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Islamophobia

In light of the horrific attack in Westminster please find below a special issue of our newsletter. It includes some safety tips and advice. It also has advice on how to report Islamophobia should you experience any in the wake of the attack.

Whilst there is still speculation behind the motives of the attacker and while we await updates, unfortunately events like the attack in Westminster inevitably bring with it a backlash from more ignorant members of our society.

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CONTENTS
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1) General Safety Tips
2) Logging Islamophobic Incidents Locally
3) Logging Islamophobic Incidents Nationally

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1) General Safety Tips

While it is impossible to predict the effects of the attacks on the community here in the UK, as a precaution we have put online a general safety tips guide. This guide is much too long to list here. It is aimed at Muslim women but is advice applicable to all.

Some of the advice is overkill but is still a good general guide overall on safety.

Please click below for document entitled "General Safety Tips" to read online.

General Safety Tips. Or Right Click to Save to your computer.

(Please note this guide has not been produced by BMCS but merely sourced and forwarded for information purposes.)

Video Guides to defend from Hijab grab attacks:
Learn to defend against somone grabbing your hijab from behind.

Click here for guide

Learn to defend against someone grabbing your hijab from the front.

Click here for guide

Please also see picture guide on how to defend against Hijab grab attack.

Click here for link to guide.

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2) Logging Islamophobic Incidents Locally

If you have been or become a victim of any form
of Islamophobia or verbal or physical abuse it is very important
to log it to build up a record of statistics. It is important to record
it locally with SARI or other organisations and if serious also with
the Police.

Please click "Tackling Islamophobia Bristol" leaflet
about Bristol Initiative to tackle Islamophobia plus advice on
how to report it locally.

For those with visual impairment please click
"Islamophobia Leaflet Text" for a text only version that can
be read by Text to speech software. One clicked it will download to your computer.

Or right click either link above to Save to your computer.


Where To Report Incidences locally:

Please report to the Police in the first instance by ringing 101
iif not an emergency. Please also report to
SARI (Support Against Racism and Inequality) and any of
the other agencies listed.

These are taken from the leaflet above.

The Police - Call 101 - If an emergency response is not required.
The Police - Call 999 - If an emergency response is required.

SARI - 0800 171 2272 (freephone) or 0117 942 0060
or email: sari@sariweb.org.uk

BMCS (Bristol Muslim Cultural Society) –
Email: bmcs@bmcs.org.uk.

BMFF (Bristol Multi Faith Forum) –
Email: info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk.

Council of Bristol Mosques -
councilbristolmosques@gmail.com

Or please report to any other agency or organisation you feel comfortable contacting.

The most crucial one to report to is the Police. After that please report to any other agency you may feel is relevant to your situation.

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3) Logging Islamophobic Incidents Nationally

At a national level we would strongly encourage contacting:

At a national level we would strongly encourage contacting:
MEND and Tell Mama. Both organisations collect information regarding Islamophobia at a national lelvel.

MEND
http://mend.org.uk/

MEND Islamophobia Response Unit
http://mend.org.uk/report/

Tell Mama
http://tellmamauk.org/

Tell MAMA is a public service for measuring and monitoring anti-Muslim attacks.

Reports can be submitted at the following link:
http://tellmamauk.org/submit-a-report/

Please also read the following link for a summary of categories of abuse:
http://tellmamauk.org/about-us/

What are the classifications of attack?

Attacks are classified as follows:

1. Extreme Violence – i.e, a violent attack on a person / property
that has the potential to cause the loss of life or Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH).

2. Assault – i.e, a physical attack against a person which
does not pose a threat to their life and is not GBH. This includes
objects being thrown at someone, even if the object misses.

3. Damage and Desecration of Property –
i.e, this includes anti-Muslim graffiti being daubed
on Muslim property and damage to vehicles motivated by anti-Muslim hatred.

4. Threats – Any clear and specific threat, whether
physical, verbal or written. If the threat is not clear and
specific then the incident should be recorded as Abusive Behaviour.

5. Abusive Behaviour –
Verbal or written anti-Muslim abuse.

6. Anti-Muslim Literature –
Mass produced and mass mailed literature with anti-Muslim content.

 


 
 

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