Elham Asaad Buaras
Police confirmed that they have received complaints and are currently trawling the tweets of former Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins, although no investigation has been launched. A website calling for the arrest of The Sun columnist and TV airtimefiller has been created following a string of Islamophobic posts on her Twitter account.
The site called Arrest Katie Hopkins has complained to the police, the Home Secretary and the Director of Public Prosecutions, where all petitions are sent. So far more than 1000 people have signed it.
It is not the first time Katie Hopkins took to twitter to ridicule Muslims
On November 10, Hopkins posted a series of anti-Palestinian messages on her account after reports of the stabbings in Tel Aviv apparently carried out by an Arab man on two Israelis, including one that labelled Palestinians “filthy rodents”.
“Palestinians busy knifing Israelis. 2 stage solution my arse. Filthy rodents burrowing beneath Israel. Time to restart the bombing campaign,” she wrote though it isn’t clear if the former reality star posted the comments herself or was hacked – although the offensive tweets remain on her account.
The website goes on to claim that her Twitter activity has gone from being merely “offensive”, which may have received protection from the Director of Public Prosecutions’ interim guidelines, to “hurtful and indeed racist” – and argue those guidelines no longer apply.
The site claims the police have so far not acted, so they want to take charge. An ‘arrest her now’ tab sits at the top of the site.
In a statement to The Muslim News the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign said: “We find it shocking that this kind of racism can be propagated by people in this country, and that human life seems to have so little value to those who call for the deaths of Palestinians. Any decent person should oppose racism in all its forms, including racism directed at Palestinians.”
It is not the first time Hopkins has offended Muslims. On July 27 the Sun newspaper was urged to sack Hopkins after she branded Prophet Muhammad an imaginary paedophile.
Reacting to a report on Rotherham Council’s handling of the sexual abuse of children by men of Pakistani descent The Sun columnist and TV airtime filler posted, “If you follow a religion where your imaginary prophet is a paedophile, I suspect you think it is ok to rape young white girls too. Bastards”.
Her outburst has been re-tweeted 575 times and favored 622 times. Her supporters quickly closed ranks online with many calling her “brave” while another tweeted, “Couldn’t have said it better myself #ReligionOfPeace.”
However, some called Hopkins out on irrationality, “since 95% of all pedo cases are by white guys, I guess you must be following the white god pedo yourself?”
They also maintained that Hopkins would not make similar claims of “Christianity in light of child sex abuse scandals in Catholic institutions or of white British people following the widely publicised scandals involving Jimmy Savile, Stuart Hall, Rolf Harris and a host of other famous faces. Indeed, the vast majority of men on the sex offenders register are white men – would Katie Hopkins tweet comments blaming Britons, or ‘white culture’ of Christianity for their actions?”
MEND told The Muslim News as the most widely read newspaper in the UK, The Sun “should not allow the views of bigots to grace its pages. It would not allow individuals who aired racial slurs or anti-Semitic remarks. ”
The Sun distanced itself from Hopkins remarks insisting its Editor David Dinsmore said the newspaper is “not responsible for the Twitter postings of our contributors, nor does it agree with everything they say. Katie’s opinions on Twitter, some of which can be questionable on a number of subjects, are her own.
Earlier this summer she made a series of Islamophobic tweets about Ramadan.
On June 29 the former reality TV tweeted: “Ramadan typically brings a spike in violence in the Middle East. I get grumpy when I don’t eat – but I don’t blow things up. Religion of peace?”