Memorandum from The Muslim News
ISLAMOPHOBIC ATTACKS IN THE WAKE OF SEPTEMBER
On Friday 28 September at just before 1.00 am,
two petrol bombs were thrown at the Bedash restaurant on Nevendon
Road, Wickford, Essex. The premises were double-glazed and so
prevented most of the devices entering the restaurant, which resulted
in only minor fire damage to the exterior of the restaurant and
to the front window. There were five people upstairs, four Muslims
and one Christian, at the time of the arson attack. Nixon Alemro
who was one of them said, "My first reaction was shock and
fear, and I was so worried that if we had been asleep what could
have happened." He also added, "We have been open for
14 years and we have had no problems at all." Business was
slightly affected the next day as people that had made bookings
cancelled them through fear.
On Thursday 13 September at 8.30 pm, a Mosque
in Milton Road, Southend, Essex, was victim to a graffiti attack
on their walls. On Friday 14 September at 2.00 am bricks were
thrown which smashed the windows: "We live upstairs and were
woken up by the smashing of the windows. We were devastated, that
a holy place was desecrated", said Siddiqah Awan.
Thursday 13 September 6.30 pm when a Muslim
lady in Hijab was coming back from work, in Epsom, Surrey, young
kids threw sandwiches at her. She didn't say anything, but her
non-Muslim friends told them off.
In Swindon, Wiltshire, at 8.15 pm on 14 September,
a Muslim woman aged 19 in Hijab, was attacked by two unknown white
males. She was walking home from her temporary job in Graham Street.
The Victim was repeatedly hit around the head with a baseball
bat. She believes it was a metal baseball bat that was used to
hit her. The victim was released from hospital after being treated
for bruising. The attack is being treated as racially motivated
and the police are not ruling out the possibility of a link with
the incident in the US, although, the victim believes it is a
result of this. No arrests have been made; the police are appealing
Mosques in Birmingham have received abusive
telephone calls, and one had excrement through the letterbox.
Two Asian Councillors were attacked and injured,
on 11.30 pm on Saturday 15 September. Coun Chaman Lal, a Sikh,
and a colleague who wishes not to be named were attacked in Cape
Hill, Smethwick, Birmingham. They left a pub in Cape Hill with
another friend and were waiting at a bus stop. A man ran up to
them shouting "Are you Muslim, I want to kill all Muslims."
The man is white and believed to be Irish. Coun Lal (Lab Soho)
was struck in the stomach; the unnamed councillor was hit in the
face, knocking out some teeth. Coun Lal said: "I am completely
against the attacks in the USA and believe terrorism should be
wiped out, but it is not right for people to attack innocent people
In Wolverhampton, there are reports of Sikhs
At 1.15 am on Wednesday 3 October, smoke was
spotted coming from the Pakistani Association in Annandale Street,
Leith, Edinburgh. The Lothian and Borders police and fire brigade
were alerted. The small blaze was extinguished and the root of
the attack was found to be a petrol bomb. In the morning, the
centre was quiet and showed no signs of the event that had taken
place in the previous night, although a police officer remained
on guard outside. The mosque has been in Annandale Street for
three and a half years and has never been attacked before. The
police are treating the attack as racially motivated and as suspicious,
however, they are not at this stage linking it to the recent terrorist
attacks in America.
Following enquiries, on Wednesday 10 October,
a 16 year old white youth was arrested and charged with the attack
the previous night. He was due in Edinburgh Sherriff Court on
Thursday 11 October.
Azar Ghafoor a Committee Member said, "we
were horrified and in disbelief of what happened. Our centre has
been here in Annendale Street for three years now and we have
had no problems."
On Saturday 22 September, it was discovered,
at the Cambusnethan Cemetery in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, that
18 Muslim headstone memorials had been damaged. The North Lanarkshire
Council's Cemeteries Registrar, Ken Forbes, said, "The council
condemns any acts of vandalism, especially one of this nature
which is both cowardly and insensitive." "Immediately
following the incident, security at the cemetery was stepped up
and on our request, Strathclyde Police also increased the number
of patrols in the area."
