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Man charged after anti-Muslim incidents in London

These anti-Muslim incidents took place between October and November last year at various locations in London.

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By: Vivek Mishra

A man has been charged by UK police following a series of anti-Muslim incidents in London.

Jonathan Katan, aged 61, from Ealing in west London, faces multiple counts of racially aggravated criminal damage.

These incidents took place between October and November last year at various locations, including the office serving Palestinian interests, mosques, and businesses in the capital.

According to the Metropolitan Police, Katan was arrested in November after red paint was thrown or sprayed at these locations on 11 occasions.

In addition to the 11 counts of racially aggravated criminal damage, he also faces two other charges related to hate crime. Katan is scheduled to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

“This (case) demonstrates how seriously we take allegations of hate crime against any of our communities,” said Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson in the statement.

There has been a rise in antisemitic incidents in Britain, especially following Israel’s war in Gaza after an attack by the Islamist Palestinian group Hamas.

Earlier this week, two men appeared in court facing charges of planning to attack and kill members of the Jewish community and others in the northwest of the country with automatic weapons.

(Reuters)

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