Islamophobia Should Be Made a Criminal Offence
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We need a definition of Islamophobia which " encompasses both ideological and actual expressions and manifestations of Islamophobia, a definition which captures the perceptional, rhetorical and physical be that directed at individuals or the material structures associated with Muslims and Islam. Most importantly, it would bring Islamophobia in line with Antisemitism.
The definition below has been proposed by Dr Chris Allen of the University of Birmingham in his briefing paper to the Home Affairs Committee on the 13 December titled "Towards a Working Definition of
“Islamophobia is a certain perception of Muslims, which may be expressed as hatred toward Muslims. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of Islamophobia are directed toward Muslim or non-Muslim individuals and/or their property, toward Muslim community institutions and religious Committee and Religious Facilities".
This should be enshrined in UK law and any offences which fall within this definition should be treated as criminal with appropriate legal sanctions and penalties for the perpetrator(s) of such crimes.
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