Attacks on Muslims in the United Kingdom

A new report dedicated to a British politician assassinated after promoting religious diversity finds a sharp rise in anti-Muslim attacks in the United Kingdom. There were 437 incidents of anti-Muslim hatred recorded in 2015, up from 146 the year before. They included assault and verbal abuse, according to data from the organization Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks). The report, released on June 29, was dedicated to the memory of Jo Cox, a member of Parliament who was killed on June 16. Her death came just days ahead of a British vote to leave the European Union, following a campaign fueled by anti-immigrant sentiment that Tell MAMA said has had a negative impact on Muslims. Tell MAMA recorded a spike in incidents against Muslims after the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13. Overall, Muslim women were more likely than men to be attacked, while white men were most often identified as the perpetrators of abuse.

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