The UK Telegraph reports that both anti-Semitic and Islamophobic incidents have risen recently but can’t seem to understand that the rise in anti-Semitism is directly related to the rise in the Muslim population in Britain.
Last year saw the highest number of anti-Semitic incidents in the UK since recording began in 1984.
The true picture is much worse, as many victims of anti-Semitic attacks are either unable or unwilling to report such crimes. Perhaps the most worrying aspect of this is that attacks of this nature are even more prevalent when you consider the strong similarities between anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, (Similarities? Crap) which is also on the rise along with its associated incidents.
Both anti-Semitic and Islamophobic incidents peak around ‘trigger events’ both here and elsewhere in the world. For example, the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza caused a peak in incidents between January and February 2009. The report links the next highest number of recorded incidents in September to greater visibility of Jewish people in public spaces due to key Jewish festivals.
(That’s right, Jews get attacked in the UK on the anniversary of a war half way around the world or when they are seen in public places on Jewish holidays (Mostly by Muslims). Muslims get attacked (rarely by Jews) in the UK for rioting in the streets, fighting with police, demanding Shari’a Law, mega mosques, foot baths, etc, calling for the Queen to convert to Islam, threatening to make Buckingham Palace a mosque, spitting on returning British war heroes, to name just a few)
Similarly, Islamophobic incidents rise after ‘trigger events’ (SEE ABOVE) and are perpetrated against the most visible Muslims, in particular Muslim women who wear headscarves and other forms of Islamic attire. These ‘trigger events’ can also be seen elsewhere, for example when Danish Embassies were attacked as a result of the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy.” Such incidents have caused death and serious injury. Even where reported, official sources rarely differentiate between religion and race and unlike CST, no single Muslim organisation is collecting data nationwide – there is now a desperate need to better evidence the extent of Islamophobia.
Islamophobia does not appear to be being taken seriously by the Government, (Maybe because it ISN’T Islmophobia when then really ARE trying to convert/kill you) the media or the general public and the situation is becoming increasingly dire – why this is remains unclear. (Then you people are dumb AND blind) It could be because of a lack of understanding and recognition of the seriousness of Islamophobia; it could be because little ‘hard evidence’ exists; it could also be that anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic attitudes are becoming more socially acceptable. (How about that people don’t like having their culture and freedoms usurped by Muslim savages?)
Last week’s bleak report on Islamophobic hate crime in London from the European Muslim Research Centre argues that fears and misunderstandings of Muslims were increasingly providing a basis for violent acts. (Misunderstandings? Hardly, people are finally beginning to understand what a threat Muslims are to their country) The report found that Muslim Londoners face a threat of violence and intimidation from three primary groups: small violent nationalist groups with similar ideologies as the British National Party; street gangs with no allegiances to the far-right; and a small number of others who appear to be acting on prejudices gained via negative media portrayals of Muslims as terrorists and security threats.
But hate crimes are just the tip of the iceberg. Anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic attitudes are also increasingly commonplace. As the British Social Attitudes Survey recently highlighted, not only are Muslims the least popular religious community in Britain today but over half the population would be bothered by a large mosque being built in their community. (Notice how they don’t say people would be equally bothered by a synagogue in their community) Neither of these attitudes are specifically Islamophobic but they do suggest a hardening of attitudes especially when Muslims and Islam are considered against other religions. As Professor David Voas provocatively put it, Muslims are increasingly being understood as posing a threat to British society.
As was noted at a University of Birmingham conference last December on the issue of Islamophobia, now is the time to get the influential decision-makers to think hard about what still needs to be done. If we do not, then British society will become less fair and less equal, more divided and more disparate and the spectres of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia will continue to rear their ugly heads. If we do, then we will begin the process of socially marginalising Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in the same way that we have racism since the 1970s. (Gee, they don’t even mention anything about Muslim Anti-Semitism here, which is far more prevalent than Islamophobia) UK TELEGRAPH
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