Islamophobia – the Facts, Part V



Updated 8th July – Katie Hopkins THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK




Islamophobic talk inevitably leads to anti-Muslim hate crimes – it is time an irresponsible media and populist politicians recognise how their loose talk demonising Muslims and suggestions that every practicing Muslim is a potential terrorist has so poisoned the atmosphere and let out the demons:

- the murder of a of a Saudi female student in Colchester (18th June 2014) follows two months of scare stories of a ‘Muslim take-over’ of schools (the Trojan Horse saga) and Tony Blair’s comparision with Boko Haram.

- the remark by Northern Ireland pastor James McConnell – also backed by ‘First Minister Peter Robinson (see entry below ) led to race attacks on two Pakistani men  in north Belfast, Muhammad Khattak and Haroon Khan

Muslims are being attacked on a daily basis and children as young as 10 have been the perpetrators of some abuse – according to a new report by Teesside University’s Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies. The report, compiled by Dr Matthew Feldman, a Reader in Teesside University’s School of Arts & Media, and Mark Littler, a Research Associate, is based on data from the Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) project set up by Faith Matters. It covers a 10 month period from the beginning of May 2013 to the end of February 2014. 
During that time, there were a total of 734 self-reported cases of anti-Islamic abuse. This ranged from online abuse and threats, to street based assaults and extreme violence. 
Significantly, there was a huge spike in reported incidents in the wake of Drummer Lee Rigby’s murder in Woolwich in May last year. “

“..This latest investigation comes after the government announced that British affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood will be investigated, and the Muslim mayor of Tower Hamlets was described in police reports as an ‘extremist’. When those who make criticisms of foreign policy get accused of creating the mood music for terrorism, there is understandable frustration and despair. Increasingly Muslims feel they just can’t win. On the one hand we get told we are not integrating enough and we should engage more in civic society. On the other, when we do, we get accused of having sinister agendas. There is more than a whiff of McCarthyism in the air.” Salma Yaqoob in The Guardian, 17 April 2014

Hundreds of offences were perpetrated against the country’s Muslim population in 2013, with the Metropolitan police alone – Britain’s largest force – recording 500 Islamophobic crimes, compared with 336 incidents in 2012 and 318 in 2011. The Independent, 27 December 2013

Muslim women are more likely to be subjected to Islamophobic attacks than men, especially if they are wearing the niqab or other clothing associated with their religion, a study has found. The Guardian, 20 November 2013



15th June 2014

Here is a leading headline in the Daily Mail that can only serve to re-enforce the negative image of Muslims in Britain - “Be more British, Cameron tells UK Muslims”. The Prime Minister apparently then referred to “Muslim clerics in the UK who inflame terrorism by denouncing free speech, equality and democracy” - as often the case, no evidence for such extreme statements. Daily Mail, report by Simon Walters

8th May 2014

“I am opposed to the Islamification of food”, says Colin Hart, of the Christian Institute, “so I don’t want to buy halal, but it’s become very had to avoid, even if you try.” Daily Mail, report by Guy Adams

6 May 2014

The Sun’s headline story: ” PIZZA Express is using halal chicken in every meal that contains the meat — but customers only find out if they ask. The chain decided to only serve chicken that is killed in line with strict Islamic law after feedback from Muslim customers….”.  The response from Hugh Muir of the Guardian was apt: a half-baked attempt to provoke outrage.

21 April 2014

Mr Straw said Muslim parents must[sic] accept that their own beliefs cannot supplant the Christian values that underpin British society. Matthew Holehouse in the Telegraph

3 March 2014

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Daily Telegraph headline: “The children taught at home about murder and bombings’ – Radicalisation is a form of child abuse, and the authorities must have the power to intervene.” What follows is Boris Johnson’s article, stating “It must have been dreadful for the family of Drummer Lee Rigby to listen to the ravings of his killers…” but then irresponsibly joined the  dots, “What has been less widely understood is that some young people are now being radicalised at home, by their parents or by their step-parents. It is estimated that there could be hundreds of children – especially those who come within the orbit of the banned extremist group Al-Muhajiroun – who are being taught crazy stuff: the kind of mad yearning for murder and death that we heard from Lee Rigby’s killers…”

The Lee Rigby killers were hardly influenced at home! Why demonise Muslim households?

23 January 2014

Why did the Evening Standard link Muslims – Children- Terror in this blatant Islamophobic way?

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23rd December 2013

Sussex lecturer  Dr Rumy Hasan in OpenDemocracy: “…if it were the case that Europe was becoming a hot-bed of ant-Muslim racism/Islamophobia, why are so many Muslims from around the world clamouring (sic) to get in?”. Surely the use of the word ‘clamouring’  feeds into negative stereotypes of Muslims?

