Tell MAMA recorded more than a seven-fold rise in anti-Muslim cases between October 7 and December 6, when compared to 177 cases (140 offline, 37 online) during the same period in 2022.
The 1,350 anti-Muslim cases* recorded following the deadly Hamas terror attacks on October 7 include 574 offline cases and 776 online cases, respectively.
For a geographic sense of where we recorded such cases, we broke them down by regions below:
West Midlands (32)
West Yorkshire (29)
East Midlands (21)
South Yorkshire (13)
Across the online world, the 776 cases included racialised, dehumanising memes to overt calls for bans on mosques, the Quran and the forced removal of Muslims from the UK. Other content flagged included overtly racist content that used the P-word to those calling Muslim children future terrorists.
*Like all Tell MAMA cases, the figures are subject to further revision and analysis.
During this recording period, we published case studies including the targeting of a disabled Muslim woman who wears the face veil who faced abuse along with her children and how fearing for their safety, a Muslim family took down a Palestinian flag from their property after someone put a firework through their letterbox over Halloween.
Tell MAMA supported a couple who faced death threats for challenging a woman’s racist comments about Palestinians and anti-Muslim comments about London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan and made a police report on their behalf.
We continue to liaise with various police forces nationally, including the Met Police and the British Transport Police relating to various hate crimes.
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Standing together, not apart
In the current climate, we continue to urge communities to stand together and practice compassion and care for each other and for themselves, to be upstanders and intervene safely to stop racism and hate crime, and we urge those in positions of influence and public authority to consider how their language risk stereotyping communities and how it may unduly influence discussions online and offline.
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