A new report finds that about 35 percent of British people think that Islam is a threat to the British way of life in the wake of 2017 terrorist attacks and that anti-Semitism on the political left is an increasing issue in the U.K.
The anti-fascist group Hope Not Hate’s annual “The State of Hate” report, published Monday (Feb. 18), based on a survey of 10,383 Brits conducted in July last year, found that anti-Muslim prejudice has hardened in the past eight years and, among far-right groups, supplanted fears of increasing immigration.
Among Britons who voted for the center-right governing Conservative Party in 2017, nearly half — about 49 percent — agreed that Islam threatens British culture in the more recent study. About 22 percent of those who support Britain’s main opposition Labour Party agreed.
Police have launched an investigation after racist anti-immigration propaganda was found plastered on people’s front doors. Residents in St Ives, reported the stickers to police on Monday morning after spotting them in the windows of their homes and lampposts in the Cambridgeshire town. Pictures of the stickers show messages including: ‘Beware of rape gangs’ and ‘Mass immigration is white genocide’.
Other stickers said: ‘Diversity means no white countries, cities, neighbourhoods or people.’ and ‘Second generation? Third, fourth? You have to go back.’
A report has found that the British army allowed soldiers to shoot and kill unarmed civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan for activities defined as suspicious such as those holding a mobile telephone or a shovel.
An investigation by the Middle East Eye established that British soldiers killed a number of children and teenage boys suspected of keeping them under surveillance, the online news outlet reported Monday.
It quoted two former soldiers as saying that troops in southern Iraq were told “they had permission to shoot anyone seen holding a mobile telephone, carrying a shovel, or acting in any way suspiciously.”
The decision came in part due to concerns that unarmed people were acting as spotters, known to all of the former soldiers as “dickers,” for militants or were involved in planting roadside bombs, the report said.
Metropolitan Police are reviewing a video that appears to show a West Ham supporter directing anti-Muslim abuse at Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.
In the mobile phone footage, which circulated on social media on Wednesday, an unidentified West Ham fan can be heard insulting Salah about his Muslim faith as the Liverpool forward prepared to take a corner during Monday’s 1-1 draw in the Premier League between the teams at London Stadium.
West Ham were made aware of the video by the Football Association and have launched their own investigation into the incident.
“We are aware of a video in which it appears racial abuse is being directed at a player at a West Ham vs. Liverpool game at London Stadium on Monday, Feb. 2,” Metropolitan Police said in a statement issued to ESPN FC. “Officers are in the process of reviewing the footage.
“No arrests have been made and enquiries continue. Anyone who witnesses inappropriate behaviour during a match is urged to bring it to the attention of a steward or police officer.”
A West Ham spokesperson added: “At West Ham United, we have a zero tolerance policy to any form of violent or abusive behaviour.
“We are an inclusive football club. Regardless of age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or disability, everyone is warmly welcomed at London Stadium.
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