In relation to the reason for the attack, the
Police were not sure at this stage whether it was a racially motivated
attack. No one has been apprehended.
Glasgow's central mosque has brought in private
security guards to patrol the perimeter of the building after
windows were smashed. The Mosque has also been receiving bomb
A 20-year old girl on Wednesday 12 September
at 6.00 pm, in Longsight, Glasgow, was going to her sister's house
by bus. During the journey, a white man sitting behind her said
"you Muslim bastard" and then he hit her over the head
with a glass Tizer bottle. Nobody came to her rescue; she remained
quiet after the incident, as she was too frightened and alighted
at her stop.
"I was in a daze and didn't know what to
do, the driver didn't do anything even though he saw what had
happened. The bus was full. It is a sad thing because of anti-Muslim
feeling that no one came to my rescue," she told The Muslim
On Tuesday 11 September, 10.30 pm two mosques,
in Livingstone, West Lothian and in Bathgate had bricks thrown
as them. At the Livingstone mosque, 15 minutes prior to the bricks
being thrown through the window, they had a phone call twice swearing
at them and saying, "You Islamic people are bastards. We
are going to get you". Imam Abdul Rashid told The Muslim
News that he telephoned the police, but the police arrived
too late after the bricks were thrown.
A Lebanese woman wearing Hijab in Central London
was punched in the face. She fell and is said to have been hospitalised
as a result of her injuries.
An Egyptian woman driver in Neasden was stopped
by a man who appeared to want directions. As she lowered the window
the man threw eggs at her.
An Afghani taxi driver, Hamidullah Gharwal,
28, who is said to have been involved in an argument over the
fare with his passengers, three white men and a woman, who had
made remarks about the American attacks. At about 3.00 am Mr Gharwall
was set upon and brutally beaten by the three men, leaving him
paralysed from the neck down. Three 25-year old men were arrested
An Egyptian journalist working for Al-Ahram,
Egyptian Daily, was at the American Embassy in London. He was
interviewing people in the queue for signing the condolence book.
A man and lady there almost tried to beat him up; he called the
police, who then asked him to leave. He was upset about this,
the police should have protected him and allowed him to continue
with his work.
Three pharmacy students in Hijab, Juman, Huda
and Zohra were on their way home from university. They were coming
out of West Harrow underground station at 5.00 pm on 5 October.
On their way down the stairs, they noticed a man going down, he
turned around and gave them a dirty look. They walked passed him
and he stayed behind them, as he was following them, he started
swearing, "You pakis, I'll cut you", and he gestured
to his throat. The girls were very frightened and ran away.
In Wembley, Middlesex, Mohammed, a 15 year old
student at Brondesbury College for boys in Brent was returning
from a prayer at 9.30 pm, on 13 September. He was in the car with
his mother and three sisters who were in Hijab. They stopped at
the traffic lights near Asda, a car pulled up at the lights next
to them, the driver started swearing and said, "Bomb America?
I'm going to bomb your fucking guts".
16 September, Harrow and Wealdstone a seven
year old boy was cleaning his dad's car and two white girls who
were neighbours, 12 and 13 year olds, told him "you are a
terrorist, you killed those people in America". The young
kid replied, "No I am not, no I am not" and he went
inside and told his mum. She went and asked these girls why they
were making those comments. They replied they were just joking.
On 19 September, Fatma, a Muslim woman and a
friend both in Hijab, were doing their shopping at Costco, Hertfordshire
at 12.30 pm. A white lady with her husband started looking at
them, and said, "You Arabs, you go back to your country,
you idiots, get out of this shop" she replied "This
is not your shop". They followed her down every aisle while
shopping, until she had paid at the checkout. The lady's husband
was telling her to keep quiet, but she was not listening.
Fatma was feeling very harassed, she said, "I
thought this would never happen to me, I was shocked. We just
ignored her." She did not want to go to the shop again.
Fatma, who works in Finchley, related the storey
to her colleagues. They suggested to her not to wear her Hijab
as they were worried about her.
