Anti-Muslim ‘offline’ attacks treble in 2015

Women were victims in 61 per cent of cases


Anti-Muslim attacks trebled in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to monitoring group Tell MAMA.

Of the 801 incidents recorded, 437 took place ‘offline’ or in the street, up from 146 in 2014 and a 200 per cent increase.

They include 219 cases of verbal abuse and 74 of assault, from common assault and battery to attempted and grievous bodily harm.

There were also 25 attacks on mosques and other Muslim institutions, including vandalism and criminal damage.

Anti-Muslim Tell MAMA 2015

Their report, out today, comes during a spike in racist attacks following the EU referendum result.

Tell MAMA uses the police definition of hate crime, based on the Macpherson Report into the Stephen Lawrence case, which said a racist incident was ‘any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person’.

However, Tell MAMA seeks ‘secondary corroborating evidence’ of an incident being anti-Muslim in nature, and does not include cases where this is absent in its reports.

This year they received 1,128 reports of anti-Muslim incidents, but only analysed 801 of these, having excluded 327.

Tell MAMA anti Muslim 2015 where

The group has also collected data from the police on anti-Muslim crimes and incidents.

Tell MAMA said 1,494 were recorded by police in 2015, with the majority (1,068) in London, and recorded by the Met.

Greater Manchester Police recorded 359 crimes and incidents, while Merseyside Police recorded 67.

Muslim women were 61 per cent of victims, based on available data, and usually targeted on public transit or when shopping.

Tell MAMA has called for better training for employees at train stations and buses to intervene in anti-Muslim incidents, and argues the attacks are the product of anti-Muslim sentiment in society promoted by the media and politicians.

See: Racism and hate crime spike in referendum aftermath

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6 Responses to “Anti-Muslim ‘offline’ attacks treble in 2015”

  1. CR

    It would be good to have some articles encouraging integration of immigrant communities

  2. Imran Khan

    I would be sceptical of Tell MAMA and it’s methods of assessing these incidents. They have already had their funding pulled by the Home Office for exaggerating and sometimes inventing matters. I’ll dig up some articles. Amongst Asian journalists, of which I am one, they treated very cautiously.

  3. Carey

    Imran Khan you may be sceptical of Tell MAMA – are you also sceptical of Dr. Shuja Shafi, secretary general of The Muslim Council of Britain who issued the following statement:
    “As the results of the referendum became known, I called for our politicians to come together and heal the divisions that have emerged as a result of the campaign. Now we are witnessing the shocking extent of this with reports around the country of hate speech and minorities being targeted.
    “We need leadership now more than ever before. Our country is experiencing a political crisis which, I fear threatens the social peace. Whatever differences we may have, it is vitally important that we demonstrate solidarity for those attacked, and state, in the words of the murdered MP Jo Cox, that ‘We have far more in common than which divides us.” ? Do kindly “dig up” your articles re Tell MAMA’s exaggeration

  4. Imran Khan

    I am afraid Carey that you take things at face value. What you have done is to reproduce a statement by the MCB and to ask me if I am sceptical about both it and it’s spokesperson. The answer to both questions is most definitely. You are, I am afraid, entering into a world where nothing is as it seems. I will come back to you with more on the MCB but for the moment try which should take you to the article otherwise do a bit of googling.

    The far left and liberal apologists for Islamists are fond of seeing Muslims as victims and decrying every critic. Gilligan is of course the anti Christ and general bogey person of the left and their attitudes to him reflect their own hypocrisy. When he exposed the cover up around the weapons of mass destruction he was the hero of the left. When he also exposed the massive financial fraud, which essentially was what it was, of Lee Jasper at the Ken Livingstone GLA he became a racist and when he also correctly, as an electoral court found, showed that Lutfur Rahman In Tower Hamlets had run an utterly corrupt administration he was also Islamophobic.

    Truth will always trump ideology no matter what that ideology is. The left have always looked for victims. The working class have failed them so they must look for other victims and the current favourites are Muslims. I am not and never have been a victim and neither are my family and friends. I have not personal been the subject of any racial or religious hatred in this so called spike of them and neither has anyone I know. More on the MCB later after prayers.

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