By Bassel Barakat
Newcastle Islamic school vandalized with anti-Muslim hate message. A graffiti was noticed by the employees of the Newcastle Islamic school in the West End of Newcastle, which left the school staff afraid to enter the building, the headteacher said.
The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, according to the police. Copies of the Qur’an was found on the floor as well as spray-painted graffiti on the wall saying “Moslem terorists” which made the the employees afraid to attend Friday prayers at Bahr academy due to the hateful attack, according to police.
“We don’t know if they want to physically harm us,” Principal Muhammed Abdulmuheet said. “This has happened so many times now, it is only so long until the building is burned down.”
The school which became Islamic school in 2010 after it previously was a set of the children’s TV programme Byker Grove, has been repeatedly targeted by vandals.
More than £1,000 donations were raised to help to repair the vandalized building.
“We just want to help them heal,” said the show’s former artistic director Anna Mcgrath. “The thought that children have to see this in their school, place of worship and neighbourhood is horrible and has to be traumatising.”
Despite the horrible attack that caused “emotional damage” for the school staff, Abdulmuheet offered forgiveness to the attackers. “We want to speak to them, and for them to know they shouldn’t be frightened of us,” he said. “We feel we can’t blame them if they don’t know better. We want to say, let’s talk, let’s educate them on what they have been misinformed of [about us].”
The leaders of Newcastle City Council condemned the attack.
I’m outraged to hear about the racist vandalism and graffiti at the Bahr academy. Police are investigating and I hope the scum who did this are found and prosecuted. We must come together as a city to condemn such appalling racist hate crimes. #NewcastleUnites
— Nick Forbes (@nick_forbes) January 25, 2019