Clips of incidents went viral on social media
hate crimes targeting that faith community must be treated as seriously as those targeting Jews and other communities+++
Recent videos showing anti-Muslim abuse on public transportation in the UK have renewed conversations about Islamophobia, its consequences, and how to deal with a spike in attacks that target followers of Islam.
In mid-October, a woman on a London bus launched a profanity-laced tirade at a pregnant Muslim passenger, threatening to kick her in the stomach and harm her unborn child. In another incident, a 25-year-old man verbally abused an elderly Muslim passenger on a packed bus in north London and threw his walker onto the pavement.
Clips of these incidents went viral on social media just as Metropolitan police announced that anti-Muslim attacks in London had increased by 70% from July 2014 to July 2015. According to Tell MAMA, an organization that monitors Islamophobic attacks, Muslim women are most often the targets of this type of abuse, which often occurs online. Tell MAMA’s most recent report, “We…
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