UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — It is reported that after Boris Johnson’s negative statements about women in burqa last year, the number of cases of manifestation of Islamophobia increased almost four times.
The Tell MAMA NGO that monitors hate crimes in the UK has released a 2018 report.
According to the report, after Boris Johnson, who took the prime minister’s chair last month, in his article for the Daily Telegraph in 2018 likened women who wear burqa to “mailboxes” and “bank robbers,” in the country a 375% increase in hate crimes against Muslims was recorded.
Following the publication of this article, a total of 28 hate crimes were committed against Muslims, of which 22 were directed against women in burqa.
Another factor that contributed to the increase in the incidence of Islamophobia in the country last year was the campaign, which was launched by an anonymous letter under the heading “Punish a Muslim.” During the campaign, 37 hate crimes related to this letter were recorded in the country.
Most crimes against Muslims took place in public places. This shows that Islamophobia is beginning to be considered more “normal,” as part of the mainstream.
The report notes: “The growing incidence of discrimination, incitement to hatred and the increase in anti-Muslim books and articles show that there is growing general intolerance and hatred.”
Letter “Punish a Muslim”
A letter circulated in the UK last March under the headline “Muslim Punishment Day” provoked acts of violence against Islamic followers.
The letter, which was sent using mobile applications such as WhatsApp, suggested verbal and physical attacks on Muslims, tearing headscarves from Muslim women, splashing acid on their faces, killing Muslims with a gun, knife, car and other ways, setting fire and blow up mosques.
Queen Elizabeth, former Prime Minister Theresa May and member of the House of Lords, Muslim Ahmet Tarık, received letters containing white powder. In this regard, a 35-year-old British citizen, David Parnham, was detained.
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