22nd December 2013

The Mirror’s headline: “Muslim Marks & Spencer staff told they can refuse to sell alcohol and pork to customers”, with the additional line, “Shopper trying to buy a bottle of champagne from Muslim M&S shop assistant told they’d have to use a different till because of her religion.” This headline uncorked a frenzy of Islamophobic statements – if only M & S could have come clean at the time and stated that their Jewish employees do not have to serve pork products at tills to its customers!


20th November 2013

The Daily Mail’s headline: ‘Britain’s first white honour killing: Teenager brutally murdered by her Muslim lover after exposing their relationship to his family’.  This was a sensationalist and emotive wording, kindling so many fears: the ravishing of  a ‘white’ woman by someone from an alien culture – Desdemona and Othello all over again! Why did the Daily Mail feel it necessary to refer to the racial category and religious faith of the parties involved? Why link ‘honour killings’ with Muslims? Daily Mail, 20 November 2013dailymail20nov

29th September 2013

Headline in Sunday Times (29 Sept): “Girls forced to wear hijab”  outside school hours. This is a reference to the Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School in Blackburn. According to school authorities the claim is “ridiculous and inaccurate”. Mufti Hamid Patel, school principal, has further responded: “This story is wrong. It is totally incorrect to say that pupils are ‘forced’ to wear hijab outside of school. We are extremely sorry that despite repeated attempts by us to make sure the Sunday Times got their facts right, this newspaper chose to willfully misrepresent our school. We will carry on with the serious business of continuing to deliver the highest standards of education and developing our learners as outstanding citizens.  Tauheedul is one of the highest achieving schools in the country.”

17th September 2013

The Sun’s sensationalist front page:


The image shows the front page of The Sun from Tuesday 17 Sept 2013. “AS JUDGE ORDERS WOMAN TO UNCOVER FACE, THE SUN DEMANDS VITAL REFORMS. UNVEILED.
BAN veils in schools, courts and hospitals. BAN them in airports, banks and secure areas. LET employer decide if OK in the workplace. BUT freedom to wear them in streets & parks.”

10th September 2013

Muslim students have been banned from wearing religious veils into a college because of fears regarding security.Teenagers at Birmingham Metropolitan College have been told to remove any items of clothing covering their faces so they are ‘easily identifiable at all times’.

7th June 2013

Alex Andreou in The Guardian, 7th June 2013, describes an incident on a London bus: She tried the standard repertoire from cajole to threaten, but the little boy wouldn’t compromise. Whatever bag of extruded snack had been put away in her bag had become the single most important thing in the entire world. Finally, she pointed at me, leaned over and said: “Stop it, or I’ll call the terrorist.” I don’t know if she noticed the tiny, silent exhalation of gasp that escaped my lips. She looked at me, shrugged and winked conspiratorially, as if to say, “I know you’re not, really, but needs must.” Several people looked over at me, this olive-skinned man with a beard and a satchel; some shocked, others suspicious….

23rd May 2013

The BBC’s political editor, Nick Robinson, has apologised after he quoted a source who apparently described the Woolwich attackers as being “of Muslim appearance”.

16th May 2013

The Daily Telegraph banner headline was ‘Imams promote grooming rings’, Muslim leader claims’. It is nothing short of mischevious for the DT to desribe Taj Hargey as a ‘Muslim leader’ – a known eccentric who has a record for bizarre statements, including his support of a niqab ban and opposition to the Camberley mosque – so will there soon be a headline ‘ Muslim leader opposes mosques’?!

27th Feb 2013

BBC reportage: City University in London has been accused of discrimination by a group of Muslim students after it started locking a room used for Friday prayers. A group of students have formed Muslim Voices on Campus, calling on the university to reverse its decision. The group said it was being “unjustly targeted”.

29th Jan 2013

Jane Kelly in the Daily Telegraph:”The streets around Acton, which has been my home since 1996, have taken on a new identity. Most of the shops are now owned by Muslims and even the fish and chip shop and Indian takeaway are Halal. It seems that almost overnight it’s changed from Acton Vale into Acton Veil….”

8th Jan 2013

Guardian headline: “Mother jailed for life for beating son to death for not learning Qur’an”; the headline need not have made it an issue of religion because the unfortunate woman had a history of mental illness.


