Figures are out. Islamophobia is officially on the rise in the West. All this anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric from the far-right and right parties has now bore fruit. Large number of Muslims in London & the rest of UK have reported in the past year of being harassed and attacked because of their religion.
Hundreds of Muslims especially women have reported harassment on the street because of their religious beliefs. This is just the number of crimes that have been reported. The sad reality is most crimes go unreported! Women have reported being spat on, their hijabs being ripped off, pushed and shoved, called a terrorist and even punched and kicked!
This is not surprising considering far right parties have been on the rise in Europe in the last few years. Their rhetoric has mostly been very anti-Muslim.
Emma Khan, owner of a very popular Hijab Shop in UK, told us that despite this harassment, she has had more customers this year than any other year. This is a positive sign that people haven’t given into the politics of fear and violence