CAIRO - Despite of Muslim condemnations, a machete killing in London has sparked a wave of revenge attacks against the Muslim community and their worship places in Britain, The Guardian reported Thursday, May 23.
"We absolutely condemn what happened in Woolwich, but it had nothing to do with us, Sikander Saleemy, the secretary of a mosque in Braintree, Essex, told Channel 4 News
It was an appalling act of terror - but it wasn't Islamic in any way.
I wish it wasn't described like that, because sadly people will now start to blame Muslims."
An army cadet was killed Wednesday in Woolwich, south London, by two machete-wielding Britons.
Local media said that the attackers are Muslim converts from Christian immigrant backgrounds.
The main Muslim organization, the Muslim Council of Britain, has condemned the attack as contradicting the basic teachings of Islam.
However, a series of attacks were reported against mosques in the wake of the machete killing.
A man was arrested for attempting to set a mosque in Braintree on fire.
The police said it's too early to try and link it to what happened in Woolwich, but those of us who were here feel that it was some sort of revenge attack. It was clear from the man's behavior, Saleemy said.
Another man was arrested for attempting to attack another mosque in the area.
A mosque in Canterbury Street also sustained damage after an attack.
Earlier, the MCB has raised concern that the London attack would fuel anti-Muslim sentiments in Britain.
This action will no doubt heighten tensions on the streets of the United Kingdom, the umbrella group said.
We call on all our communities, Muslim and non-Muslim, to come together in solidarity to ensure the forces of hatred do not prevail.
Far-rightists seized on the machete attack to accelerate their campaigns against Islam and Muslims.
"Our next generation are being taught through schools that Islam is a religion of peace. It's not. It never has been, Tommy Robinson, leader of the far-right English Defence League, said.
What you saw today is Islam. Everyone's had enough. There has to be a reaction, for the government to listen, for the police to listen, to understand how angry this British public are."
Chanting anti-Islam slogans, scores of EDL supporters took to the streets of Woolwich following the attack and clashed with the police.
Far-right groups like the EDL and the British National Party (BNP) are playing the card of immigration to stoke sentiment against Muslims and immigrants.
Earlier, British Prime Minister David Cameron also distanced Islam from the London killing.
It was also a betrayal of Islam and of the Muslim communities who give so much to our country, he said.
There is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act."
Britain's 2.7 million Muslims have taken full brunt of anti-terror laws since the 7/7 attacks.
A Financial Times opinion poll showed that Britain is the most suspicious nation about Muslims.A poll of the Evening Standard found that a sizable section of London residents harbor negative opinions about Muslims.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net