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The Islamophobia monitoring group Tell Mama has reported that 2017 saw a record number of anti-Muslim attacks and incidents of abuse reported. The group’s annual report identified 1,201 verified reports submitted in 2017, representing a rise of 26% from 2016.
Muslims Against Anti-Semitism (MAAS), “a collective group of British Muslims who believe that antisemitism within Muslim communities has gone on for far too long”, have established their organisation and its mission statement with a post in the Telegraph and the Times entitled “We Muslims have one word for Jews. Shalom”.
Paul Moore attempted to kill two Muslim women wearing headscarves in Leicester in September, and was convicted days after warnings were given about the increased threat from far-right terrorism. Moore has not been labelled a terrorist.
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.
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