A senior member of the mosque at 181 London
Road, Morden, Surrey, was verbally threatened, "I am going
to blow up this mosque, because you have blown up the buildings
in New York. Then you can go to heaven like your suicide bombers."
This area has a significant amount of BNP acitivity.
Muqbool Ahmed Khan of the mosque informed us that a gentleman
returned the following day to submit an apology. We were informed
of this attack: 27 September 2001.
On 18 October Sharmeen was sitting outside a
cafe in Gloucester Road, London, with two other Muslim sisters
in Hijab. It was 6.00 pm when a drunk, homeless man came up to
them and started shouting, saying things like, "Islam is
evil" and "you're evil". The girls didn't know
what to do so they just sat there hoping he would go away but
he kept at it. Then, an old English lady (about 80 years old)
who was sitting two tables away from them told him to leave them
alone, as they were just girls. He then proceeded to abuse her,
saying, "you **** off." She got up and went up to him
and again told him to go away, and said, "Islam is as good
a religion as any other, you leave them alone" and she prodded
him gently. He kept shouting at her but eventually walked off.
Sharmeen commented "I don't know what could
have happened if she hadn't come to our rescue. It was really
sad to see that it was not `men' who helped us but this old lady
who was then aplolgising to us about him."
Race-hate crime in the London Borough of Tower
Hamlets has increased by 72 per cent this September compared to
figures from September 2000. Of the 100 reported crimes, 17 were
marked as being related to the events of 11 September. The rise
in figures was somewhat expected, as following the atrocities
in the US, a vigorous campaign was in place urging members of
the minority ethnic community in Tower Hamlets and other majority
ethnic communities to report any incidents of hate crime. From
these figures, it would be difficult to determine whether there
had been an actual increase in race hate crime or whether the
rate had remained similar to previous years it is just that people
are now reporting the crimes where before they had not. Under-recorded
It is worth noting that this year's figures
for October have fallen 22 per cent in comparison to October 2000.
The Borough commander Chief Superintendent Rose Fitzpatrick said,
"we take all reports of race crime seriously and investigate
any allegation to us in a robust and sensitive way."
In a State Comprehensive Boys School in East
Finchley on the day of the attack, a television was on in the
6th form common room. As an instant reaction, Asian/Arab looking
people were all called "Terrorists", by white pupils,
they also muttered; "Bastards, we'll get them."
In Bushey, Hertfordshire, two Muslim women in
Hijab were walking on Wednesday 12 September in the morning, when
a car passed and white occupants shouted "you Muslims are
murderers", a second car passed, with similar comments being
Tuesday 11 September, a woman went to Doctor's
surgery, in the Harrow area, she was told by the receptionist
in front of everyone, "you Muslims have done this".
A 10-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl overheard
a conversation between some dinner ladies at a state Primary School
in Pinner on Wednesday 12 September. The dialogue consisted of
"Muslims are bad as they are killing people". When the
children relayed this to their parents that evening, their mother
was faced with the task of trying to explain to them that this
is not the case.
Britain's first state funded Islamic School:
Islamia Primary School, Brent, was forced to close, after thereatening
telephone calls since the incident in the USA on Tuesday 11 September.
Two other schools on the site, a secondary school and sixth-form
college for girls and in total around 500 pupils have been kept
at home since Wednesday 12 September. The school re-opened on
Monday 17 September. The School secretary wearing a Hijab was
verbally abused while out shopping.
A mother walking from the Islamia School to
the primary school encountered a car that slowed down and what
she described as "a man dressed in a suit" shouted,
"we'll get you, one by one."
In Tower Hamlets, East London, on Monday 17
September, a group of girls in Hijab, were spat on by some white
The Islamic Cultural Centre, (London, Regents
Park), has been receiving threatening e-mails reading, "you
go home", and "we'll kill you". The underground
car park was closed and 24-hour police protection has been put
On Thursday 13 September, at 3.00 pm there was
a bomb threat, which led to the evacuation of the mosque.
The week commencing 10 September, a Health Fair
was organised by the Health Authority in the mosque. On Wednesday
12 September, only 50 per cent of the 33 stallholders, who were
all non-Muslim, turned up, on Thursday 13 September, only a quarter
turned up. The reason given by the non-Muslims was that they were
afraid to attend, as they believed the mosque would be attacked.
