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London: Amidst a surge in Islamophobic hate crimes and attacks across the UK, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has launched new guidance to offer support to Muslim community organizations. It also urged the UK government to show its commitment to tackling Islamophobia and offer real and meaningful protection.

In the wake of protests against Israel’s aggression in the besieged Gaza Strip, the UK is witnessing a surge in Islamophobic hate crimes.

The recent incident at Apex Primary School, catering to pupils between three and eleven years old, received a handwritten letter threatening to “kill everyone there.” Local MPs and councilors have condemned the crime, noting the letter’s chilling reference to the Israeli bombardment of Gaza and the celebration of the tragic killing of innocent children.

The MCB said that the failure to provide immediate funds by the Home Office for Muslim communities adds another layer of concern, as funds for the Protective Security of Mosques Scheme for 2023–24 have not yet been allocated. These incidents, including the evacuation of the East London Mosque due to a credible bomb threat and a threatening letter sent to a primary school in London, underscore the critical need for intervention.

Expressing deep concern, Zara Mohammed, Secretary-General of the MCB, said: “The unprecedented scale of Islamophobia and targeted attacks on Muslim communities is truly alarming. The threats to young people at a primary school and even towards mosques show just how deep-seated hatred towards Muslims sadly is. It is also worrying to see the disparity in how hate crimes are addressed among different faith groups, which only further contributes to the dehumanization of Muslims.

In response to this pressing need, the MCB has launched new guidance to offer support to Muslim community organizations. We urge the government to show its commitment to tackling islamophobia and offer real and meaningful protection.”

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