UK Muslims Claim “Massive Backlash” and “Endemic Fear” Caused by 120 Internet Posts

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Some days I experience a backlash just as massive as that. And I get through it without all the “endemic fear”. But UK Muslims are fragile souls who, when they aren’t chopping away at a prone soldier, fold into the fetal position and weep helplessly when someone says a nasty thing about them on the internet.

Fiyaz Mughal runs a project called Tell Mama, which receives £214,000 a year from the Government to monitor anti-Muslim attacks in Britain. In the wake of Drummer Lee Rigby’s murder, he has been understandably busy.

There has, said Mr Mughal, been “a wave of attacks, harassment, and hate-filled speech against Muslims … an unprecedented number of incidents”, including “a rise in street harassment of Muslims – unprovoked, opportunistic attacks from strangers as Muslims go about their lives”.

He added: “Over the past week or so, these sorts of hate crimes have noticeably increased in number and, in many instances, become more extreme.

“The scale of the backlash is astounding … there has been a massive spike in anti-Muslim prejudice. A sense of endemic fear has gripped Muslim communities.”

Yes, I hear there was an attempt to detonate a series of bombs in mosques… no wait, that was something Muslims did. Also there was the time that two Brits ran down a Muslim and began to saw off his head in the name of… no wait, those were things Muslims did to Brits.

But okay how high a scale has the massive backlash and wave of attacks and endemic fear been taking place on?

Talk of a “massive anti-Muslim backlash” has become routine. And it is that figure issued by Tell Mama – of, to date, 212 “anti-Muslim incidents” since the Woolwich murder – which has formed the basis of nearly all this reporting.

Yet the unending “cycle of violence” against Muslims, the unprecedented “wave of attacks” against them from strangers in the street, the “underlying Islamophobia in our society” – all turn out to be yet more things we thought we knew about Woolwich that are not really supported by the evidence.

Tell Mama confirmed to The Sunday Telegraph that about 120 of its 212 “anti-Muslim incidents” – 57 per cent – took place only online. They were offensive postings on Twitter or Facebook, or comments on blogs: nasty and undesirable, certainly, but some way from violence or physical harm and often, indeed, legal. Not all the offending tweets and postings, it turns out, even originated in Britain.

So most of these “incidents” consisted of people, probably many of them Americans, posting things on the internet.

Last November, the cross-bench Asian peer, Baroness Flather, told a newspaper it was “pointless for the Conservatives to chase Muslim votes. They are all on benefits and all vote Labour”. Tell Mama added this remark to its database as an “anti-Muslim incident.”

But there are different kinds of benefits. There’s the regular dole and there’s Fiyaz’s £214,000 government Islamophobia dole. Oops, I think I just made another “incident”.

So how much of this “massive backlash” that spread “endemic fear” and bouts of kameez wetting actually involved anything physical?

Fewer than one in 12 of the 212 “incidents” reported to Tell Mama since Woolwich – 17 cases (8 per cent) – involved individuals being physically targeted.

Right. And reportedly none of the incidents involved head chopping. That only goes the other way. Wow, another incident. Better add that to the total.

Six people had things thrown at them, said Mr Mughal, and most of the other 11 cases were attempts to pull off the hijab or other items of Islamic dress.

The sort of thing you would encounter at school.

The Telegraph has been unable to find a single confirmed case since Drummer Rigby’s death where any individual Muslim has received an injury requiring medical treatment.

Tell Mama’s Twitter feed reported one such incident, of a Muslim woman “knocked unconscious” in Bolton, but the local police said they had no knowledge of this and did not believe it happened.

Maybe she was knocked unconscious by a particularly harsh Facebook post?

Mr Mughal is in no doubt what lies behind it all. As he told a newspaper: “I do not see an end to this cycle of violence. There is an underlying Islamophobia in our society and the horrendous events in Woolwich have brought this to the fore.”

I think Mr. Mughal suffers from Anglophobia. Maybe someone should see if they can score a few hundred thousand pounds of gov money to assemble a Twitter feed of Muslim Anglophohic “incidents”.

  • RUI

    I said it before and say it again: let's re-lable this false crisis "Islamophonia".

  • RUI

    The "anti-Muslim backlash (TM)" is coming. The streets are running red with violent tweets and Facebook posting-decapitations on every street corner. Anti-Muslim watch groups are cowering all the way to the bank.