On Friday 14 September at the Roman Catholic
School, St Alloisivs, in Islington, a 13-year-old boy was verbally
abused, "Your family has done this, what happened in America."
The boy complained to a teacher, who subsequently punished the
Sixth form students of Asian and Arab/European
parentage at the state Coomprehensive Boys School in East Finchley,
London were accused by white pupils of being "terrorists"
and they murmured "get those bastards".
At Highbury Girls' School in Islington, white classmates
insulted a 15-year-old girl in Hijab.
The Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park, which
also houses a mosque, closed as usual on Sunday 16 September at
9:30 pm. On Monday morning when the Centre opened they found a
window had been smashed with a bottle of alcohol. The incident
was reported to Islington police. The bottle remained intact and
was taken by the police for prints. The Centre runs training classes
for women in IT and dressmaking etc. with a usual turnout of around
35 sisters. Only seven turned up on Tuesday 18 September, and
those that came wanted to leave early. Fadi Itani, the Director
said, "The women were scared they would be assaulted as they
were wearing Hijab".
Thursday 13 September at 11.00 pm, a letter
was put through the letterbox of the Tooting Islamic Centre (
a commitee meeting was in progress); the letter read, "Shut
this shop or we will kill", signed "UK BA". A motorcyclist
dressed in black delivered it. Tooting police are now dealing
with the incident. At 1:20 am, the Secretary, Aniz Jussab received
a phone call at home from the police, informing him that the Islamic
centre's windows had been broken. Five different windows were
broken, air rifle pellets were found, so it is possible an air
rifle/gun of some sort was used. On Sunday evening, 16 September,
graffiti was daubed on the side of the mosque that read "Murdering
Bastards". Aniz Jussab said that they received formal reports
of two cases of women having their Hijab snatched off their head
and being spat on and having beer cans thrown at them.
One of the e-mails received by The Muslim News
related an incident in London's underground. On Friday 14 September,
"One of my work colleagues was on her way home on Wednesday
12 September. She was on the tube, Central Line heading eastbound
from Marble Arch. There was a gentleman on the tube who looked
as if he was from the Middle East as well as a Muslim, ie beard
and clothes. The majority of passengers on the train were being
very hostile and intimidating, constantly staring and muttering
at or about the gentleman. The gentleman initially faced the hostitliy
but eventually turned his head down and disembarked from the train.
In South Shields, the Al-Azhar mosque was damaged
by fire on Saturday 22 September. A passer by called the police.
Only one door was damaged, as the rest of the doors were guarded
with metal. "The Police have now installed CCTV", The
Muslim News was told by Abdul Ahmed from the mosque. This incident
followed the graffiti attack on a nearby wall "Avenge USAkill
a Muslim now."
Jamia Alavia Islamic Centre, on Bromwich Street
in the Haugh area of Bolton, Lancashire was set alight with a
petrol bomb. Two or three petrol bombs thrown against the building,
luckily as they had grills no one was hurt. Three huge windows
shattered, 20 people, included children, were praying Isha Prayers,
at 9:10 pm, Monday 17 September. Police have increased patrol
around the mosques. Faruq Mangera, Secretary of Bolton Council
of Mosques, was surprised and commented: "We have had a good
relationship with the white community and we never expected this.
There was no increased police security before this." When
the Muslim News told him that the Home Office had informed police
nationwide to increase patrols, he said, "The police never
approached me". The Manchester police have not apprehended
The Shah Jalaal mosque in Didsbury, Manchester,
on Monday 17 September had a firebomb through the letterbox; it
resulted with the carpet being burned. The firebrigade came, as
someone reported it.
On Sunday 16 September, Kwik-save in Levenshulme
was graffitied with the following: "Death to all MuslimsAllah
In Manchester, on Wednesday 12 September, a
lady teacher in Hijab was on a train, someone said; "Do you
think you will live until 9.00 pm tonight?"
