Tett oppunder ettårsmarkeringen for Tube-bombene 7/7 viser en ny meningsmåling at en foruroligende stor del av britiske muslimer enten støtter terroraksjonen, eller er enig i sak, men ikke i metodene. Over halvparten av muslimene vil derimot at myndighetene slår hardere ned på terror.
A SIGNIFICANT minority of British Muslims believe they are at war with the rest of society, the largest poll of Muslims in this country suggests.
The Populus survey for The Times and ITV News has found that more than one in ten thinks that the men who carried out the London bombings of 7/7 should be regarded as «martyrs». Sixteen per cent of British Muslims, equivalent to more than 150,000 adults, believe that while the attacks were wrong, the cause was right.
But the poll also revealed a stark gulf between this group and the majority of British Muslims, who want the Government to take tougher measures against extremists within their community.
More than half (56 per cent) believe that the Government has failed to combat extremism, a higher proportion than the 49 per cent of the general population who agree.
Nearly half (49 per cent) of Britain’s 1.6 million Muslims also think it acceptable for the authorities to monitor what is being preached in mosques more closely.
Trevor Phillips, the chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, said it was as if some groups were living in a different country.
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13% of British Muslims think that the four men who carried out the London Tube and bus bombings of July 7, 2005, should be regarded as «martyrs»
7% agree that suicide attacks on civilians in the UK can be justified in some circumstances, rising to 16 per cent for a military target
16% of British Muslims say that while the attacks may have been wrong, the cause was right
2% would be proud if a family member decided to join al-Qaeda. Sixteen per cent would be «indifferent»
56% of British Muslims believe that the Government is not doing enough to fight extremism, more than the 49 per cent of the whole population who agree
50% think the intelligence services have the right to infiltrate Muslim organisations to gather information about their activities and the way they obtain funding
65% of British Muslims say that their community needs to do more to integrate properly with British society
35% say that they would feel proud if a close family member joined the police
Tallene viser en dyp splittelse blant britiske muslimer. Det skumle er at den radikale delen er såpass stor.