Six years after my dad was killed by a racist, I tried to understand how a Muslim genocide took place on Britain’s doorstep

The story of Srebrenica leaves me terrified that it would be so easy for some to ignore the kind of bigotry that has fostered hate on the streets of Britain

It is six years since a terrorist brutally murdered my father Mohammed Saleem and carried out three mosque bombings in the West Midlands. Since then anti-Muslim hatred seems to only have grown worse.

Hate crime more than doubled in the wake of toxic campaigning against Muslims, migrants and refugees during the EU referendum campaign. It has helped to make the threat from Islamophobia very real.

The Conservative party should take some of the blame, and not only for the tone of its so-called hostile environment and evidence of the views of grassroots members.

The bigotry and racism come from the very top. Boris Johnson’s despicable “letterbox” comments regarding Muslim women wearing the niqab led to more attacks on Muslim women for the way they look and dress.

It is outrageous that divisive rhetoric from politicians can lead to violence and hate on our streets and my fear about where this all ends prompted me to travel to Bosnia, to try and understand the most recent genocide against Muslims on European soil.


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