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In Britain, Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Increased by Nearly 50 Percent This Past Year

In Britain, Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Increased by Nearly 50 Percent This Past Year

Written by Scott Keyes

Islamophobic hate crimes, already a serious problem in Great Britain, increased by nearly 50 percent in the past year alone, according to new government data.

In 2011 there were 318 reported anti-Muslim hate crimes in Britain, followed by 336 last year. But in 2013 the number rose sharply to 500 reported incidents.

These figures come from municipal police forces, most of which track such crimes.

However, according to the Press Association, which obtained these numbers by submitting Freedom of Information requests to every police branch in England and Wales, as many as two in five police forces don’t track anti-Muslim hate crimes. As a result, there were likely even more than 500 Islamophobic crimes in Britain this year, ranging from violent assaults to leaving a severed pig’s head outside a mosque.

One private group that monitors Islamophobia in Britain, Tell Mama, says it has recorded 840 anti-Muslim hate crimes in the past eight months alone.

Some of the uptick can be attributed to a backlash following a grizzly attack in May when two Islamic extremists killed a British soldier in London. In May and June alone, there were 212 anti-Muslim hate crimes across Britain.

Fiyaz Mujhal of Tell Mama blamed far-right organizations like the anti-Islam group English Defence League that “perniciously use the Internet and social media to promote vast amounts of online hate.”

Of course, anti-Muslim sentiments are alive and well in the United States as well. Muslims in New York have been under increased scrutiny and surveillance by the city’s police department. Job applicants who happen to be Muslim are less likely to get the job because of their background. And Islamophobic views are most regularly espoused on Fox News, whether it’s a host (and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate) referring to Muslims as “uncorked animals” and openly worrying that a local swim class for Muslim girls portended the rise of Sharia law in the United States.

This post was originally published in ThinkProgress

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12:39PM PDT on Aug 3, 2014

Is it any wonder??? They bring the hate upon themselves!! While in Rome, do as the Romans do......... They come over here and criticize and try to change everything sacred to the people in our own country. If they don't like it here, they're very welcome to leave and go back where they came from.

4:57AM PST on Mar 3, 2014

LOL,attempting to ban poor piglet from the Winnie the Poo bear stories,aaaah,what is to become of the World. I enjoy my little ones,whilst they have innocence in there little faces.

2:43PM PST on Jan 22, 2014

How depressing that these abhorrent anti-Muslim acts are increasing! I hope that what appear to be increasing numbers of U.S. programs fostering better understanding of the Islam religion are successful... I really believe that they've made a difference in my part of the country (upper Midwest)...

2:43PM PST on Jan 22, 2014

How depressing that these abhorrent anti-Muslim acts are increasing! I hope that what appear to be increasing numbers of U.S. programs fostering better understanding of the Islam religion are successful... I really believe that they've made a difference in my part of the country (upper Midwest)...

10:21AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

Who are Anonymous?

10:20AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

and Scott, have you even read ALL the comments on this thread????

10:13AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

Wondering where my post went detailing the nefarious work of EDL and UKIP...... Not a single cuss word in there. No ad hominem work. No abuse to others. I guess cause I am pro human and NOT anti muslim people got offended.

Scott/Mark
I am Buddhist: what do you think I'd choose?
I don't deal with racists or the like, and you guys have NO idea about Anonymous or you would KNOW they do not agree with UKIP/ EDL or BNP.

9:04AM PST on Jan 9, 2014

Ruby W. I do not love or associate with EDL and that sort of talk would lose my position in UKIP! I would suggest you read my early comments on this thread to put my views in perspective. Never you mind about me...take the mask/burkha off and talk. I don't think Anonymous would be impressed with you lack of knowledge. You views in the wake of the Muslim Brotherhood being branded terrorists.
EDL might be racist now, but they weren't when Robinson was leader. EDL are not even a political party, so it just shows how misinformed you are. I would appreciate it if you didn't drag me into you rants. You just say what YOU believe, not links.

7:03AM PST on Jan 9, 2014

Cont..

The reason according to the Mullahs? America/the West, wanted to sterilize the muslim population. First came the complaints, then the sharia gangs/courts, then the riots. Then the attempts to get into government. Thats before the popuation reaches 5%. Then comes the uprising. Minority groups always preach peace!

The EDL/BNP are very rascist, I agree. They are however, the only groups in the UK, not afraid to take action against religious groups. Both Christian, and Muslim.
Our police, and government are tied down by red tape, and will not take action. Until our own people get off their backsides and do something, they are all we have.

If this is their thank you, I do not want it. My father has had abuse thrown in his face, just for being a British non Muslim.
He was a big man once, but not any more. I had to defend myself, then wound a Muslim man. Why? A knife attack. He wanted my Briefcase, and money.
When the Police arrived, he proceeded to tell them I had attacked him because he was muslim. I was on my way to work.

It's all well and good to protest against them, but look at the alternative. If you think the other minority groups will be treated better under Islam, think again.

7:02AM PST on Jan 9, 2014

@ Ruby W. Have you ever read Winnie the pooh? It's a harmless story isn't it.
Islam has been trying to ban "Piglet," from the story here in Europe. Almost every animal, in all traditional stories. The Zealots in Europe are protesting everywhere. They are attacking statues of animals, because it offends their religious beliefs. They now want halal meat to be sold on our shop shelves. Surely you know how poorly halal meat is prepared. This is how it began in every host country.

They practice sharia law on the streets of the UK. They have attacked and killed a soldier on British soil. They attack, and bully cadets/teenagers. They have groomed, then raped many British girls. They are attacking pensioners. They want control of our schools. The Imams, are not talking of peace.

None of us here, are fans of the EDL/BNP! Which would you choose? It is merely the lesser of two evils. And one we know. There is a time and place for radicals. The time for moderation has passed. Would you like to see your own family members being dragged into a sharia court? I've seen the results. We did not lessen the influence of the Church in the UK, only for Islam to take their place. Or did we?

The muslim population stands at around 2.7% in the UK. Check country statistics for every country now controlled by Islam. Until their population reached 2% they behaved. Take a look at Africa. In Nigeria 2005, a "Fatwa," was declared against the Polio Vaccine. The reason according to the Mullahs? Ame

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