Muslim community meets to raise concerns over growing anti-Muslim violence

Imams and religious scholars from hundreds of Muslim organisations will gather in Birmingham on Saturday, 23rd January to discuss the rise in Islamophobia and anti-Muslim attacks in the UK and across Europe. We are pleased to announce that Wes Streeting, President of the National Union of Students and Salma Yaqoob, Birmingham City Councillor will be present and take part in the meeting.

Convened by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), the meeting will note with deep regret and concerns that Islamophobia is becoming largely acceptable and tolerable due to the silence from our political leaders and by some sections of the media. This further enhances the legitimacy to ignore the concerns of the British Muslim community and increases the possibility of more anti-Muslim violence. Due to the lack of any clear policy or directive by the government, it has emboldened the far right groups, who are now increasingly targeting Muslims and their places of worship with virtual impunity.

MCB press release, 22 January 2010