Recent events in the UK highlight the island’s Islamophobia problem:
The vandals used white paint to write “Lee Rigby murder”, “white power” and drew swastikas on four gravestones at Christchurch Cemetery.
They also wrote the initials of the British National Party (BNP), the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the National Front (NF).
People visiting nearby graves spoke of their disgust and shock at seeing the painted messages, which were still wet this morning.
Pig heads being left in front of Muslim homes.:
Members of the Ditta family were sickened to discover the pig heads on their front and back doorstop at their home in the Bolton area of the city.
They later found another two in a bag, placed in bushes.
The family, who are Muslims, have been living in the city for decades but have never been the target of racism in all those years.
Sohia Ditta, 34, said she was not a devout Muslim and it was the “idiotic mentality” of the culprit to assume that she would be offended to discover a pig’s head on her doorstep.
Although not particularly offended, she did find it stomach-churning. “It’s racism,” she said. “They are assuming we are going to be offended – the idiotic mentality. And they are assuming it is going to scare us. But you can’t put all Muslims in the same box – we are not all offended by pigs.
“This is clearly a racist attack. Someone thought we would be offended by some pig heads because Muslims don’t eat pork.
“I think some Muslim families would have been more distraught than us. I was more offended by the smell and germs, than the fact it was a pig.”
Miss Ditta believes the incident may have been a reaction to the murder of soldier Lee Rigby on May 22 in London.
“My family have lived in Bradford for over 60 years and have never had this type of racism thrown at us. It is clearly a reaction to the awful murder of the soldier in Woolwich.”
The family contacted police and were told by a civilian employee that it was an “isolated” incident.
But after talking to neighbours Miss Ditta’s father Mansoor discovered that another Asian family had found a pig’s head on their doorstep at around the same time as them.
Pork products are still all the craze with Islamophobic vandals.:
A man has appeared in court accused of throwing bacon and sausages onto a mosque in Cricklewood.
Alexis Garner, of Anson Road, Cricklewood, is charged with racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress.
The 31-year-old is claimed to have thrown the pork products over a fence into the Mosque and Islamic Centre in Howard Road.
He appeared before Hendon Magistrates Court yesterday and was bailed to return to court on Thursday.