8th July 2014

Katie Hopkins anti-Ramadan crusade continues today after she posted a picture of a KFC bucket shaped cake with the message: “Not wishing to disappoint my devoted Muslim militia, here is your juicy cake for today to help break the fast”. click here

16th May 2014

“Ukip has become embroiled in yet another Islamophobia row after it emerged that one of its candidates has urged Catholics that they “must be ready to die” for their faith which is “the only countermeasure” to the “world domination” of Islam. The candidate John Kearney is standing in Basingstoke. In a blog dedicated to his Catholic beliefs, he accused Muslims of having “contempt for human life” and said last year: “The real threat now comes from militant Islam who persecute the Church and martyr Christians in a way that reminds us of the early Church.” Patrick Wintour in the Guardian

8th May 2014

Daily Mail headline: “A stealthy takeover [sic]  of Britain’s supermarket shelves”; quoting Conservative MP Philip Davies, “….halal has continued its quiet takeover [sic] of our high streets and our supermarket shelves”.  Report by Guy Adams

30 April 2014

The charity that represents Wikipedia in the UK has condemned edits made from government computers after more incidents of vandalism emerged. The BBC has discovered that the phrase “all Muslims are terrorists” was added to a page about veils. BBC

26 April 2014

Gilligan continues his malevolent exaggeration of Muslim influences on Birmingham’s state schools: “The alleged ringleader of the Trojan Horse plot wrote a detailed blueprint for the radical ‘Islamisation’ of secular state schools which closely resembles what appears to be happening in Birmingham…” Daily Telegraph, 26 April 2014

20 April 2014

Islamist extremism is the “most deadly” problem charities face, the chairman of the sector’s watchdog has said…In his first interview since becoming chairman, he said: “The problem of Islamist extremism and charities … is not the most widespread problem we face in terms of abuse of charities, but is potentially the most deadly. And it is, alas, growing. PA Report, The Guardian

A Muslim hardliner who says adulterers should be stoned to death and that gay men and fornicators should be lashed 100 times has set up an Islamic school that has received almost £1million of taxpayers’ money. Ibrahim Hewitt, one of Britain’s most prominent Islamic firebrands – who also heads a charity branded a ‘terrorist’ organisation by the US – is the founder and chairman of trustees of the Al-Aqsa school in Leicester, which teaches 250 boys and girls aged between three and 11. Tom Warden and Abul Taher, Daily Mail

13 April 2014

The Sunday Times headline: “Gove in war on Islamic takeover of schools” – a wording that serves to strengthen fear of Muslims in public perceptions. The response from the Muslim Council of Britain was apt: ‘For weeks now, British Muslims have borne the brunt of allegations that state schools are the target of a ‘Muslim takeover’, where supposedly conservative Muslim views and mores are imposed, and where non-compliant teachers are forced out. These allegations have thus far been unfounded in any real, substantial evidence.’  Secretary of State Gove has appointed a Counter-Terrorism officer, Peter Clarke, to head an investigation: the ‘war on terror’ being fought on the playing fields of Enfield! See Sunday Times item by Richard Kerbaj and Sian Griffiths


22nd March 2014

The Daily Telegraph headline was another scare story of shariah law engulfing Britain!


The reality is that English law provides a freedom of contract allowing individuals to distribute their estate and generally without state intervention.

9th March 2014

Andrew Gilligan’s report in the Daily Telegraph was sensational:

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“The leaked document, purportedly a letter from one Muslim extremist to another, called it ‘Trojan Horse’ – an operation by fundamentalists to “take over” state schools in the city of Birmingham, undermine the headteachers and ensure they were ‘run on Islamic principles’.”

Gilligan then proceeded to damage the reputation of educationalist Tahir Alam: “The chairman of governors at Park View, Tahir Alam, is a senior activist in the Muslim Council of Britain and vice-chair of the Association of Muslim Schools (AMS). His views, like the MCB’s, are hardline. In evidence for the MCB to the UN’s high commissioner for human rights in 2008, he said he would “caution against advocating that desegregation [in schools] should be actively pursued” and stressed the “obligatory nature” of the hijab for Muslim women and girls…Mr Alam and the AMS say that Islamic extremism is not a problem in British schools. However, the AMS co-controls the controversial Bridge Schools Inspectorate, which has taken over responsibility from Ofsted for inspecting many private Muslim schools and has been accused of whitewashing extremist schools. The centre-right think tank, Policy Exchange, has called on the Government to abolish the Bridge Schools Inspectorate….”

On 12th March, Tahir Alam responded, “…”As one of the people named in this anonymous document by a fictitious author, I wish to state that any reference to me is a malicious fabrication and completely untrue. I condemn the strategy outlined in this dodgy dossier, it goes against my values and the principles in campaigning and working for higher educational standards.”

