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A leading Muslim has blamed Jack Straw's comments for an attack in which a woman's veil was torn from her face.
The woman was attacked in Liverpool by a man shouting racist abuse, the day after the former foreign secretary criticised veils that cover the face.
Mohammed Akbar Ali, ex-chairman of the Liverpool Islamic Institute, said Mr Straw should have known better.
Merseyside Police, who say the attack was a hate crime, met Muslim leaders on Saturday to hear their concerns.
Mr Akbar Ali, who was involved in the campaign to free Liverpool hostage Ken Bigley in Iraq, said the attack was no coincidence.
"I put the blame squarely and without any hesitation on Jack Straw," he said.
Originally posted by reaper2
Im not saying intelligence should of have followed these women or possible men around for no other reason than a hijab, i was just stating someone who has hidden their appearance and concealed thier form could present a problem if they were under suspicion.
[edit on 6-10-2006 by reaper2]
A man at the centre of an anti-terrorist hunt in Britain is alleged to have escaped capture by evading surveillance officers after disguising himself as a Muslim woman dressed in a burka.
The burka is a head-to-toe garment, which often conceals the entire face, with the wearer seeing through a fabric grille or eye slit, and is suspected by some immigration officers to have been used previously in cases of benefit or identity fraud.
Islamic extremeists, including suicide bombers fighting British and US troops in Iraq, are known to have dressed in burkas to evade capture or to launch attacks.
Women bombers are also known to have worn full Muslim dress to board planes with explosives strapped under their clothing.