and she showed signs of being distressed.’ click here.
Emily Dugan reports in Buzzfeed , ‘A racist mob chanting “Ku Klux Klan” targeted the north London homes of two branches of a Turkish family early on Monday morning . . . Ahmet, who first raised the case on Monday morning, said she is worried about the rise of Islamophobia in the area. “I’ve lived in Haringey all my life and during the Brexit campaign I heard people saying, ‘I’m voting out because I don’t want to live next door to dirty Turks . . .’ click here.
Bristol Post reports, ‘A man was punched and robbed after following men who smashed a window of a Bristol mosque. Police say they are treating the incident in St Jude’s in central Bristol last night as a hate crime. The window was smashed at the Al-Baseera mosque in Wade Street at about 9.15pm. An Avon and Somerset police spokesperson said a member of the mosque witnessed the offence, called the police and followed the offenders.’ click here.
Met Police reports, ‘ On Sunday, 9 October 2016 officers on patrol in Lillie Park, SW6, found stickers of an Islamophobic nature stuck to a notice board. Further enquires were carried out and a number of other stickers were located in and around the park . . . Collier was arrested and charged on 14 December 2016 with a religiously motivated offence under S31 Crime and Disorder Act 1988’. click here.
THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK
30 September 2017
Jack Sommers in Huffington Post, “Ukip’s unknown new leader has said Islam leaves Britons feeling “buried” and claimed multiculturalism is “swamping” British identity, in a speech setting out the party as a nationalist voice.” click here.
28 August 2017 & 1 September
Lurid headline: “Christian child forced into Muslim Foster Care”, by journalist Andrew Norfolk.
Response from Shenaz Bunglawala: It’s difficult to know where to start with the media storm sparked by The Times’ lead story earlier this week about a young girl residing with Muslim foster carers in the London borough of Tower Hamlets. The article says that reports seen by the newspaper suggest she has been “very distressed” about her placement with a Muslim foster family, and that she has made claims about her Christian cross being removed, not being allowed to eat a spaghetti carbonara due to its bacon content, being encouraged to learn Arabic, and expressing discomfort at the carers’ apparent lack of spoken English . . . This sort of reporting is analogous to the paradigm of cultural conflict reporting seen in child sex exploitation cases. An op-ed by Trevor Phillips in The Sun this week explicitly mentions the grooming scandals and takes aim at incompetent bureaucrats, apparently too concerned about their ‘pro-Muslim’ credentials to recognise their responsibilities to young white British girls. The language used then and now is clearly betrays the binary worldview that permeates aspects of our public discourse in which British Muslims are cast as perpetual foreigners with poor English language competency (ergo, not ‘integrated’), and whiteness is equated with Britishness. The consequences of entrenching Islamophobia in our discourse are devastating.’ click here.
23 June 2017
Melanie Phillips: “1.6 billion Muslims are trying to murder the rest of the world…” click here
Jonathan Mitchell in the Evening Standard, ‘Ukip will promise to ban Muslim women from wearing burkas in public as part of its election manifesto. Party leader Paul Nuttall is expected to announce the policy on Monday as part of the Ukip’s “integration agenda”. The manifesto will also propose an explicit ban on Sharia law in the UK, with Mr Nuttall expected to say wearing the burka in public is a barrier to social harmony’. click here.
Paul Nuttall of right-wing UKIP suggesting British Muslims are complacent about violent extremism, ‘“We have a cancer within a particular community and it needs to be cut out. The Muslim community I believe needs do more about this.’ click here
THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS
22 January 2017
A complaint filed at the Manchester Employment Tribunal says the woman was told that moving from a back office into public view meant “that it would be in the best interest of the business for her to change the colour of her hijab, due to the supposed terrorist affiliation with the colour black”.
Earlier this week Rev. Ashenden called the decision to allow sung prayers from the Quran in a Scottish Cathedral service that demands Allah is worshipped and denies the divinity of Jesus Christ, “blasphemy”, and said the Cathedral should apologise to persecuted Christians worldwide. click here.
A Muslim woman is suing her former employers after allegedly being ordered to remove her black headscarf because the garment had “terrorist affiliations”. The estate agent, who did not want to be named, had been working for Harvey Dean in Bury for almost a year when she says managers took issue with her hijab. click here.