Two weeks ago in Manchester, a Muslim woman
was asked to remove her Hijab by her employer, she refused saying,
"I am a Muslim and I will not remove my Hijab". However,
being a diligent and honest employee, she worked for two hours
unpaid overtime before leaving.
Again in Manchester, white youths set firecarckers
on random cars in parking lots of major supermarkets such as Asda.
In Blackpool, on Wednesday 12 September, a man
wearing a cap and a beard, was verbally abused "You scum,
In Peterborough a Sikh man in a newsagent was
being mistaken for a Muslim, and was verbally abused by white
In Milton Keynes, on Wednesday 12 September,
a Head teacher in a school assembly responded to a white student
who said the Israelis were responsible, by saying that it was
the Muslims that were to blame. Parents complained to the Head
teacher and the next day, a special assembly was called where
he apologised, and said; "one should not blame the Muslim
communtiy for attacks in the USA".
In Belfast on Friday 14 September, there was
an attack on an Islamic Centre. Three bricks were thrown at the
mosque in Wellington Park in the south of the city, smashing two
windows. No one was injured. Sinn Fein has condemned the incident.
The person in charge does not think the attack is racially motivated,
and said it was not unusual for the window to get broken.
The South Wales Police have noted and increase
in racist attacks since 11 September. On 5 October, the South
Wales Police Chief Constable Tony Burden said there had been a
clear increase in hate crimes in the region after the suicide
attacks. He added that 15 people have been arrested regarding
such incidents and crimes included attacks on mosques, verbal
abuse in the street and hate mail. Nearly 180 racist episodes
were reported to the police in September this year, compared with
128 in the same month last year.
Chief Constable Burden said: "The rise
in the number of attacks is due to the events in America and since
11 September, 60 attacks have in some way been connected with
the US terrorist atrocities," he said. "They include
assaults on mosques, and attacks on individuals, abusive language
and hate mail." We have followed every one of those incidents
and 15 people have been arrested across the force area for racist
Welsh Somalians, observing Hijab, suffered verbal
abuse from men in Cardiff streets, "Go Home". South
Wales Police said there had been an increase in the number of
racist incidents, though gave no details. Welsh secretary Paul
Murphy and Assembly Finance Minister Edwina Hart said these attacks
were no more justified than the acts of terrorism.
12 September, City Road Cardiff, in a Computer
Shop which belonged to an Iranian, Whites came into shop, and
said, "Go back to your country"
On 15 September, Swansea mosque and Islamic
community centre, in St Helen's Rd, had a brick thrown through
their window in the early hours. "Very lucky that no-one
was hurt and no-one was injured, police have increased their
patrols", said Director of Swansea Bay Racial Equality Council
Tahar Idris. He also gave an example of a 10-year-old Muslim girl
whose Hijab was ripped off by an adult outside school gates, on
Wednesday 19 September.
In Swansea, Muslim children were taunted in
In Swansea tonwn centre, on Thursday 13 September,
a lady in Hijab was verbally abused by an old British man who
said "you cruel Muslims." She did not reply, however
commented to the The Muslim News that she was horrified
for being blamed for something she did not do and that she condenms.
A Muslim mother and her children were alledgedly
chased into their home by a gang calling them terrorists and threatening
to bomb the property, it was claimed on 20 September.
Businessman Foyzul Bari, 47 said his family
were "shocked and shaken" after the gang of up to eight
men allegedly threatened to slit his wife's throat. Mr Bari rushed
back to his home, in Swansea, south Wales, fearing his family
were victims of a revenge attack. My wife was literally under
siege at home. Four men from a group of about eight were outside
screaming "terrorist" he said.
"They threatened to cut my wife's throat
and bomb our home. My eldest son called the police and then called
me. The police were there when I got home but all they did is
speak with the men in question for about five minutes. They drove
off bibbing their horn. When I asked them why they had not taken
any action they said they would have had to arrest my son as well,
which is ridiculous. As a Muslim I am used to some racism in the
street but this is a case of the police turning a blind eye. I
intend to complain in the strongest terms."