On 13th March, Helen Pidd of the Guardian reported, “Police in Birmingham are investigating whether a document outlining an alleged Islamic fundamentalist plot to ‘take over’ schools in the city was a hoax connected to an employment tribunal involving one of the schools named in the plot.”

On 22nd March, an unchastened Andrew Gilligan returned to the topic, but this time the Daily Telegraph was careful to clothe its poison with lots of inverted commas:

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18th Feb 2014

Richard Littlejohn spins a tale of sarcasm and exaggeration in his description of a Muslim organisation’s attempt to develop activities for young people: “Legoland has been hired out to a radical Muslim cleric for a ‘Family Fun Day’. Maybe that’s ‘Fun’ as in ‘Fundamentalism’. The theme park in Windsor,  Berkshire, has accepted a booking from a man said to be among the top 25 hate preachers in Britain. Haitham al-Haddad leads the Muslim Research and Development Foundation, which is based in Tower Hamlets, and is in favour of turning this country into a Sharia state.”

[For Haitham al-Haddad's rebuttal of similar allegations click here]

[For Bob Pitt's investigation click here]

[For MCB & other organisation's letter to the Daily Mail click here]

[For the Daily Mail's response click here]

4th Feb 2014

A Ukip MEP believes that British Muslims should sign a special code of conduct and warns that it was a big mistake for Europe to allow “an explosion of mosques across their land”…The document asks Muslims to sign a declaration rejecting violence and says parts of the Qur’an that promote “violent physical Jihad” should be regarded as “inapplicable, invalid and non-Islamic”.

30th January 2014

Extreme-Right’s by-election flyer:

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29th January 2014

A protest group has been criticised for a legal application to stop a £17.5 million mosque being built in Cambridge, in which they claimed it could be “a front for terrorism”. Stephen Gash, of Stop Islamisation Of Europe (SOIE), and Sareeta Webra, founder of Sikhs Against Sharia (SAS), made an application for a Cambridge County Court injunction to prevent the mosque in Mill Road being built.The application calls for a “court injunction to be served against the Muslim Academic Trust for construction of a mega-mosque”.

19th November 2013

Lord Pearson’s diatribe: “But there is a problem within Islam—from the adherents of an ideology that is a strain within Islam. And we have to put it on the table and be honest about it. Of course there are Christian extremists and Jewish, Buddhist and Hindu ones. But I am afraid this strain is not the province of a few extremists. It has at its heart a view about religion and about the interaction between religion and politics that is not compatible with pluralistic, liberal, open-minded societies….” Hansard, 19 November 2013

8th November 2013

Michael O’Leary has called for the burka to be banned in Britain, warning that the country is “leaning over far too much” for minority religions like Islam…”If you want to come and live in Western society, I don’t think you should be allowed to walk around with some inalienable right to cover yourself up with only your eyes looking out.”

7th November 2013

Police will be maintaining presence in a former pit village when opposing demonstrations are staged over plans for Muslim education centre at the weekend….A Durham Police spokesman said today (Thursday, November 7): “We are aware of a planned EDL protest and counter-protest by TWAFA (Tyne & Wear Anti-Fascist Association) on Saturday in Shotton Colliery.

4th November 2013

Ken Clarke, a minister without portfolio who used to work as a criminal barrister, likened traditional female Islamic dress to being “in a kind of bag”, and said he found it “a most peculiar costume for people to adopt in the 21st century…Face-coverings were therefore an obstacle to justice, he said.

16th August 2013

A MARCH through Portsmouth has been prompted by the proposed opening of a Muslim school. The English Defence League (EDL) will be marching from Fratton to the Madani Academy, in Buckland, to show their disapproval of such a school being built in Portsmouth.

1st August 2013

Ukip leader Nigel Farage today denied he was jumping on a political bandwagon by supporting a primary school dinner lady sacked for accidentally serving pork to a Muslim pupil…”The reason that Alison’s been sacked is that we’re so terrified in this country of causing offence to anybody, particularly the Muslim religion.”

30th July 2013

Daily Mail report: “A former chapel featured in one of LS Lowry’s renowned street scenes is to reopen as a mosque. The plan to use the Mount Zion Methodist Church in *censored*heroe, Lancashire, as a Muslim place of worship initially sparked fierce [sic] opposition….It had by then been closed for worship for 14 years, finding roles as a munitions store, metal box works and garment-making factory…”

30th March 2013

The Daily Mirror reports on the police investigation into Northern Premier League player, Shaun Tuck, 26, after the footballer allegedly posted a series of inflammatory tweets following the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.

