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‘Islamophobia has become mainstream’, says new report

Issue No. 2489

Marching against racism and Islamophobia last year

Marching against racism and Islamophobia last year (Pic: Guy Smallman)

The Prevent strategy is “undermining children’s rights to freedom of thought”, according to a new report by the Institute of Race Relations.

Prevent forces public sector workers to spy for signs of “radicalisation”.

Where religious affiliation data was collected, some 57 percent of children referred in 2012-13 were Muslim.

The report explains, “The context for Prevent is the increase in racist violence and extremely negative stereotypes of Muslims.

Islamophobia has become more mainstream, with nearly one-third of young children believing Muslims are taking over England and over a quarter believing that Islam encourages terrorism.”

The Telegraph newspaper attacked parent Ifhat Smith and Prevent Watch activist Haras Ahmed Sunday. Haras told Socialist Worker, “The media didn’t say anything other than that we are activists.

“They are now aligning the word ‘activist’ with ‘terrorist’, because they feel their policy is being undermined.

“They want Muslims to kow-tow. But my message to those who are afraid is, democracy tells us we should speak out.”

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