The number of Muslims attacked in the English capital have more than tripled since the Paris attacks, new figures show.
The Met revealed that the week before the attacks on 13 November there were 24 recorded Islamophobic incidents. A fortnight later, this went up to 76.
Mussurut Zia from the Muslim Women’s Network UK told the BBC that the community was “fearful”, but people who represented other faiths had come forward in “solidarity”.
The force’s figures also showed the annual number of incidents had also increased, with the most reports relating to harassment.
In the 12 months up to October 2014 there were 576 incidents reported and these increased by almost 48% to 845 the following year.
Talking to the BBC, Ms Zia said:
We’ve had people coming forward and telling us about being avoided in the shopping mall, people refusing to sit next to them on the bus. Then you’ve got the physical aspect with coats and scarves being yanked… In terms of fear it’s increased since Paris.
She added that despite the community being concerned about the air strikes in Syria could increase the likelihood of them being targeted, she has been encouraged by the “support and solidarity” of other religions, adding “it’s a positive out of something so negative.”
The Met said they will be providing extra patrols and had more than 900 officers investigating hate crime. They added that it may be that there is a greater willingness to report Islamohobic attacks, but it remained “under reported” and “no one should suffer in silence”.
Saba Zaman – a documentary producer from London – says she has seen an increase in attacks against Muslim women since the terror attacks in Paris.
Three days after the shootings on November 13, a man allegedly spat at her and called her a “dog” as he got off a train. A few months before, she reported a more serious incident when a man grabbed her hijab.
Speaking to the BBC, she said it was the first time since the 7/7 bombings that she felt unsafe in her own city and other people had become “territorial” towards other Muslim women on public transport.
She added that she had intervened in another incident where a Muslim woman on the Tube was pushed and insulted for “wearing a ninja outfit”.
We can only hope this disgusting behaviour stops, as this is exactly want Isis wants. We need to unite and show solidarity during these testing times.