26th April 2013

[Lancashire] Councillors say they are appalled after receiving leaflets from a BNP activist asking them to support a campaign blaming Muslims for the heroin trade.

9th Feb 2013

A mosque will not open in Chipping Norton after its landlord received a threat that it would be burnt to the ground. The town’s Muslim community had been celebrating after they won permission to open the permanent home on Monday. But their 79-year-old landlord Georg Wissinter has received a threatening phone call and pulled out of the deal.

4th Jan 2013

Michael Gove, the education secretary, was one of the key voices calling for a ban on support for non-violent extremism when it published its Prevent strategy to fight radicalisation last year. But behind closed doors there are concerns about 118 “socially conservative” independent faith schools – the vast majority of them Muslim – where pupils may be encouraged to cut themselves off from mainstream society.


18th June 2014

A woman has died after being attacked in Colchester – and police say her full Muslim dress and veil may have been a factor.The woman, who has not yet been identified, was walking on the Salary Brook Trail at 10.40am on Tuesday when she was violently beaten. Paramedics tried to save her but she died at the scene from injuries to her head and body. Essex Police have said the woman, who was in her 30s, was wearing a dark navy blue full length robe (known as an Abaya) and a patterned multi-coloured Hijab headscarf. Sky News

2nd June 2014

Two Pakistani men targetted in race attacks in north Belfast have moved out of their home. Less than 24 hours after attending an anti-racism rally in Belfast, friends Muhammad Khattak and Haroon Khan were assaulted and had their north Belfast home set upon by thugs yesterday. In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, Mr Khattak blamed the atmosphere stirred up by the fallout of an anti-Islamic sermon given by Pastor James McConnell, who was later backed by First Minister Peter Robinson. Belfast Telegraph

29th May 2014

“Pastor James McConnell, a prominent Belfast preacher, is in trouble for calling Islam ‘satanic’. This has been condemned as hate speech by Amnesty, although it doesn’t seem more hostile than many of the atheist attacks on Muslim beliefs from people who would despise McConnell as an ignorant hate-monger.Andrew Brown

19 May 2014

East London Mosque statement: “Britain First, the fringe far-right, Muslim-hating group, made a second visit to the East London Mosque today (apparently an ‘invasion’ which involved four people). They left pretty quickly, after a local Community Support Officer spotted their car on zig-zag traffic lines, and run a red light as they made their ‘getaway’…Of course, members of the public are welcome to attend the mosque and, with a booking, take a tour of the facilities (perhaps Britain First had trouble writing down the number)…..The party has recently boasted of guarding UKIP venues, though as anti-fascist groups have noted, its leader Jim Dowson has strong links to Northern Ireland, where he has been involved in the ‘flag protests’ in Belfast, as well as having a long history in an anti-abortion extremism.”

13 May 2014

“Police in Bradford and Scotland have launched an investigation after a group of uniformed far-right activists visited mosques over the weekend. Representatives of Britain First, an offshoot of the British National party that is contesting this month’s local and European elections, carried out what they called a Christian crusade, handing out leaflets and army issue Bibles to Muslim worshippers. In Yorkshire, members of the group wore matching flatcaps and green jackets embossed with the party logo, which features a crown and the legend ‘Taking our country back’.” Guardian

24 April 2014

UKIP Andre Lampitt’s statement which: “condemned Ed Miliband as ‘not a real Brit’, suggested Africans should ‘kill themselves off’ and said Islam was an evil religion with a paedophile prophet.” Daily Mail

13 December 2014

Middlesbrough FC have suspended two fans from matches after claims that copies of the Qur’an were ripped at a game. Paul Cockerton in the Mirror.

13 April 2014

The Sunday Times headline: “Gove in war on Islamic takeover of schools” – a wording that serves to strengthen fear of Muslims in public perceptions. The response from the Muslim Council of Britain was apt: ‘For weeks now, British Muslims have borne the brunt of allegations that state schools are the target of a ‘Muslim takeover’, where supposedly conservative Muslim views and mores are imposed, and where non-compliant teachers are forced out. These allegations have thus far been unfounded in any real, substantial evidence.’  Secretary of State Gove has appointed a Counter-Terrorism officer, Peter Clarke, to head an investigation: the ‘war on terror’ being fought on the playing fields of Enfield! See Sunday Times item by Richard Kerbaj and Sian Griffiths


25th November 2013

An Islamophobe ran into a petrol station in Lancashire and threw bacon at the Muslim attendant. The man wrapped his face in a green scarf before ambushing the shocked worker, who was alone at the Pemberton Service Station in Ormskirk Road, Wigan.  Police are treating the attack at 4.30am on November 25 as racist and said it was “utterly abhorrent”.  The attendant was alone at the time.

