PRESS TV, London
A UK based anti-racism activist has launched a new campaign this month seeking to pressure Westminster into finally defining Islamophobia. Maz Saleem has actively fought against Islamophobia ever since her own father was murdered in an infamous racist terrorist attack in Birmingham eight years ago. The campaign is named after her father Mohammed Saleem, yet British media still refuse to describe him as a victim of a terror attacker.
The daughter of a Muslim who was murdered by a white supremacist as he walked home from his local mosque has launched a campaign demanding the UK government finally adopt an Islamophobia definition.
Maz Saleem, whose father Mohammed Saleem was killed by a Neo-Nazi terrorist eight years ago, has launched the campaign to highlight Islamophobic hate crimes and force the definition back on the government’s agenda.
The campaign includes an online hashtag #IAmMohammedSaleem which others can use to post testimonies exposing how dangerous Islamophobia is becoming.
Sadly, Mohammed Saleem is not the only victim. In 2015, 81-year old Muhsin Ahmed was killed by two men in a racially-motivated attack in Rotherham. And in 2017, Makram Ali was killed during the Finsbury Park terror attack during the holy month of Ramadan.
In 2018, an all party parliamentary group issued a report on anti-Muslim prejudice which urged the government to define Islamophobia, so far, the government has refused to do so.
Islamophobic attacks and racist verbal abuse are becoming very normalized here in Britain. For some Muslims, it has become practically an everyday occurrence. But if the government won’t even acknowledge that Islamophobia is a form of hate, stopping future attacks or providing justice to victims is all the more difficult.