515 anti-Muslim cases reported to Tell MAMA between Oct 7-29

Tell MAMA logged 515 anti-Muslim cases between October 7 and October 29 – a seven-fold increase over the same period last year (where we received 73 cases).

Of the 515 cases, 247 cases happened offline – with 177 cases of abusive behaviour, 25 threats, 24 assaults, 13 cases of vandalism, 11 acts of discrimination, 12 cases of hate speech and 5 examples of anti-Muslim literature.

Cases occurred in areas like London (155), North West (26), Lancashire (6), South Yorkshire (7), West Yorkshire (12), East Midlands (9) and West Midlands (13), South East (4), South West (5), North East (6), Wales (2), Scotland (2).

In the online world, Tell MAMA received 268 cases.

Like all Tell MAMA cases, the figures are subject to further revision and analysis.

LinkedIn removed a dehumanising, anti-Muslim post that called Muslims an ‘infestation’ in a rant that also contained white supremacist language after Tell MAMA flagged it. We also filed a report with the Metropolitan Police to investigate further.

Broader anti-Muslim narratives on social media platforms like Twitter/X link Muslims to terrorism as far-right accounts push securitisation narratives about Muslim women in calls to ban articles of religious clothing.

We are concerned about the targeting of Muslim communities at major transport hubs, including rail networks who faced targeted abuse, harassment and threats in recent weeks, especially during evenings and weekends. We urge communities to keep our tailored safety advice on trains in mind which we created in partnership with British Transport Police.

The hate crime investigation into the shocking targeting of the Oxford Mosque and Islamic Cultural Society on 28 October with a petrol can thrown into its car park is ongoing. Tell MAMA is liaising with Thames Valley Police. Anyone with information can call 101, quoting 43230484992. We can also do this on your behalf or anonymously.

Some shocking cases flagged with us made headlines in the media alongside spikes in cases including coverage in LBC, the Evening Standard and the Financial Times.

Previous bulletins highlighted broader anti-Muslim, anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian abuse, harassment, vandalism and violence.

Further notes:

We have safety advice in both English and Arabic – and urge Muslim communities to remain vigilant when out and about.

Our counselling service is there for anyone in need. If you would like to access the service or find out more about it, e-mail us at counselling@tellmamauk.org

In any emergency, dial 999.


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