21st October 2013

Pavlo Lapshyn case: A Ukrainian student has pleaded guilty to trying to incite a race war on Britain’s streets by launching a terrorist campaign in which he stabbed a Muslim grandfather to death and exploded bombs near mosques in an attempt to murder and maim worshipers.

5th October 2012

From the Daily Telegraph: “Jose De Avila told Hassa Mohamed, “You’re Muslim scum – you’re killing our soldiers. You don’t deserve to be here.”. The incident happened in Woolwich, South East London, three days after Drummer Lee Rigby was killed.” Also in the day’s paper “A woman has been convicted of a racially aggravated assault after she attacked a Muslim woman who was wearing a burqa. The incident happened in Woolwich, South East London, in June, a few weeks after the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby. Tracy Davies, 46, struck the 55-year old Somali woan who was shopping with her daughter in the town centre.”

27th August 2013

Terror police are investigating a DVD featuring Nazi propaganda and hardcore pornography which was sent to mosques and Muslim centres in London and around the UK….Also on the hour-long film named ‘The Finale’ are graphic depictions of sex acts and footage portraying Muslims as bloodthirsty. Adolf Hitler features at the end of the video.

Copies of the DVD were posted to the Muslim Council of Britain, as well as Islamic centres in Walthamstow and Acton in London. They were addressed to “His Immaculate Holiness, the Divine Prophet”, a respectful greeting which masked the actual content.

26th August 2013

The attackers sprayed insulation foam underneath the shuttered doors and windows of an Islamic centre in Harlow, Essex, then tried to set it alight, according to police and mosque leaders. The attack caused only minor damage and the centre was opened for prayers hours later.

1st August 2013

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Peter Levers, 33, of Circular Road, Staveley, was caught shouting, “Muslims, I’ll kill them all”, and in a separate case involving Mark Carr, 41, of Holme Road, Chesterfield, two Muslim women were subjected to racist abuse and swear-words during an incident where the comment ‘go back to your own country’ was heard.

1st August 2013

A Muslim woman was attacked in the early hours of Monday morning in Mayfair, London.
In the early hours of Monday morning, as a 55-year-old woman returned home after Suhur (closing fast) at a friends, she was brutally attacked in London’s exclusive Mayfair area in the UK. A man grabbed her from behind and repeatedly punched her in the back of the head.

21st July 2013

One of two Ukrainian men being held over bomb attacks near three mosques has been further arrested on suspicion of murdering a 75-year-old man. West Midlands Police said the arrest was in connection with the killing of Mohammed Saleem on 29 April [2013]

19th July 2013

Counter terrorism police searching Wolverhampton Central Mosque have found traces of an explosion and debris. Army bomb disposal experts made the find on Thursday night as they searched land on Waterloo Road.

12th July 2013

Police said they are investigating a “terrorist incident” after a suspected nail bomb exploded near a mosque in the West Midlands. Several streets were sealed off by police after residents reported hearing a loud bang. West Midlands police said officers were alerted to the incident in Tipton at 1.06pm on Friday and were investigating reports that nails and other debris had been found.

11th July 2013

WITNESSES are being sought after a Scottish mosque was vandalised with offensive graffiti at the start of Ramadan. Police are appealing for information after “Muslims will perish by JC” was daubed at the Fife Islamic Centre in Kirkcaldy.

9th July 2013

A footballer urged people to bomb mosques and joked about beheading Muslim children after soldier Lee Rigby’s murder….Shaun Tuck, who plays for Witton Albion, tweeted: “All the mosques in England should be gassed or bombed, or stormed by 50 lads with machetes, swords the lot. And make a statement.” Tuck added, in a comment about Muslim children, that he would “be taking their kids’ heads off”.

1st July 2013

MUSLIM graves at a Newport cemetery have been desecrated with racist graffiti. The vandals used white paint to write “Lee Rigby murder”, “white power” and drew swastikas on four gravestones at Christchurch Cemetery.
They also wrote the initials of the British National Party (BNP), the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the National Front (NF).

1st July 2013

A FAMILY has condemned the suspected racists who left pig heads in their garden in Bradford. Members of the Ditta family were sickened to discover the pig heads on their front and back doorstop at their home in the Bolton area of the city. They later found another two in a bag, placed in bushes.
The family, who are Muslims, have been living in the city for decades but have never been the target of racism in all those years.

