British policy fuels environment of hate for Muslims

The policies of the British government have had an adverse impact on many British Muslims, with some fearing that the anti-radicalization is fueling hate and suspicion

British policy fuels environment of hate for Muslims

World Bulletin / News Desk

The British Government policies, in particular those that are linked to security and extremism, are having a "negative impact" on British Muslims, a campaign body's report says, according to a report in the BBC.

More than 60% of the 1,782 respondents to the report from the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) said they felt politicians did not care about them.

Some 56% said they had experienced verbal abuse, and 18% had faced physical assault.

The Home Office said it was committed to combating "anti-Muslim hatred".

Other results show that 59% believed political policies had a negative impact in their life. A smaller study by the organisation in 2010 recorded nearly a third of people as saying this.

In the latest survey, more than half (58%) said they had been treated with suspicion by society, while 93% said they had seen negative stereotypes of Muslims portrayed in the media.

The research, which was not conducted in the same way as standard opinion polls, also included in-depth interviews with 50 people.

British convert reported to authorities

A white Muslim convert Iman19, was supected by her college that she may have been radicalised and reported her under the government's counter-extremism policy, Prevent.

"I converted two weeks before Ramadan started and decided I was going to start wearing the hijab, so I let my college know I'd be fasting just to ease them into it," she said.

"I guess that was enough for them to contact Prevent.

"Maybe they thought I was in ISIL or running away to Syria, I don't know what went through their mind.

"Obviously they were concerned, thought the worst and Muslim stereotypes were pushed on me.

"I don't think they are doing that for people who become Christian, Hindu and Jewish - or atheists, even. Why is it just Islam?

"After I was reported I had a meeting with officers in which they questioned me about my views and beliefs.

"When they were satisfied I wasn't at risk, they tried to recruit me to work with them.

"I can't be a Muslim girl who is just trying to get an education, work and do normal things.

"I've either got to help fight radicalisation or I am becoming radicalised.

"There is no middle ground, I can't just be a normal Muslim. I have to be on one [end of the] spectrum or the other."


Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Kasım 2015, 10:22