Published On: Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014 on 5:18 pm

Anti-Muslim hate crime: Helpline logs new incidents from Yorkshire

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EXCLUSIVE: A hate crime helpline has recorded two anti-Muslim incidents in Yorkshire in just one week.

Tell MAMA, a nationwide project launched by not-for-profit organisation Faith Matters, even logged a Twitter user who urged others to ‘plant pipe bombs’ to attack Muslims.

The first incident was recorded on 14 December, when a Facebook user was reported for calling for violent reprisals against terrorist groups that also targeted ordinary Muslims.

On the 19 December, the police were informed after a Twitter account made threats to attack a mosque in Rochdale.

The user tweeted: ‘I urge everyone to attack Muslims: pour petrol through their letter boxes, plant pipe bombs outside their houses, mosques & places of work.’

The same account, which called for a local mosque to be ‘on its guard,’ was disabled after Tell MAMA and other Twitter users reported it.

Founder and director of Faith Matters, Fiyaz Mughal OBE, said: “I think what’s clear is that anti-Muslim hate is extensive through social media and the online world today.

“There are number of problems. Facebook and Twitter still do not take down individual accounts which use threat and intimidation, and the police are not very well-trained and able to locate individuals hiding behind accounts.

“The aggression and the scale of online hate is worrying.”

Tell MAMA was alerted of an incident last month after the Yorkshire Standard uploaded a video taken in Leeds.

A Muslim woman was hurled racist abuse and ‘pushed’ aggressively by a male whilst she waited for a taxi.

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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