It Shouldn't Happen to a Muslim

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On the third anniversary of the 7/7 London Bombings, political commentator and journalist Peter Oborne investigates whether these attacks and the fear of terrorism have fuelled the rise of violence, intolerance and hatred against British Muslims, and created a situation where prejudice against Islam is Britain's last remaining socially respectable form of bigotry.

He meets British Muslims who now live in daily fear, some because their homes are constantly vandalised, others because they or family have suffered devastatingly violent attacks. Britain's first Government Muslim Minister attacks the growing culture of hostility against Muslims in the United Kingdom, saying that many feel targeted like "the Jews of Europe".

Oborne investigates the truth of the stories behind some of the headlines that have entered the public consciousness - such as a London council 'banning Christmas' out of deference to Muslims and a 'Muslim hate mob' wrecking a house rented to returning soldiers from Afghanistan.

And in his first interview since leaving the Metropolitan Police, the man who headed anti-terror operations on 7/7 and afterwards, former assistant commissioner Andy Hayman talks about the dangers created by poor relations between Muslims and the security services

"Muslims feel like 'Jews of Europe"
- Front Page Lead, Independent

"Minister: We Muslims are the new Jews"
- Daily Mail

"Muslims 'under siege like Jews'"
- BBC News

"Islamophobia...or cold hard truth?"
- The Sun

"Muslims ‘New Jews of Europe’"
- The Mirror

First Broadcast

July 7, 2008




Peter Oborne

Executive Producer

Eamonn Matthews


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