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In Brexit-Era London, a Mosque Sits Between Two Types of Hate
" he said he told her, "and you are giving us nothing!" Sixteen days after the London Bridge attack, a man driving a van plowed over Muslims leaving a mosque in North London.
that This is a one-way street where we are giving you information,
We have got our country back.’ " "That is code for: Barking
and Dagenham will go back to what it was in the 1950s — predominantly white — which of course is not going to happen." Before his arrest last year, the jihadist recruiter Mr. Choudary sometimes attended prayers at Al Madina.
So when a police officer turned up to press for information — "community cohesion is a
two-way street," the officer told Mr. Siddique pointedly — he nearly threw her out.
The program requires teachers, social workers and other government employees to notify a local coordinator — typically a former police officer — about
any Muslim who matches a checklist of "warning signs." British Muslims often accuse the program of targeting them for domestic surveillance.
Colleagues sometimes called him by an ethnic slur for Pakistanis, while one senior officer nicknamed him "Osama bin Laden."
"It was abhorrent, we would say now," said Gary Copson, a retired London police commander who praised Mr. Siddique’s work.
Asim Khan, a Pakistan-born financial adviser who clashed with Mr. Harris at a public hearing over a Muslim community center, said, "He is
trying to do what he believes will protect his people." "We are trying to tell him, ‘Hey, we are the same people,’ " Mr. Khan continued.
" Mr. Siddique said. that We had ladies who were called ‘terrorists’ or ‘Paki,’ or told to go home,