Of course, the big headline “The letters EDL were scrawled on a wall of the mosque” is what the media are running with, trying to make it a “racially” (even though Islam is NOT a race) motivated crime. But I hope they are going to check members of the Muslim community because you can’t discount that they did it to themselves. Wouldn’t be the first time.
The UK media and police are always quick to blame the EDL. But when the EDL are exonerated, it hardly gets reported. cops-say-edl-not-linked-to-firebomb-vandalism-attacks-where-letters-EDL-were-spray-painted
UK Express (h/t EverWatchful) EDL leader Tommy Robinson said: “I don’t believe that an EDL supporter is behind this fire. I have always told supporters not to attack mosques or places of worship.”
Six fire engines were called to the Al-Rahma Islamic Centre, which is listed as a mosque, in north London at 3.14am this morning. One woman from a nearby property, in Muswell Hill, suffered shock and was treated at the scene, London Ambulance Service said.
Officers from the Counter Terrorism Unit are on the scene amid reports English Defence League (EDL) graffiti was discovered at the site. Around 35 firefighters tackled the flames which were brought under control by 4.40am, but the blaze caused the two-story building to partially collapse. There are fears the fire might have been started in retaliation for the savage killing of British soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich last month.
Campaigners and members of the local community spoke of their devastation today and branded the fire an “attack against a peaceful community”. Ali Abu, 30, of the Somali charity BritSom, said: “We are all shocked by what has happened. We condemn this attack
Fiyaz Mughal, of Faith Matters, a group which monitors anti-Muslim hatred, said members of the local Muslim community would attend the Islamic centre, housed in the same building, to pray or participate in activities. “Bearing in mind this is close to Woolwich, bearing in mind that it houses Islamic activities, bearing in mind that they have found alleged EDL graffiti, there’s a strong likelihood that this could be an anti-Muslim incident.
“It is very concerning when we know that, online, there is a huge amount of anti-Muslim hate. We know that. When it moves into the physical world, it is extremely concerning.” A police spokesman said: “Specialist officers from the Met’s counter-terrorism command are leading the investigation into a fire which caused extensive damage to a community centre in Muswell Hill in the early hours today.”
UK Muslims makes threats online all the time and the police do nothing: