£200 million plan to prevent abuse of Muslim and Jewish communities

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On March 10, the British government announced further action to combat extremism and allocated £117 million (S$200 million) towards defending Muslim communities in the face of an increase in Islamophobia.

The government stated that the additional funds will be used to safeguard mosques, Muslim faith schools, and other community facilities. It was revealed a little more than a week after additional funding was pledged to strengthen security for Jewish organisations in the face of rising anti-Semitism.

Tell Mama, a group that monitors anti-Muslim incidents, said in February that there had been a 335 per cent increase in cases since the Oct 7 attack by Hamas on Israel.

“Anti-Muslim hatred has absolutely no place in our society. We will not let events in the Middle East be used as an excuse to justify abuse against British Muslims,” Home Secretary James Cleverly said.

But the announcement comes amid repeated accusations of Islamophobia among Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s own governing Conservatives, who in February suspended one lawmaker after he said the Muslim mayor of London, Mr Sadiq Khan, was under the control of Islamists.

While Mr Sunak said the comments were unacceptable, there was criticism that neither he nor other ministers would call them racist or Islamophobic.

A survey conducted earlier in February found that 29 per cent of Britons believed the Conservatives had a problem with Islamophobia.

“The Prime Minister has made clear that we stand with Muslims in Britain,” Mr Cleverly said.

“That is exactly why we have committed to this funding.”

In February 2024, Mr Sunak warned that Britain’s multi-ethnic democracy was being deliberately undermined by Islamist and far-right extremists.

The government is planning to unveil a new official definition of extremism to ensure groups that promote unacceptable views do not receive any state funding or support.

Communities Minister Michael Gove, who will set out the new definition, said some recent pro-Palestinian marches in central London had been organised by “extremist organisations”.

“That doesn’t mean that people who have gone on them are extremist, quite the opposite,” Mr Gove told the Sunday Telegraph.

“But it means that you can begin to question, do you really want to be lending credence to this organisation?”

But more than 50 survivors or relatives of victims of Islamist attacks in Britain have signed a letter accusing some politicians of “equating being Muslim with being an extremist” and so playing into the hands of militants.

“It is the height of irresponsibility,” their letter said.

Imperial Hospital Sylhet

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