    That's tomorrow's headlines in a nutshell.

    • Drakken

      The day of muslims running for their lives is coming, the more they cry Wolf, the less sympathy and empathy the savages are going to garner.

  • Edward Cline

    In Richard Sheridan's very funny play, "The Critic," the character Mr. Puff lists about a dozen variations of puffery and inflated claims in advertising and society. I think Mr. Mughal has exhausted them all and invented a few of his own.

  • Lionel Mandrake

    I say we take off and carpet-nuke Englandistan from orbit. It's the only way to be sure……

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "Mr Mughal is in no doubt what lies behind it all. As he told a newspaper: “I do not see an end to this cycle of violence. There is an underlying Islamophobia in our society and the horrendous events in Woolwich have brought this to the fore.”"

    Translation: It's your fault we have to "defend Islam" by chopping off the heads of infidels since the West started the "cycle of violence" back in whatever wherever land. Don't expect us to change.

  • Lionel Mandrake

    I think the Royal Family, mostly the Queen of Englandistan, and her goof-ball son imam-Prince Charles, should be asked why they've NEVER shown any resistance to the islamification of their small island nation.

    Do they not understand their complacency in the elimination of their traditional, ancient culture and religion, and the certain eventual demise of their own race?

    Why does no one ask THE QUEEN how she feels about the toxin of multiculturalism on the massive scale the elites continue to FORCE upon the people of that dead Isle?

    Why doesn't the Queen-Mum add a moral voice to the restoration of the spirit of the beleaguered, demoralized, brain-washed and abused citizens of ENGLAND and help the real English people there fight back against the oozing wound that is their collective dignity under the evil regime of the political elites in nice suits and ties?

    Imagine paying a Moslem almost a quarter of a million dollars a year in taxpayer money to create fake charges of "Wascism" which ruins peoples lives and solidifies Islamic power over majority Christian, white Anglo Saxons in their own country?

    It is time to understand that the whole rotten edifice that is now the West under insane Marxist and progressive traitors seems to have been sold to the highest bidder in exchange for the transfer of ideology (Islam and socialism), and populations, (multiculturalism) and diminution of the white, Christian peoples and their homelands.

    The voiceless Queen Elizabeth on the subject of Nazi occupation of London…oops, I mean Moslem occupation of Londonistan, and her Doofus son Charles, who was disgraced by Diana who ran to a Moslem for comfort, shows that no person in charge in the West can be trusted. Do you really think the useless royal clan will want to loose a single "subject" by speaking the horrific truth of the Shakespearean tragedy the Dead Isle has become under their mute moral example and leadership?

    Please ask the "Queen Mum", assuming you can catch her not ossified on gin and rum, why she says NOTHING against the rape of England?

    But I know the answer, she and her family profit off of this horror by remaining in power.

    None of the "Dead Isle', dare call it treason.

    • Don from BC

      I don't think you understand the Royal House's position in the UK these days. They are little more than figure heads at this point. They have no real authority or power.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Blah…blah…blah…yada…yada…yada…as the "poor dears" suffer so from backlash! As if anyone slit the throat of a Muslim in broad daylight! But no matter, the barbarians are upset, and this is all that matters.

    Now, in the US the reception is even more pleasing to Allah's followers, as the chief law enforcement official attempts to usher in Blasphemy Laws, never mind that it is against the law of the land, the Constitution – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/06/02/holders-doj-a

    And color me duly part of the backlash, as I receive, on a regular basis, missives re my blog which go like this: Zionist vermin…stop dragging the US into your wars…and invective which can't even be written…and when I posted about the nexus between Boston's jihad and the Muslim Brotherhood Mafia…oh me, oh my….the fur did fly!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • UCSPanther

    Wake me when they start suffering REAL backlash…

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Hopefully you won't have the time to get into REM.

  • David of Edinburgh

    Crusading tweeters wielding deadly, razor sharp texts

  • Rose

    Proud to be an infidel!

  • Geoffercake

    so who's monitoring anti-British attacks in Britain? we're the native people and we have to play nice with the foreigners in case we hurt THEIR feelings? who's looking out for us? we're certainly not aloud to do it ourselves, that would be racist.

