Julia Hartley-Brewer in heated debate with London imam over immigration and hate crime

Julia Hartley-Brewer in heated debate with London imam over immigration and hate crime

Julia Hartley-Breer spoke to Ajmal Masroor

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Julia Hartley-Brewer had a heated debate with London imam Ajmal Masroor about links between hate crime and immigration fears.

They spoke after Scotland Yard found there had been an increase in reported Islamophobic incidents following the London and Manchester terror attacks.

The chair of the Islamic Society of Britain, Masroor told Julia: "Why we have seen a spike in anti-Muslim hatred in the country is because there has been continuous association of Islam and the Muslims with terrorism."

He believes that "whenever people talk about immigration in the way Nigel Farage and others have spoken, I have seen and experienced, people like myself who are brown, a spike in anti-immigrant hatred."

But the talkRADIO presenter argued that she doesn't think Nigel Farage is a "racist or a fascist, and in fact I know he’s not". She believes the issues could stem from people’s legitimate concerns about immigration not being addressed for 20 years, and those people being told they were racist, so that could be why nasty views are now expressed. 

Masroor went on to say that he found many white families moved out of areas where other ethnicities were moving in, and "why did the white people leave is something we really need to discuss" as "it’s not just a community has taken over".

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