Anti-Muslim hate crimes at highest level says new report by monitoring group
By Barfi Culture Team
23rd July 2018

Hate-crimes against British Muslims are likely at their highest level since they were being recorded, according to an annual report out today.

Tell MAMA, which monitors hate-crimes against Muslims, recorded a total of 1,330 reports of such hate crimes in 2017, the highest since it started collecting statistics.

Its annual report also said that at a street level, nearly 6 out of 10 victims of anti-Muslim hate were women, and 8 in 10 of the perpetrators were male. This confirmed previous findings that anti-Muslim hate at a street level was mostly "male on female abuse" it said.

Tell MAMA's recorded figures are generally higher than that of police as it also records hate-crimes that have not been reported to the police. Though it encourages victims to do so.

Its annual report also states:

- There was a 56% increase in anti-Muslim vandalism when compared with 2016, with one in ten ‘real-world’ incidents being classed as vandalism.

- There had been a marked shift towards more serious offline incidents such as physical attacks, threatening behaviour and abuse.

- It recorded a spike in hate-crimes against Muslims of 700% in the week following the Manchester Arena attack on 22 May 2017.

Its director Iman Atta OBE wrote: "The fact is that manufacturing anti-Muslim hate has become a lucrative business for some, is sadly here to stay and will continue to have real-world impacts in our country."

Its report also makes a series of recommendations for businesses, educational authorities and social media companies to tackle hate-crimes and abuse.

The report was also welcomed by MPs from across parties.

Tell MAMA Annual report: Summary | Full report

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