Race, class and conflict

Posted on Tuesday 28th May 2013

Since the hideous atrocities committed in Woolwich last week, the number of anti-Muslim incidents - verbal and physical abuse, vandalising and defacing mosques for instance - reported to the Government-funded Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks www.tellmama.org) have risen sharply from around 4-5 per day to almost 50 in the same amount of time.

Drawing upon his research into Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred from the past decade, IASS's Chris Allen reflected on the potential for an anti-Muslim backlash in a recent article for The Conversation, a new commentary website.

Part of the article is reproduced below:

EDL uses an old playbook to spread message of hate

It was unsurprising that little more than a few hours after yesterday’s horrific murder, the far-right arrived in Woolwich. Emboldened by the afternoon’s events, the English Defence League’s (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson announced:

"They’re chopping our soldiers' heads off. This is Islam. That’s what we’ve seen today … Islam is a religion of peace. It’s not. It never has been. What you saw today is Islam. Everyone’s had enough."

At about the same time, arrests were being made in Essex and Kent following attacks on two different mosques. Similarly, there was a sharp increase in the number of incidents being reported to the government-funded service, Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks).

Before yesterday’s events, indicative data made available by Tell MAMA suggests that more than half of all recorded anti-Muslim incidents are perceived by victims as being perpetrated by people active within, or sympathetic to, various far-right groups and organisations...

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