26 January 2019
The Muslim Council of Britain condemns the attack yesterday night on the Mitree Bahr Academy Islamic School in Newcastle upon Tyne, resulting in damage to the property, graffiti spray-painted on the walls saying ‘Moslem terrorists’ and copies of the Quran strewn across the floor.
Harun Khan, MCB Secretary General, said, “In yet another Islamophobic attack targeted at British Muslim communities, it is shocking that a swastika symbol as well as other offensive images have been used by vandals in an attempt to intimidate local residents. No faith community should be bullied in this way in 21st century Britain.”
He continued, “We thank Newcastle City Council and Northumbria Police for their swift support and investigation of this incident as a hate crime. This is also yet another example of why the definition of Islamophobia proposed by the APPG on British Muslims last November, is so important to be adopted as a key enabler in tackling such incidents.”
Unfortunately this is not the first time the school’s building – a Grade II listed building and former filming set of the children’s TV series ‘Byker Grove’ – has been targeted, in 2016 vandals also smashed the windows of the building.
A Go Fund Me page to help restore the damage caused by the vandals.
The management of Bahr Academy have also invited the vandals to the mosque over a cup of tea.
Photos posted on social media of the attack: