LONDON - Warning about the increasing scale of anti-Muslim attacks, a leading Islamic organization has urged the British government to take serious national response to attacks against Muslims and mosques.
"Following the events in Woolwich there has been a significant increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes across the UK, Farooq Murad, the leader of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), told the BBC on Monday, July 22.
"The community has patiently borne the brunt of these attacks despite condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the tragic murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.
Suffering from an "unprecedented escalation of violence" since Fusilier Lee Rigby's killing in May, the organization said people were living in fear.
The number of anti-Islamic attacks has increased as much as tenfold in the days that followed the Woolwich murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.
Tell Mama project, which monitors anti-Muslim attacks in Britain, has also reported 212 anti-Muslim incidents after the Woolwich attack.
The figure included 11 attacks on mosques, in a series manifestation of anti-Muslim sentiments.
Last month, the remains of a home-made explosive device were found on June 22 in an alleyway adjoining the Aisha Mosque and Islamic Centre in Rutter Street.
The earlier incident, in which no one was injured, forced the overnight evacuation of around 150 people from their homes in the surrounding area.
Murad said the suspected bomb attacks on mosques marked "the crossing of a red line".
"Had these bombs exploded, people would have been killed," he said.
"There is an urgent need for the government and police to respond with a coordinated national strategy so as to prevent further attacks.
Britain is home to a Muslim community of nearly 2.7 million.
Living in Fear
The MCB said an increase in attacks nationwide must be met by "an urgent, coordinated national response by politicians, police and domestic security services."
Despite this spike in incidents, there has yet to be a coordinated national effort to ensure that these sorts of attacks never happen again, Murad said.
"It cannot be right that a minority community is allowed to be targeted in this manner."
Being targeted in their homes and mosques alike, British Muslims were living in fear.
"For many Muslim communities across this country, there is a palpable sense of fear.
While the local police are doing all they could to investigate these incidents, the national response has been far from satisfactory."
The increasing attacks were condemned earlier by Home Secretary Theresa May who said she was "shocked and sickened" by the attacks on mosques in the West Midlands.
"The West Midlands Police have my full support in their on-going investigation. I have spoken with Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale and I have asked that I am kept up-to-date with the latest developments.
"The Security Minister James Brokenshire will also be visiting Birmingham on Tuesday to meet those who have been directly affected.
"What happened in the West Midlands is a reminder that terrorism affects people of all backgrounds. Just as we saw people coming together to denounce Woolwich, so we must come together and stand firm against extremism whatever form it takes," May said.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net