Inspector Bill John of Swansea police confirmed
that the incident and a complaint about the police response was
INFORMATION COMPILED BY THE MUSLIM NEWS
FROM OTHER SOURCES
Ten pigs' heads were left outside a mosque in
Essex. [The Guardian, 22 September 2001].
The windows of a new Sikh temple in Swindon
were smashed in what local police described as a suspected act
of vengeance after 11 September. [Swindon Evening Advertiser,
20 September 2001].
In Birmingham, a woman who had a newpaper picture
of the destruction of the WTC towers brandished in her face, was
attacked at a bus stop two days later by a skinhead who threw
beer in her face. [FAIR: 14 September 2001].
On September 15th in Birmingham City Centre,
a group of young Muslim men were attacked by a group of seven
men who wielded beer bottles at them. A fight broke out for about
five minutes, after which a smaller group made a second attack.
The police arrived 10 minutes after the attack had finished, and
were reluctant to help and take statements. They told the people
watching to go away, rather than questioning them as witnesses.
The police eventually took two statements, and one of the victims
had to demand to give a statement. The most severely injured was
a Muslim convert with a beard and turban. [FAIR].
A gang of men armed with knives, baseball bats,
CS spray and an imitation firearm were arrested in south London
after police received intelligence that they were about to attack
a mosque. [Evening standard, 2 October 2001].
By 7:30, On 11 September, the Muslim Council
of Britain had received hate mails with references `Islamic violence'.
[MCB newsleter, September 2001].
Toilets in Heathrow airport were daubed with
offensive graffiti, which read, "Death to Allah", "Muslims
scum", and "Kill Muslims". Saudi Arabian airline
staffs are suspected to be the targets of this grafitti. [The
Observer, 30 September 2001].
Sayed Ali, who lost a daughter in the WTC attacks,
is being targeted by racists in London, "I have received
a bad reaction in the streetgnashes of teeth, bad looks.
but they don't know I have lost a daughter". [Evening
standard, 29 September 2001].
A Muslim woman in Harrow was harassed by a taxi
driver, who stopped his taxi in the street, and shouted "You'll
pay for what you've done" [FAIR, 14 September 2001].
A Muslim convert wearing a head-scarf was verbally
abused by two other women, whilst walking her child in his buggy.
One of the tormentors said, "Fucking Muslims, I wish I could
shoot them all" [FAIR: 13 September 2001].
A woman was chased out of a newsagent in the
Elephant and Castle area in London by a group of men, whilst shouting
verbal abuse and attempting to rip off her head scarf. [FAIR:
13 September 2001].
Tooting Islamic centre received phone calldeath
threats on 13 September. Since then several windows have been
smashed with air pistols. Offensive graffiti was daubed on the
mosque walls. [FAIR: 13 September 2001].
Balaham Mosque reported an incident where two
Muslim women were assaulted on Tooting High Street. They were
spat at and had their scarves pulled off. [FAIR: 14 September
There was an arson attack on a maisonette in
London. The incident took place after midnight after the telephone,
power and alarm cable appear to have been deliberately cut. No
one was hurt, but it is believed the block was targeted because
it mainly housed Muslim families. After the attack religious hate
messages were written in the blackened walls. The resident of
the maisonette believes the attacks were linked to September the
11th. [FAIR: 14 September 2001].
An elderly man and his daughter were chased
by a group of young men near their home on an estate in Poplar,
East London. The men were chanting verbal abuse and pelting them
with missiles. [FAIR: 15 September 2001].
Two sisters of south Asian descent were attacked
by three girls outside Limehouse station, at about 4.00 pm. One
of the sisters was pulled to the ground kicked repeatedly and
punched. Several people passed by without intervening. The girl
suffered a fractured nose and bruising. [FAIR: 15 September
A young Muslim man with a beard was forced to
walk out of a bakery in Wood Green, where he works, after receiveing
verbal abuse from his colleagues. Statements such as "How's
your brotherOsama Bin Laden . . . We're going to get you
Islamic bastards . . . you're a bloody terrorist, I bet you've
got a bomb on you're body", were directed at him. [FAIR:
17 September 2001].
Abusive and threatening messages were left on
the answering machine of the Sound Vision Islamic shop. The incident
was reported to the police. [FAIR: 16 September 2001].
