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March 28, 2003
Backlash against Muslims has begun
Backlash against Muslims has begun. Madinah Masjid in Batley, West Yorkshire, was fire-bombed on Monday 24, reports The Muslim News.
No one was hurt as the incident took place at 10.30 at night. Two windows were broken. The cost of the damage is yet not known. The Muslim community is blaming the police. "There is has not been an increase of police presence since the outbreak of the war," complained Dr Abdulrahim Rajpura, Chairman of the Madinah mosque. He added: "Thank God no one was injured." Last year, a pig's head was thrown at the Mosque. A police spokesman told The Muslim News that the local Muslim community did not want an increase in police presence as this would "have an adverse effect and create anxiety in the community".
The Muslim News has documented two other attacks on Muslims. On March 23, a Muslim woman wearing the hijab, was in her car dropping kids to school. A car passed by with lowered windows and spat at her. Fortunately, her window was closed. "I was shocked and upset," she said. She lives in suburban Sutton, Surrey. Another example was of two Arab students from Dundee University who experienced their first ever abuse last week whilst in Pizza Hut. Some white young men shouted abuse to them about Iraq and Arabs. They both said they had never in their ten years of living in Scotland ever experienced anything like this before.
"There has been a smaller number of reported attacks on Muslims and Islamic institutions and mosques since the war began compared to the backlash during the Gulf War in 1991 and post September 11," said Ahmed J Versi, Editor of The Muslim News. "We hope the number of attacks remain low," he added.
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