30th June 2013

Two controlled explosions were carried out after a suspect package feared to be a bomb was left at a Liverpool mosque. Police were called to Al Rahma mosque in Mulgrave Street, Toxteth at around 9pm on Sunday night.

27th June 2013

Police are hunting racist thugs who broke into a mosque early this morning and scrawled Nazi swastikas on the walls and windows. The vile graffiti was spotted at Redditch Central Mosque in Worcestershire by officers who were investigating reports of a break-in at the place of worship at 4.30 am.

23rd June 2013

The suspicious item found near a mosque was a small home-made explosive device, police have confirmed. Almost 40 homes close to the place of worship on Rutter Street in Walsall, West Midlands, were evacuated after bomb disposal experts were called to the scene.

18th June 2013

A mosque has been attacked by an arsonist, police said.

A man set light to the door of the building in Gloucester in the early hours of today.The fire service was called to the scene in Ryecroft Street at around 12.50am after reports of a small fire at the mosque.

13th June 2013

Racist vandals paint swastika on proposed mosque site in Green Lane, Worcester Park

9th June 2013

Following the fire at the Darul Uloom School in Chislehurst, the Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “These are difficult times for London’s communities. The Met is now investigating suspicious fires at two locations within the Islamic community which have happened in the past few days.”

7th June 2013

Sayed Bana, 60, a committee member at the Somali Bravanese Centre in Muswell Hill, invited the thugs behind the blaze to end their campaign of violence and come to the negotiating table as the cross community hub lay in ruins….His call for calm came despite English Defence League supporters taking to social media sites to praise the apparent attack and call for further attacks on the Muslim community. One user wrote on the Yorkshire-Leeds EDL Division Facebook page: “Crying shame, if only it had been full.” Another added on the same page: “Next time do one at 3pm on a Friday afternoon.”

5th June 2013

An Islamic centre in north London has been destroyed by a fire in an apparent hate crime attack. … A spokesman said the letters EDL were sprayed on to the building, used by the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association.

30th May 2013

Trustee of Finsbury Park Mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, in an interview with local paper, Islington Gazette, speaks of a rise in verbal abuse experienced by worshippers at the mosque since the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby last week.

27th May 2013

A former soldier with a hatred of Muslims stuffed tissue into a bottle of beer and attempted to light it at a mosque, a court heard. John Parkin, 27, of Towyn Way West, Towyn, Conwy, pleaded guilty at a special court to threatening to burn down a mosque at Rhyl and religiously aggravated disorderly behaviour on Saturday.

27th May 2013

Humberside Police have made a total of 13 arrests following incidents at a mosque on Weelsby Road in Grimsby, Lincolnshire.
Two men, aged 33 and 37, remain in custody after they were arrested in connection with a fire at the mosque on Sunday night. Another 11 individuals were arrested last Thursday following reports of youths damaging vehicles and the Mosque.

24th May 2013

The Muslim Council of Wales fears inter-racial tensions are escalating in the wake of the slaying of a British serviceman after bacon was left in the entrance to a Welsh mosque.
Secretary of the Council Saleem Kidwai said the food, offensive to muslims on religious grounds, was left at the Shah Jalal mosque, in Cathays, Cardiff, on Wednesday night following the attack in Woolwich

24th May 2013

A Mosque has been vandalised just hours after the suspected terrorist attack in Woolwich. The outer panel of a double-glazed window in a fire exit at Maidenhead Mosque in Holmanleaze was damaged this morning.

24th May 2013

Police are investigating a petrol bomb attack on a mosque in Milton Keynes. There were people inside the Granby Mosque at the time of the incident on Thursday night.

23rd May 2013

A 43-year-old man from Essex has been charged with two counts of possession of offensive weapons and affray over an attack on an Islamic centre.

22nd May 2013

A 45-year-old man is due before magistrates after an attack on a mosque in Gillingham just hours after the terror murder of a soldier in Woolwich. Andrew Grindlay, from Rochester, stands accused of religiously aggravated criminal damage and burglary.

22nd May 2013

English Defence League supporters clashed with police near Woolwich Arsenal railway station just hours after a soldier was butchered in the streets…In Woolwich, a group of between 75 and 100 men gathered at The Queen’s Arms pub on Burrage Grove, where they sang nationalist songs. EDL leader Stephen Lennon said: “Enough is enough. Our message is enough, enough. We have weak leaders. Our police, our leaders tip-toe around this issue. “This issue is political Islam, political Islam that is spreading across this country.”