A mother collecting her child from the Avenue
school in North West London, which is a Muslim school, was approached
by two men shouting abuse at her. She had to sit and wait in the
car whilst the men carried on shouting from outside, until they
left her. [FAIR: 19 September 2001].
A woman wearing Hijab was harassed by four or
five young Asian men, whilst driving on Newham highway. They were
driving in a car beside her and spat at her car. They swerved
in front of her, slowing down then speeding up. They continued
to follow her as she turned off the dual carriageway and only
desisted when they observed her on the phone. [FAIR].
An Asian restaurant worker in Doncaster was
assaulted, and he and his colleagues were verbally abused. [Sheffield
Star: 18 September 2001]. www.niss.ac.uk/cr/uknews.html
120 Chinese and 34 Muslim gravestones were knocked
down in Everton cemetry, Liverpool.[ Liverpool Daily Post:
21 September 2001].
Asylum seekers in Liverpool clain they are suffering
more physical assaults and verbal abuse since the terrorist attacks
in Amercia. A meeting of Asylum Link Mersyside heard refugees
say there has been an increase in violence against them and that
they have growing fears about living in the city. Reza Mirdamadi,
an Iranian who has lived in Liverpool for many years and who works
with Asylum Link Merseyside, described attacks in Everton in recent
weeks. He said: "I have been shown bruises and cuts. One
lad said he was chased by eight youths armed with baseball bats
and knives." He added: "Asylum seekers walking around
on their own now say they are even more afraid of being harassed.
One said to me: `I am blessed. I have managed to dodge the sticks
and stones'. Another Iranian, Lili Shereif, who is waiting to
hear the outcome of her application for refugee status, said that
she had made many friends in the region who had shown her kindness,
but that she was becoming less confident when talking about her
Islamic faith. She said: "I feel the situation has got worse.
there were people outside Walton prison the other week with banners
saying: `How many more Bin Ladens are we going to let in?' I am
more fightened now to reveal that I am a Muslim from Iran. "The
meeting, held at the Friends Meeting House in Paradise Street,
was designed to dispel misconceptions about refugees and illustrate
the difficulties they face in their daily lives. Highlighted during
the meeting was the percieved harshness of the voucher system
and the plight of asylum seekers detained at Walton prison while
they wait for the outcome of applications for refugee status.
Chris Newsam, co-ordinator of Asylum Link Merseyside, organised
the meeting. He said: "I want to turn around the negative
images of asylum seekers and get people to think about them as
assets to the community". The charity recently recieved £27,000
form the Home Office Challenge Fund to set up a `mentor system'
to support asylum seekers in Liverpool. Superintendent Steve Smith,
head of Merseyside police community relations said: "We have
not reported a rise in the number of race related incidents since
the attacks in the US, but we are continuing to monitor communities
very closely and provide support and guidance wherever necessary."
A 20-year-old Bangladeshi man suffered a broken
jaw after being beaten and kicked by a gang of white youths.
On Friday 21 September, at 6:30 pm, in Manchester,
a 20-year-old woman was assualted on a Metrolink Tram near Heaton
Park Station. A man also on the tram approached her and struck
her with a blunt object causing her an injury that required hospital
treatment. Police are checking CCTV and liaising with public transport.
The suspect is a white male with short blonde hair in an orange
jacket. "You want killing for what you did in America."
This comment was quoted in The Guardian on 28 September,
however is not confirmed with the Police. Police do not believe
the attack is racially motivated as they are still making investigations.
A Muslim home and business in Lorraine Street,
Hull East Yorkshire was destroyed by an explosion in the early
hours of Monday, 19 November. Seheraz and Neelam Ghaforr, and
their two children are very lucky that they were out for the night
as the explosion and fire ravaged the building, destroying all
shop stock and family belongings. As a result, they have been
forced to move to Bradford, West Yorkshire, to stay with family.
The Police are treating the attack as racially motivated.
