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The Islamophobia watch group, TellMAMA, reports of a threatening letter which publicises so-called ‘Punish a Muslim Day’, a day of violence against Muslims on April 3rd. The campaign encourages acts of violence such as pulling women’s headscarves and bombing mosques.
Umar Haque, who taught at two schools and at a madrassa, has been convicted of attempting to radicalise 110 of his pupils despite Ofsted inspections at the schools not revealing any concern of extremism. Questions have been raised about extending Ofsted’s powers to combat extremism as a result, a topic which is already controversial.
Figures from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime reveal a 40% rise in Islamophobic hate crime in London, but Scotland Yard warns these figures do not reveal the full extent of the problem because many go unreported.
Several UK politicians, including the Mayor of London, have expressed their concerns over the impact the delay of releasing bodies for burial is having on Muslim and Jewish communities. The issue concerns one jurisdiction of London in particular, which is home to the UK’s largest Muslim and ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities.