Charity supported by Jo Cox Fund warns against the voices of hatred
HOPE not Hate is calling for the spirit of unity after last night’s attack in Westminster to be channelled into collective efforts to tackle all forms of terrorism and hatred.
The anti-fascist charity – which is supported by the Jo Cox Fund, set up in the name of the MP murdered in Britain’s last terrorist attack – warned against ‘calls for revenge’ from people who seek to exploit such tragedies.
In a statement last night, shared on Twitter today, HOPE not Hate said:
“Resolve can be shaken in the aftermath of such incidents. Calls for revenge can abound. But we mustn’t let the terrorists win. Nor those who welcome the hatred they bring.
In the coming hours and days, there will be some who call for more hatred. Who want nothing more than to meet violence with violence.
That is the path to ruin.
Please don’t be intimidated. Don’t give in. And don’t listen to haters.
We’ll stand firm against all those who call for division; and with your help, we’ll expose those who call for terror too.”
In an apparent reference to people who might have double standards on political extremism, it adds:
“London won’t be cowed, and neither will we. Please help us stand firm. Help us expose those in ALL communities who want to sow division and terror.
In the face of tragedy and violence, help us bring hope and unity.”
HOPE not Hate has for years campaigned against the neo-fascist British National Party and similar far-right groups.
In recent years the charity has taken on Islamist groups like Anjem Choudary’s Al-Muhajiroun, along with Europe’s anti-Muslim ‘counter jihad’ movement.
Adam Barnett is staff writer for Left Foot Forward. Follow him on Twitter @AdamBarnett13Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.