  • pulsar182

    Muslims just can’t tolerate it when the truth about Islam reaches Infidel ears….

  • kafir4life

    aLLAHU'S SNACKBAR!!! Pass the pork rinds, Abdullah!

  • kafir4life

    So tweets, comments, stares, etc are hateful criminal activity, but beheading infidels is religious freedom. Got it.

    Don't hire muslims. Don't shop in their stores. Don't shop in stores that hire them. Avoid them. Have nothing to do with them. But if you see one, watch one. The life you save may be your own.

    allahu's snackbar!

  • Brujo Blanco

    Muslims are becoming a privileged and highly protected class internationally. People are being cautioned to be respectful of Muslims and not hurt their feelings. On the other hand the criminal behavior of Muslims is being either minimized and excused. In a number of countries Muslims are permitted to have Muslim only zones. This will eventually mushroom until nothing can be done about it if they are not stopped.

    • Jim Taylor

      they learned a lot by watching what is going on with blacks in the United States, blanco sub the word black for every Muslim in your statement and you got the same thing going on in the United /States

  • Non Muslim

    I say let’em play chicken little all they want. Eventually no one will believe him when the real backlash begins–and it will.

  • gee59

    I guess the British think a lot like the Copts in Egypt. Both believe that if they hate the Jews as much as the Muslims do that they will not be targets.

    Think again – Jews aren't the problem – never have been.

  • DDay66

    "Tell Mama’s Twitter feed reported one such incident, of a Muslim woman “knocked unconscious” in Bolton,"

    Muslim woman are tough anyways, from all the years of being battered by their husbands as Allah commands them to do.

  • Sally Smith

    This is insane if Muslims are supposed to feel threatened and terrified about some internet post from lunnies then how are whites supposed to feel about the real thing. When you have the black panthers giving speeches asking for blacks to kill whites and their babies, how are whites supposed to feel when you have people like farrakooun calling for the killing of JEWS when you have the presidents preacher calling the whties devils and working the black congregation into a frenzy . when you see black mobs attacking whites in public places in Wisconsin and the Jacksonville Fl beaches and whe you see the amount of bullying black students have on whites in those cities. they you see this hate speech is working for them. maybe whites should be more terrified of Muslims and blacks

    • Drakken

      You should have no fear if you have concealed and carry. To be armed is to be forewarned.

  • Jim Taylor

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/08/16/new-bl…. these idiots are ok when this happens, when the panthers intimidate voters and ask their followers to kill whites then blacks come to their defense? http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/22/farrak…. then you have people like this that has influence over thousands and you see politicians in their sermons and you do not see any one calling for civil disturbance here. then you realize as long as your black you can get away with hate crimes and hate speech . but for goodness sake do not speak negative of the people actually murdering others.

  • Drakken

    These muslims really should familiarize themselves with the classic Grimms Fairy Tale of The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf, it is rather amusing to see that life is starting to imitate art. To spoil the ending, the Wolf feeds rather well, it will be the same for the muslim.

  • Herb Benty

    When Western citizens can no longer speak the truth, show their disgust at blatant evil, the "politically correct"assault on Western society will have proven very useful indeed to muslims.

  • Brian

    "The scale of the backlash is astounding … there has been a massive spike in anti-Muslim prejudice. A sense of endemic fear has gripped Muslim communities.”
    Well excuse me……..are we supposed to embrace you and thank you for your brothers running down a soldier minding his own business and beheading him in the name of allah? I do t think so. Maybe it's time for the muslim community to feel fear. Maybe it's time for you to stand up and denounce the islamic extremists. But NO you would rather blame us for hating you. Be careful because one day soon we will really cause a endemic fear that might send you back to your homeland.

  • san

    muslims feeling threatened . . boo bloody hoo ..as English whites there are many parts of our country that we dare not walk through without feeling threatened . . .what they need to remember THEIR own people have brought our rage upon them, the fact that they have come to our country but do not have the respect of the land or the people of the land to try to fit in with our ways and dress … they build buildings that look totally out of place in western countries .. despite knowing that this and there ways offend most of us they carry on. if they mixed with us, dressed in similar garb and built their preying places so they fit in with our land scape oh yes and didn't take to the streets peaching hate then nobody would have lifted an eye brow