New figures have revealed that in the past 12 months a total of 201 mosques have been the target of hate crimes across Europe and the United Kingdom. This year, between March and July, police have recorded 110 hate crimes directed at mosques.
Frightening And Growing Trend of Anti-Muslim Violence
- In the past one year, threats of violence against Muslims outside their places of worship increased by 300%, rising from 14 crimes in 2016 to 49 in 2017.
- Similarly, in past year, violent crimes against Muslims at their places of worship increased by 200%.
- In 2017, crimes recorded as vandalism or criminal damage increased from 12 in 2016 to 15.
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott said:
“Attacks on any religious group or minority are abominable. These anti-Muslim attacks will be condemned by all decent people.”
On the other hand, Director of Faith Matters, Fiyaz Mughal told The Independent:
“We have seen a rise in anti-Muslim extremism and far-right activity online, with a very slow, dinosaur approach from social media companies to take off hate, and an utter denial for three or four years that this was their responsibility.”
Mughal also said that the terrorist attacks are the main reasons behind the anti-Muslim hate. Ultimately, to reduce fractures in Muslim community, all we need to do is the reduction in terrorist attacks by enforcing strict laws and increasing high tech intelligence.