Socialist Worker

Fight back as Islamophobia surges from scapegoating

Issue No. 2481

Anti-racists are getting organised to combat the increased Islamophobia faced by Muslims.

In east London over 100 people gathered for a meeting organised by Stand up to Racism (SUTR), University of East London Students’ Union and the Muslim charity Mend.

Jamal, a student at Newham college, told Socialist Worker, “I’m a Muslim, I’ve seen Muslims harassed, especially women and this needs to be addressed. It’s important to meet like this to talk about what to do.

Speakers included former Guantanamo prisoner Moazzam Begg. He said that politicians “time and time again want to put a wedge between us” and tell Muslims they don’t belong in Britain.

“They want to break our will,” he said—but was defiant that they could be stopped.

Weyman Bennett from SUTR said, “Attacks on Muslims are an attack on us all.”

Khalid, a student, told Socialist Worker, “Muslims are sometimes seen as no more than animals. It’s great to see non-Muslims supporting us. I’m surprised and grateful. It’s given me confidence.”

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