TEHRAN, May 30, YJC - The enhancement of racist attacks to Muslims are rooted in Islamophobia.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -
The number of racist attacks to Muslims in Manchester reported to police has increased since the Manchester terrorist incident, according to Al-jezira. Just two days after the incident in Manchester, 56 racist attacks to the Muslims have been recorded indicating a significant increase compared with 28 ones in the past two days.
At least 22 people are dead and dozens more injured in
a terrorist attack at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande in the
English city of Manchester,on May 22, 2017.
Besides the the significant increase of racist attacks in Manchester, some victims of the attack are found to avoid reporting police. For instance, according to Times newspaper, in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack, a Mohammad Ala of Metropolitan University notes that the number of racist treatments against Muslims exceeds of what has been reported so far, for the victims are fearful about reporting such cases of harassment.
Yet what is contradictory is that whereas the Muslims have condemned the very terrorist attacks and sympathized with the grieving victim families, the racist harassment to the Muslim has enhanced. They have even actively participated in raising money for the victim families, running a "Muslims for Manchester” campaign to collect at least an amount of $65000 for them.
The campaign message publicized is "We wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action”.
Yet there are concerns that such sympathetic actions are of ephemeral effectiveness and not enough to confront racists harassment against the Muslims. What is clear in this path is the enhancement of hatred crimes against the Muslims in Manchester after the very terrorist incident in the city.
To mention an instance of the racist attacks to the Muslims, Times wrote that in the wake of the terrorist attack in Manchester, a Muslim bank clerk was labeled as terrorist and on the wall of a house in north of the city a racist word was written.
Also, Fawzi Haffar (picture below), trustee of the Manchester Islamic Centre in Didsbury, where Salman Abedi, the Manchester Arena bomber, is understood to have prayed, said: "We are concerned about reports we are receiving about anti-Muslim acts. These are terrible anti-Muslim acts ranging from verbal abuse to acts of criminal damage to mosques in the area and outside the area. We do encourage any incidents to be reported as a hate crime.”
Mohammed Ullah, Muslim chaplain at University of Manchester, said that he had heard reports of a Muslim girl being spat at and another Muslim person being told to "go home”. An arsonist attacked a mosque in Oldham, Greater Manchester, shortly after the atrocity. "We hear reports but many people are very scared to talk about the problem or they don’t want to cause a fuss,” Ullah told the Guardian. "We receive reports but I think incidents are under-reported.”
It is clear that such racist behaviors toward Muslims are rooted in Islamophobia escalated by Zionists who try to turn fearing Muslim into Islamophobia. Runnymede Trust institute, a research center in Britain dealing with discrimination and hatred in the country, defines Islamophobia as either fear and hatred toward Islam or fear and hatred towards all of Muslims.
After 11 September terrorist attacks, Islamophobia was highly exploited, and now with the British government exiting EU (Brexit) the trend of attacking Muslims in the country has increased.
No doubt, the terrorist attacks have reinforced Islamophobia in West and heightened the extend of far-right parties’ influence in such a way that Islamophobia has turned to a pattern of racial discrimination against Muslims.