A threatening letter titled ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ 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.

Counter-terror police found no link between this campaign and a threatening letter sent to a mosque in Manchester last November.

A photo of the envelope suggests that it came from a sorting office in Sheffield, and sent with a second-class stamp, which mirrors the previous ‘Muslim Slayer’ campaign, so does the use of the sword imagery and how it juxtaposes it against the letter ‘m’ and the letter ‘s’.

The letter calls for a day of violence against Muslims on April 3.

The letter offers points for acts of violence against Muslims – this includes verbal abuse, the pulling of a woman’s hijab or headscarf, a physical assault, and disturbingly, the use of acid as a weapon.

It offers more points to a person if they decide to bomb or burn a mosque.

We are liaising with the Metropolitan Police on this matter and urge anyone who has received this letter to report to us in confidence or to ring the non-emergency 101 number.

Update #1: The letter was sent to a business in east London 

Update #2: We have received reports of the letter being distributed in the Midlands

A copy of the letter which was distributed in the Midlands area.

Update #2: We have received reports of the letter being distributed in Yorkshire. See full statement here.

 

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