Tell MAMA recorded 895 anti-Muslim cases in the six weeks that followed Hamas’s deadly terror attacks.
Our latest figures cover October 7 to November 19, demonstrating a six-fold increase in cases from the 2022 figure of 142 cases (110 offline, 32 online).
Like with our previous statistical bulletins, we provide a brief geographic breakdown of where offline cases occurred.
Of the 401 offline cases, 69 occurred in London, 41 in the northwest, 10 in South Yorkshire, 21 in West Yorkshire, 12 in the East Midlands and 21 in the West Midlands. In other areas, like the South East and South West of England, we recorded 7 cases in each area respectively. The final geographic areas concern Scotland (7), Wales (2), and the North East (11).
In terms of categories, Tell MAMA received 266 cases of abusive behaviour, 31 threats, 33 assaults, 26 acts of vandalism, 21 cases of discrimination, 19 acts of hate speech and 5 examples of anti-Muslim literature.
Across the online sphere, including major social media platforms to Telegram and other digital platforms, we received 493 cases.
Like all Tell MAMA cases, the figures are subject to further revision and analysis.
Our previous bulletins highlighted the worrying levels of anti-Muslim dehumanisation online, the targeting of mosques, and concerns about anti-Muslim language and behaviours at places of education.
We told the Guardian newspaper earlier this month that: “Students and staff are feeling particularly anxious and unsafe at the moment and questioning whether they should wear Islamic clothing on campus, show solidarity for Palestine, or even discuss publicly what is happening in Israel and Palestine, for fear of being targeted.”
On November 10, Tell MAMA highlighted how a couple when out shopping in Marylebone in central London, faced a death threat and abuse from a woman they had earlier challenged for the abusive and racist comments she made about London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Palestinian communities.
Standing together, not apart
In the current climate, we reiterate, that not just in ‘No2h8November’ that we 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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