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September 14, 2001

Backlash against British Muslims in the wake of terrorist attacks in the US

In light of the recent atrocities in the United States, we have been inundated with calls and e mails from Muslims who have received threatening and abusive calls and e-mails sent by various anonymous groups and individuals. Some have been harassed in the streets, reports The Muslim News. "The Muslim community should be congratulated for their endurance under such trying circumstances," says The Muslim News.

The backlash has taken place throughout Britain, London, Hertfordshire, Swansea, Blackpool, Manchester and Birmingham. "We expect an increase in the backlash as we experienced during the second Gulf war," says The Muslim News.
Majority of people who face harassments are women observing the Hijab.

Security have been increased at mosques and Islamic centers. At the Islamic Culture Centre in London, they have 24 hour police presence outside the mosque. Their underground and overground parking has been closed and internal security increased after receiving threatening calls.

Calls and emails and verbal abuses include, "get these bastards", "you cruel Muslims", "you Muslims are murderers", "you don't belong here, you never will", "God bless Israel and USA", "Israel will nuke you and all of the countries that support terrorism".

Muslim pupils in one of the state school were verbally abused when they were watching terrorist attacks on Tuesday in the school's common room.

One the streets, Muslim women donning the hijab have been verbally abused.

For further information contact us on 020 7608 2822 or 077 68 241 325. Please acknowledge The Muslim News when using the press release

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