Community iftar meal co-hosted by Muslim Aid features in hard-hitting Channel 5 documentary
A Channel 5 documentary broadcast this week features a huge community street iftar co-hosted by Muslim Aid earlier this year.
The documentary, Hate Crimes: Uncensored, which looks at the recent surge in Islamophobic attacks, closes on a positive note by showcasing the vibrant community atmosphere at the iftar.
The event, hosted in May during the month of Ramadan, was organised by Muslim Aid alongside Finsbury Park Mosque and Muslim Welfare House. It was arranged to commemorate the victims of the Finsbury Park mosque attack in 2017 and celebrate community spirit in its aftermath. Over 2,000 people from across backgrounds and walks of life gathered for a meal and to hear speeches from faith leaders and political figures including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and senior backbencher Dominic Grieve.
Cmdr Clarke Jarrett of the Metropolitan Police, interviewed in the film, acknowledges how restrained the crowd at the mosque was on the evening of the Finsbury Park attack. He explains how the attack had the opposite effect of its aim:
“Osborne intended to damage community relationships and attack the Muslim community, and drive a wedge between communities, especially in the Finsbury Park area”, says Jarrett. “Actually he failed completely. His actions brought the community closer together.”
Cmdr Jarrett’s words precede footage of the street scenes and speeches from the iftar anniversary event.
The documentary can be foundhere and the iftar is featured 41 minutes into the programme.