6th May 2013

Headscarves have been torn off two Muslim women amid a spate of racist attacks carried out by children as young as eight. The young women, said to in their early 20s, were left ‘traumatised’ by the ordeal that saw two children hurl ­racist abuse before ripping off the hijabs. The culprits are believed to be aged eight and 14. The incident, on Tuesday afternoon, follows a spike in hate crimes against Polish and Muslim residents at Wester Hailes Park [Edinburgh] over the past week.

30th April 2013

A grandfather of 22 has been stabbed to death while on his way home from evening prayers at a Birmingham mosque. Mohammed Saleem, 75, was found after being stabbed three times in Green Lane, Small Heath, on Monday night.

17th April 2013

Graffiti daubed on Cambridge mosque site: “For the murderous scum bags etc etc [later deleted by the Council]

16th April 2013

A MAN racially abused a Muslim woman and demanded she took off her hijab before putting a kitchen knife to her throat. David Norris, 39, approached Farduja Jama who was with her eight-year-old son in Morton Street, Barton Hill at 9am.

8th April 2013

…Far Right extremists are establishing roots in Sunderland and spreading racial hatred across the city via Facebook. English Defence League (EDL) supporters chanting anti-Muslim slogans at last month’s demo against proposals for a new mosque of St Mark’s Road in Millfield….Comments have also been left in which Muslims in the city are described as “Muzrats” and “Muzzies”. One post says: “Just had a Muzrat in shop asking why I don’t have any clothes for her”.

10th Feb 2013

A mosque will not open in Chipping Norton after its landlord received a threat that it would be burnt to the ground. The town’s Muslim community had been celebrating after they won permission to open the permanent home on Monday. But their 79-year-old landlord Georg Wissinter has received a threatening phone call and pulled out of the deal.

4th Feb 2013

Two men and a woman have appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court after bacon was allegedly thrown at and stuck to the Central Mosque. Douglas Cruikshank, 37, Chelsea Lambie, 17, and Wayne Stilwel, 24, were charged with a racially prejudiced offence.

1st Feb 2013

“A Conservative councillor has been suspended and is under investigation after allegedly making anti-Muslim comments and sectarian remarks on a social media website, the Guardian has learned. Chris Joannides’s Facebook page contained material comparing Muslim women who wear the burqa to rubbish bags”.

31st Jan 2013

A Muslim family say they have been forced to move from their home after offensive graffiti and a cross wrapped in ham were left outside their house. Murad Alam, 39, said his wife and two sons, aged eight and 10, had moved out of their home in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, to a “safe” place.

21st Jan 2013

Britain is a melting pot of nationalities and faiths, home to hundreds of thousands of Malians, Iraqis, Syrians, Somalis, Kenyans, Nigerians, Yemenis and Pakistanis.
Not all are grateful. Indeed, many are becoming outspokenly defiant. Some have colonised suburbs in major cities. One London borough is so staunchly Muslim it has become known as the Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets.

15th Jan 2013

SIX men have been jailed and a youth reprimanded for causing trouble in Dewsbury and Heckmondwike after an English Defence League (EDL) demonstration in Cleckheaton.
The group, who were sentenced at Leeds Crown Court this morning, are all from Bradford.

14th Jan 2013

A member of the Thanet division of the English Defence League has quit the extreme political party after being contacted by the Isle of Thanet Gazette over posts on his Facebook page….In an interview with this newspaper last year, Mr Field said: “…We feel that honour killings, the grooming of young girls, burqas or sharia law have no place in Britain.” This is in stark contrast to some of the words posted on his Facebook page, some of which include: “Islam is evil”, “There be (sic) blood shed if muzzrats moved into my street it wont be mine”, and “kick Islam out of England”.

13th Jan 2013

Gavin Boby, once linked to the far-right English Defence League, boasts he has already blocked plans for 16 out of 17 mosques being built. Under the banner of the Law and Freedom Foundation, he calls for people to come to him for free professional legal help in opposing mosque proposals and claims that Islam encourages paedophilia, sexual abuse and pimping.

Trial outcomes in 2013 for 2012 offences

Newbury incident
A 21-year-old man who dumped a pig’s head outside a mosque has been jailed for three months. Rory Rowbottom left the animal part outside the Muslim place of worship in Pound Street, Newbury, Berkshire, last October.
Rowbottom, of Poffley Place, Thatcham, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment and a Section 4 public order offence at Reading Magistrates’ Court today, Thames Valley Police said.

Glasgow incident
A teenage thug has been jailed for her part in a racist attack in which a Sudanese woman had her hijab headscarf pulled off.
Paige Bain, 16, also repeatedly punched a five-months pregnant woman during the assault, which was carried out with her aunt, Eileen Kennedy, 28. (2224)

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