How Does The Metropolitan Police Classify An ‘Islamophobic’ Hate Crime?


In the wake of any mass Islamist terror attack on mostly non-Muslims, it doesn’t take long before the ‘anti-Muslim backlash’ narrative takes centre stage, namely that good regular Muslims are under siege, or being ‘lynched’ en masse at the hands of non-Muslims.

Now, there is no doubt that Muslims do face anti-Muslim bigotry in the U.K. and one instance of it is one too many. It’s also true that these instances increase after Islamist terror atrocities. I simply wonder whether they are as significant as the media coverage would have you believe, and what the criteria is for classifying something as ‘Islamophobic’.

The BBC reported  that ‘Anti-Islam hate crimes triple in London after Paris attacks’ earlier this week. I’ve been forever suspicious of accepting statistics of this kind at face value since the organisation Tell Mama were found to be inflating their figures by equating what amounted to online insults to ‘violent attacks’. Some of which didn’t even originate from Britain.

With this in mind, I’ve been trying to find some solid criteria as to how the Metropolitan Police classify an instance of ‘Islamophobia’ in these latest figures reported in the BBC article. From the Met’s website, it seems they define ‘Islamophobic Crime’ as (emphasis mine):

‘An Islamophobic Offence is any offence which is perceived to be Islamophobic by the victim or any other person, that is intended to impact upon those known or perceived to be Muslim’.

Unless I’m interpreting this incorrectly, it appears that so long as someone says they are experiencing ‘Islamophobia’, or says that they have witnessed someone else experience it, it is recorded as such. It also seems you don’t even need to be a Muslim to be a victim of ‘Islamophobic Crime’.

It would also be interesting to see what percentage of these instances end in convictions. I’ll be reaching out to the Met to see if they also include online incidents within their data too.

Also, from the BBC article, it’s confirmed that the majority of ‘attacks’ relate to ‘harassment’. Whilst harassment is entirely unacceptable, the use of the word ‘attacked’ in their opening paragraph does tend to convey a sense of physical violence:

‘The number of Muslims attacked each week in London has more than tripled since the Paris attacks, figures show.’

Needless to say, anyone who has the merest vocal disagreements with the contents of Islamic scripture will come to know how freely the term ‘Islamophobia’ flows in their direction.

I’m often told it’s actually anti-Semitism that is a larger issue, and from the very same figures on the Metropolitan page, it confirms that anti-Semitic crime is up 61% compared to the 41% increase in ‘Islamophobic’ crimes. I don’t recall this making waves in the media to the same extent. I also don’t recall seeing hours of Rabbis, commentators and community leaders on our TV’s warning us about it.

Any civil society has a duty to protect its minority citizens from hate-crime and prosecute those guilty of it. Fortunately, the U.K does this quite well for the most part. The Metropolitan Police have even confirmed they will be providing extra patrols to combat hate crime and have 900 officers investigating incidents of it. No Muslim should have to experience a moments harassment, intimidation or violence based on their Muslim identity.

Thankfully, Muslims in the U.K enjoy better protection and freedoms than they would in most Muslim majority countries on the planet. There is certainly no ‘backlash’ against Muslims that is comparable to the Islamist slaughter that is said to inspire it.

At any moment, the U.K population could rise up, torch every Mosque and drive out Muslim communities. Are we biding our time then? Are we waiting for that really, really bad Islamist terror attack? Of course not. We simply just don’t want to behave in this abhorrent way towards our Muslim citizens.

Unfortunately, mass slaughter and attacks on Muslims are on the increase. It’s just that they are carried out predominantly by Muslim fanatics. 

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  • While I agree with your assessment, and share your exasperation, I have to point out one small quibble. You write that it seems you don’t have to be Muslim to be a victim of “Islamophobia”, as if the two are necessarily related and to suggest a non-Muslim might suffer is unlikely. Well, greetings from America, where our violent rednecks can’t tell if someone is actually Muslim. Remember the poor Sikh man who got shot in the head by an unhinged loon after 9/11? We’ve had, while not a lot of that, a steady trickle here. Culturally speaking, we are more like ignorant, explosive teenagers than you (except for your widespread cultural belief that drinking necessarily makes you violent. What is that?), so the UK may not have this happen. But we do.

    That said, it’s hard for me to understand how things like “violent attacks” (mean words on a screen) and “bullying” (student association complaints at Goldsmith) are being redefined without anyone noticing the lunacy in it.

    • Kris, I can tell you that the piece as written is legally correct in the UK. Any person (even if they were not present at the time and have no reliable information to give) can make the allegation that a crime is a hate crime along race/religious lines. Ridiculous but true. But then, we also have a law making saying, displaying or handing out words is unlawful if someone claims to feel thereby harassment, alarm or distress. There is a further subsection making this offence more serious if the “victim” can claim a minority status.

  • Although using a photo from source X does not necessarily mean that you support or endorse X, in some circumstances it will nonetheless create a perceived association with that source.

    In this instance, you have prominently displayed a photo credited to frontpagemag dot com, a devoutly Pro-Israel, hard-right propaganda mill. They are dedicated not to the truth in any given matter, but seemingly only to stories which promote their brand of far-right, reactionary dogma. To this end, they revel in ceaselessly castigating a hyperbolic caricature of “the Left” with endless streams of invective that consist primarily of ad hominem attacks, strawman arguments, unethical distortions of the truth, and/or sheer fabrications.

    They are, if you will, a cruel-right version of some monstrous amalgamation of CJ Werleman, Murtaza Hussain and/or Salon.

    By prominently using their image, there will likely be readers who suspect that you may get some of your other information from this utterly unreliable source.

    Just FYI.

    • Hi,

      I appreciate the info and I will keep it in mind going forward. I’m not familiar with the source, I simply did a Google image search of ‘Islamophobia’ and made sure I credited it to the listed source.

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  • There is no such thing as “islamophobia” it’s just a meaningless buzzword to shut down any rightful form of critisism of Islam.

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