- Stand Up To Racism Harlow sends solidarity message to Northbrooks Mosque after arson attack.
- The group urges people to condemn similar attacks targeting Muslims and refugees.
- Harlow’s Muslim community expresses shock and disappointment over the racially aggravated incident.
A British anti-racism group has sent a message of solidarity to the Muslim community after a recent hateful attack that targeted the Northbrooks Mosque in Harlow, Essex.
In a post on Facebook, the group condemned the disturbing attack, saying it is the result of years of anti-Muslim racism.
“Stand up to Racism Harlow wishes to send our solidarity to the community of Northbrooks Mosque following last week’s arson attack,” the group’s post read.
“We can only imagine how frightening and disturbing this must have been. If there is any practical way we can help please let us know.
“Such attacks are the consequence of a government that has regularly pushed racism since it took power.”
Harlow’s Muslim community has expressed shock and disappointment over the arson attack on Northbrook mosque, which is being investigated as a racially aggravated incident.
The attack occurred last Tuesday evening, leading to the arrest of two teenage boys who have since been released on bail.
No Place for Hate
Asserting that there is no place for hate or prejudice in the community, the group urged people to take their lead and condemn similar attacks targeting Muslims and refugees.
“Whether using Islamophobia to justify its disastrous interventions in the Middle East or the scapegoating of refugees to distract from its failings on the economy, racism has been its weapon of choice,” it added.
“So we must all condemn racist incidents like the shameful attack on Northbooks mosque.”
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in anti-Muslim hate crime in the UK.
According to a 2022 survey by Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND) and Muslim Census, 42 percent of mosques or Islamic institutions have experienced religiously motivated attacks in the last three years.