(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Members of the public should challenge casual racism, standing up to those who verbally or physically abuse others on the basis of their faith or ethnicity, Jeremy Corbyn has said.
Speaking at a service at Finsbury Park mosque to mark two weeks since the north London terror attack in which one person died and several others were injured, the Labour leader said all forms of racism and discrimination should be challenged at all times.
He drew attention to “what is unfortunately called ‘casual racism’, when Muslim women on buses, when Muslim women on trains are abused and no one challenges it”.
Corbyn said: “They’re isolated, they’re alone, they’re frightened – and the result will be they’re probably afraid to go out in the future. It is a question of not just declaring today our strength of community and unity, [but] our ability to do that every day, all the time, if we want to live in the decent non-racist society that we all crave.”
Police in Manchester and London registered surges in anti-Muslim hate crime in the immediate aftermaths of the Manchester Arena bombing and the London Bridge attack.
Two Muslim cousins in east London were attacked with acid on 21 June, two days after the Finsbury Park attack, in what police later designated as a hate crime. Jameel Muhktar and Resham Khan suffered severe burns and life-changing injuries.
Other examples include Naveed Yasin, a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon who helped save the lives of people injured in the Manchester attack, who was racially abused and called a terrorist on his way to work at Salford Royal hospital, and women having their head scarves ripped from their heads or being spat at.
The Met police said they had recorded 1,260 incidents of hate crime in the 12 months to March, compared with 343 incidents in the 12 months to March 2013.