Police investigate ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letters received across UK
A SICKENING point-scoring system for throwing acid at Muslims and bombing mosques has been sent out in threatening letters.
DISTURBING letters calling for organised attacks on Muslims with a pointscoring system have been sent to homes across the UK.
Counter-terrorism police are now investigating the campaign which is calling for a day of violence and abuse on April 3 — called “Punish a Muslim Day”.
The letters, which some social media users have uploaded pictures of, lists a range of ways to attack Muslims with a corresponding point-scoring system.
The actions include throwing acid in the face of a Muslim, torturing adherents of the faith with electrocution, pulling women’s headscarves off and even bombing a mosque.
Muslims in London, Yorkshire and the Midlands have reported receiving the letter that calls for attacks.
The letter reads: “They have hurt you, they have made your loved ones suffer.
“They have caused you pain and heartache. What are you going to do about it?”
It adds: “Only you can help turn this thing around, only you have the power. Do not be a sheep!”
Tell MAMA, a project that monitors Islamophobic hate crimes in the UK, said a photo of an envelope suggests at least one of the notes was dealt with at a Sheffield sorting office.
However mystery surrounds who is behind the poster.
Those who came across it claim that imagery on the poster references a group called The Last Soldiers of Christ.
Iman Atta, the project’s director, told Sky News: “This has caused quite a lot of fear within the community. They are asking if they are safe, if their children are safe to play outdoors.
“We have told them to keep calm.”
“We are working closely with the relevant police forces on this matter which is being treated with the utmost seriousness.
“It is essential that all letters and envelopes are kept and handled minimally to preserve evidence for the police to investigate.
“Incidents like this are rare but we urge vigilance and calm as we remind Muslim communities that our confidential support service is available to assist in this matter.”
She later told The Sun that those behind the malicious letters are trying to create fear within the Muslim communities and the threatening letter may be part of a wider campaign of hate against Muslims.
“Tell MAMA documented last year how the so-called ‘Muslim Slayer’ targeted mosques in parts of London and the United States in 2017 with similar threats, and in some cases, with non-toxic white powder,” she said.
“The letter calls for a day of violence against Muslims. So the impact is wider and should always be taken into account in sentencing of perpetrators.”
A West Yorkshire Police released a statement in response saying: “Counter Terrorism Policing North East are co-ordinating the investigation at this time and will consider any potential links to existing inquiries.”