The report below says it outright: “The police are afraid of being accused of Islamophobia.” In such a politically correct culture within the local government, that accusation could end their careers and ruin their livelihoods. It seems almost certain that the reluctance to confront the problems in Tower Hamlets is not entirely the product of individual decisions by police officers, but a matter of policy coming from some higher administrative level.
What do authorities hope to gain, even in the short term, from looking the other way? It will not bring peace or make anyone safer except the Islamic supremacists who are essentially finding themselves above the law. Rewarding bad behavior guarantees there will be even more of it. “Police ‘covered up’ violent campaign to turn London area ‘Islamic’,” by Andrew Gilligan for the Telegraph, June 12:
Victims say that officers in the borough of Tower Hamlets have ignored or downplayed outbreaks of hate crime, and suppressed evidence implicating Muslims in them, because they fear being accused of racism.
Our archives are full of horror stories from this particular borough.
The claims come as four Tower Hamlets Muslims were jailed for at least 19 years for attacking a local white teacher who gave religious studies lessons to Muslim girls.
Though the case is probably common knowledge to the Telegraph’s British readers, the paragraph above does not begin to describe what happened to Gary Smith. Muslims who were already under surveillance for jihadist activities slashed his face, fractured his skull, and shattered his jaw. He woke up in the hospital two days later after extensive surgery.
The Sunday Telegraph has uncovered more than a dozen other cases in Tower Hamlets where both Muslims and non-Muslims have been threatened or beaten for behaviour deemed to breach fundamentalist “Islamic norms.”
One victim, Mohammed Monzur Rahman, said he was left partially blind and with a dislocated shoulder after being attacked by a mob in Cannon Street Road, Shadwell, for smoking during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan last year.
“Two guys stopped me in the street and asked me why I was smoking,” he said. “I just carried on, and before I knew another dozen guys came and jumped me. The next thing I knew, I was waking up in hospital.”
“He reported it to the police and they just said they couldn’t track anyone down and there were no witnesses,” said Ansar Ahmed Ullah, a local anti-extremism campaigner who has advised Mr Rahman. “But there is CCTV in that street and it is lined with shops and people.”
Teachers in several local schools have told The Sunday Telegraph that they feel “under pressure” from local Muslim extremists, who have mounted campaigns through both parents and pupils — and, in one case, through another teacher – to enforce the compulsory wearing of the veil for Muslim girls. “It was totally orchestrated,” said one teacher. “The atmosphere became extremely unpleasant for a while, with constant verbal aggression from both the children and some parents against the head over this issue.”
One teacher at the Bigland Green primary school, Nicholas Kafouris, last year took the council to an employment tribunal, saying he was forced out of his job for complaining that Muslim pupils were engaging in racist and anti-Semitic bullying and saying they supported terrorism. Mr Kafouris lost his case, though the school did admit that insufficient action had been taken against the behaviour of some pupils. The number of assaults on teachers in Tower Hamlets resulting in exclusions has more than doubled from 190 in 2007/8 to 383 in 2008/9, the latest available year, though not all are necessarily race-related.
Tower Hamlets” gay community has become a particular target of extremists. Homophobic crimes in the borough have risen by 80 per cent since 2007/8, and by 21 per cent over the last year, a period when there was a slight drop in London as a whole. […]
There is a curious game of “rock-paper-scissors” that has unfolded among fashionable causes between feminism, gay rights, and the sense of obligation to combat “Islamophobia.” In standard practice, the last of the three beats the other two.
Even during meetings of the local council, prominent supporters of Tower Hamlets” controversial directly-elected mayor, Lutfur Rahman — dropped by the Labour Party for his links to Islamic fundamentalism – have persistently targeted gay councillors with homophobic abuse and intimidation from the public gallery.
The Labour leader, Josh Peck, was attacked with animal noises and cries of “Unnatural acts! Unnatural acts!” when he rose to speak. The Conservative leader, Peter Golds, was repeatedly heckled as “Mrs Golds” and a “poofter”.
Mr Golds said: “If that happened in a football stadium, arrests would have taken place. I have complained, twice, to the police, and have heard nothing. A Labour colleague waited three hours at the police station before being told that nothing would be done. The police are afraid of being accused of Islamophobia. Another Labour councillor said that the Met is now the reverse of what it must have been like in the 1970s, with a complete lack of interest when white people make complaints of harassment and hatred.”…
Race is immaterial. The dividing line is being drawn between Muslim and non-Muslim, and tragically, the police themselves have become party to it.