The Muslim Welfare house in Finsbury Park, North
London, received a lot of hate-mail, at the frequency of about
five or six letters a day. The letters started coming straight
after the events in September all the way until mid-December that
year when they stopped. They mainly consisted of newspaper cuttings
of the events, including one which read, "when we've finished
with Afghanistan, you will be next".
A week earlier, a mosque in Limehouse was burnt
down and completely devastated by an arson attack. Due to such
incidents Imams of the other mosques have been worried and afraid
of attacks on their mosques. The Imam of a mosque in Stepney Green
said, "People are starting to lose their confidence and are
stopping from coming here."
The Muslim comedienne, Shazia Mirza, whose act
focuses on aspects such as life as a Muslim woman, has cancelled
her appearances because she is afraid to go on stage.
In West Drayton, Middlesex, a house had an object
thrown through the window. The incident, which took place on Saturday
22 September at 9:17 pm, was not classified as an emergency call,
so the police did not attend the scene; a telephone report was
In a separate incident, Zohra was with a friend
at South Kingston underground station, on Wednesday 3 October.
It was 3.00 pm and on their way into the station, their ticket
got stuck in the machine. An older man in a suit spat at them,
his face was very red and he said, "Muslims are always getting
in my way, I hope they kill you and get you all."
Due to recent attacks, there has been a panic-buying
of bullet proof vests amongst Asian people in Edinburgh. Army-standard
vests are being bought in the capital, with one shopkeeper describing
customers as very "scared". The Leith army store on
Brunswick place, which last sold a vest more than two years ago,
has taken eight orders in just 10 days, after selling out its
The executive announced that it would make 1
million pounds available for improvement in security for the site
of ethnic community worship. Police forces are likely to carry
out crime prevention surveys, to identify the measures, CCTV systems
for example, are required.
Posters have been put up in Edinburgh threatening
Asian people with death if they refuse to leave the country. The
posters blame "immigrants" for the attacks and also
read: "All Asians be careful. I have spent last night witnessing
what you did. There is no way you can live in my country any longer.
I am warning you to leave now. This is racial hatred not out of
ignorance. You are a threat to me. If you remain here you will
Offensive chain letters have been sent to Muslim
Pupils at a Primary school in Glasgow. Glasgow City Council has
notified education officers, who have alerted the Islamic Centre
and Central Mosque, who have in turn warned Muslim communities
to ignore such letters.
Farhana Syed, 17-year-old student at Islamia
School, was walking to an Arabic lesson in East Hackney with her
younger sister when two black teenage boys on cycles pushed them
and hurled "islamophobic abuse", calling them names
like "Bin Laden". They grabbed her by the neck, took
her glasses and smashed a glass bottle over her head. She suffered
minor injuries and is now afraid to go out alone.
In February, there was an arson attack on Coventry
Cross Mosque in Bromley-By-Bow, where 15 adults and 30 children
were attending Arabic lessons at the time. Now one was hurt and
the damage was minimal.
Idara Taleem-ul-quran offices in Temple Park
Crescent, Polwarth, Edinburgh, had their windows smashed by racist
vandals on the 7th November. Lothian and Borders police believe
three men were involved. Hammers and steeel bars were believed
to have been used, with £800 work of damage caused. Four
weeks earlier the incident of smaller windows being smashed in
the offices, coincided with the start of the British and US attacks
on Afghanistan. Centre director, Abdul Hamid expressed his concerns,
that as a charity, they lacked funds to repair the inficted damage,
and added that these attacks fuelled the safety concerns of local
Lothian and Borders Police reported increased
incidents of racial hatred, where one third of racial attacks
can be linked to 11 September attacks. Incidents such as stone
throwing, vandalism, verbal abuse and graffiti attacks have increased.
An Asian woman was abused "Just for being Asian".
A man was arrested in an Indian restaurant for
shouting abuse at staff. An Asian family had graffiti daubed on
the door of their home in Wester Hailes.
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested for planting
a firebomb in a mosque in Annadale Street in Edinburgh. An Asian
run shop in the Firhall area of the city has also been the target
of a fire-raising attack.