Muslim hate crime in London has shot up by almost 65% in twelve months, with spikes in violence linked not to Islamic State beheadings, but to incidents closer to home like the Rotherham grooming scandal.
Metropolitan Police figures show that incidents of hate crime rose from 344 to 570 in the last year, and women are key targets because of their identifiable Islamic dress.
Fiyaz Mughal, director of the Islamophobia monitoring group Tell MAMA, said that he had been expecting an increase of between 30-50%, and had not predicted such a dramatic rise.
“It’s certainly linked to current events, but the severity of the reports we get vary, depending on what is happening in the news,” he told HuffPost UK. “When there’s an IS beheading, or there’s a terror threat made against the UK, you’ll find a bombardment of online abuse and threats. And it will be a discernible spike, increasing for a short period and then dying down.”
It was national scandals, like the grooming of young girls in Rotherham by groups of Pakistani men, or the alleged “Trojan horse” plot by hardline Muslims in Birmingham to “take over” some of the city’s state schools, that had the most impact on the figures, Mughal said…
And Tell Mama is such an accurate of information. What are these hate crimes? I have not read about them. Did someone give a woman in a hijab an perceived unfriendly look? Was it the “bully bloggers”?