Target: Mark Payne, Detective Superintendent of West Midlands Police.
Goal: Demand action against the attackers of a 75-year-old man in Birmingham
A 75-year-old Muslim man recently fell victim to a fatal stabbing attack. Mohammad Saleem was on his way home following evening prayers at his local mosque when he was stabbed three times. The attackers came upon Saleem from behind, giving Saleem no chance to fight back or defend himself. The attack was so vicious that the wounds penetrated from his back to the front of his body.
Saleem is the father of seven children, and was described as a “widely respected member of the community.” The police suggest that there is a “possibility” that this attack was racially motivated. Meanwhile, one of the victim’s daughters stated that it was, “a premeditated brutal attack, pre-planned, intended to kill.”
The Woolwich attack – a similar murder of an Indian individual in the UK – showed the disparity between action taken against the death of a white British national and a Muslim British national. The Woolwich attack has been called a terrorist attack, and has received international coverage. Media and police have never stated that there is a “possibility” that the attack was motivated by racial hatred – they have suggested, instead, that it is undeniably a result of Islamic extremism.
Mohammed Saleem, his death and his family, deserve the same respect and attention that has been afforded to the Woolwich murder victim. Both must be considered terrorist attacks, and both lives must be seen as equally valuable. There is no room for double standards. Sign the petition below to demand that the West Midlands police take significant, immediate action against Mohammad Saleem’s attackers.
Dear Mr. Payne,
Recently, a 75-year-old Muslim man named Mohammed Saleem lost his life outside his local mosque, after a brutal attack. His attackers stabbed him through the back, so viciously that the knives penetrated through to the front of Mr. Saleem’s body. Unlike the Woolwich attacks, this incident has not received international coverage. It has not been labeled a terrorist attack. And yet, the circumstances are similar. In both instances, an innocent individual was murdered.
There is no room for double standards where justice and law are concerned. Mohammad Saleem’s life was as valuable as the life of the Woolwich murder victim, and should be treated as such. I am writing to demand that the West Midlands police give this case the attention it deserves. Make sure that Mr. Saleem’s attackers are caught and punished. Mohammed Saleem deserves no less.
[Your Name Here]
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