Hate crime against Muslims is on the increase

Image: Mosques are being forced to tighten security following recent terror attacks

JVL Introduction

A couple of months old but worth highlighting.

This article shows clearly the growing danger faced by Muslims on the streets of Britain today. All racism must be opposed. The £14 million Government fund to the CST to protect synagogues needs to be matched and more, for a much larger population under increasing threat

This article was originally published by Sky News on Mon 3 Jun 2019. Read the original here.

Mosques will be able to apply for a government grant from a £5m pot from July, but British Muslim leaders say this is not enough.

Concern over mosque safety: British Muslims call for increase to govt security grant

Mosques are being forced to tighten security following recent terror attacks
Image: Mosques are being forced to tighten security following recent terror attacks

Leaders from Muslim faith organisations across the UK are calling on the government to increase funding to protect the millions of Muslims in the country.

In July, mosques will be able to apply for a grant from a pot of £5 million, which is available for all faiths over a three-year period, but British Muslim leaders have said this is not enough.

They would like to see the government pledge £14m to an organisation in order to match the Home Office’s monetary support of Jewish group Community Support Trust (CST).

The call to the government comes after mosques across the UK were forced to increase security in light of heightened attacks on the places of worship after the Christchurch terror attacks in New Zealand, which saw 51 Muslims murdered by a far-right extremist.

Many mosques have received training from the Faith Association’s new programme, Mosque Security.

Faith Associates CEO Shaukat Warriach told Sky News that security at mosques was “critical”.

He said: “Muslims have been facing attacks going to and from mosques. We’ve seen women being abused going to mosques, even with children. They’ve been attacked.

“Mosques and mosques leadership are aware that this is a major concern in the community, so it’s important to beef up security.”

Mr Warriach noted that even mosques that were once “very open” were now being forced to looking into implementing security measures.

He said: “We’ve gone to premises with 2,000 to 5,000 capacity with no security, but now they’re all beginning to realise we have to put some level of security in place.”

The Mosque Security programme has already successfully trained over a thousand volunteers in security tactics to protect mosques and worshippers during busy periods.

Shaukat Warriach says Muslims have been "facing attacks" while travelling to and from mosques
Image: Mr Warriach says Muslims have been facing attacks while travelling to and from mosques

Al Madina Masjid in Barking has spent £130,000 of its own money to increase security by introducing CCTV and employing volunteers to police the premises during busy prayer times.

Ashfaq Siddique, who is a secretary at the mosque, told Sky News that the £5m government grant pot was simply not enough.

He said: “I feel that a lot of organisations have been lulled into a false sense of security, thinking that the government will make this money available, in fact there’s not enough to go around.”

Mr Siddique stressed a need for security to be spread to the streets as well as at places of worship – an idea which takes inspiration from the CST.

There are just over 300,000 Jews in the UK compared with Britain’s 3.5 million Muslims.

Concern for the safety of Muslims has increased as hate crime soared after recent terror attacks.

According to the charity TellMama, the UK witnessed a 593% increase in recorded levels of Islamaphobia just a week after the Christchurch terror attack.

Some mosques are spending huge amounts of their own money to tighten security
Image: Some mosques are spending huge amounts of their own money to tighten security

It included verbal hate crime, but also physical abuse and attacks on mosques.

In a statement, the minister for countering extremism, Baroness Williams, said: “It is vital that Muslim communities feel protected, safe and secure. The government recognises that Muslim communities may be feeling anxious following the horrendous attacks in New Zealand, and particularly during Ramadan.

“That is why we have awarded grants worth £1.5m over the last three years through our Places of Worship Protective Security Fund and have increased the funding for 2019-20 to £1.6m.

“In addition, the Home Office is funding Faith Associates, an organisation which provides security training and advice, to deliver training to a number of Muslim places of worship.

“This comes alongside £5m over three years announced in March for places of worship for all faiths.”

Comments (3)

  • Sara says:

    People of ALL faiths should be alarmed and very worried about the rise and fascilitation of far right wing ideology, extremism and hatred with its hideous promotion by white supremacist leaders in the West, USA, Israel, Brazil and Hungary in particular. We stand in solidarity with everyone targeted and under attack. We will not tolerate this.

  • John says:

    ‘There are just over 300,000 Jews in the UK compared with Britain’s 3.5 million Muslims.’
    This seems to imply that if CST is receiving £14 million the Muslim equivalent body should receive at least £150 million from central government?
    UK governments supporting Likud’s racist supremacist zionist policies is costing all of us more than just a “pretty penny”!

  • Hardly anyone would openly admit that there is a hierarchy of racism but our actions suggest otherwise. Is it seriously suggested that racism against Jews is the only racism in the Labour Party ? The behaviour of the NEC suggests that Labour only cares about racism against Jews. Likewise as John points out the behaviour of a government suggests that it cares much more about violence against Synagogues than violence against Mosques.
    Nothing I say should be read as diminishing the disgust we all should feel about Antisemitism. Nobody openly acknowledges that there is a hierarchy of racisms but the actions of the Labour Party and Government suggests that they believe a Jewish life is more important than a Muslim or Palestinian life. Surely that is itself racist ?
    As socialists we must firmly assert that all human beings are equally valuable.
    The very existence of s Labour Friends of Israel suggests that Labour isn’t fully committed to that ideal. Labour is a broad church but surely to goodness we aught to agree that we condemn racism in all circumstances ?

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