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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

UK Muslims ‘Sympathise’ with Charlie Hebdo Attack

A small percentage of British Muslims have admitted to sympathising with extremists. 

In a BBC poll conducted among one thousand Muslims living in Bradford, Yorkshire U.K., 20 per cent asserted that western liberal society could never be compatible with Islam while 24 per cent insisted that acts of violence against those who publish images of the Prophet Mohammad may be justified.

About 5-10 per cent harbour the most extreme beliefs.

Below are the remaining results:

  • I have some sympathy for the motives behind the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris - 27%
  • I feel sympathetic towards people who want to fight against western interests - 11%
  • If someone I knew from the Muslim community was planning an act of violence I would report them to the police - disagree: -5%

  • Muslim clerics who preach that violence against the west can be justified are out of touch with mainstream Muslim opinion – disagree - 45%


    (Listen to the full report, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today show on 25 February 2015 at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02ks1zl).

© Natalie Wood (25 February 2015)

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