On August 20 a shocked customer had just sat down for lunch at the JD Weatherspoon’s pub, The Moon on the Square, Feltham, when he and his Muslim colleague noticed an Islamophobic poster.
The 28 year-old regular to the pub, who first saw the poster, said: “I was absolutely disturbed to see this vile poster on display in my local pub, let alone the biggest pub chain in the UK.”
The Islamophobic poster, which was displayed on the pub notice board, was a mimic of World War one British propaganda artwork. It depicts the protagonist of the British war recruitment campaign, Lord Kitchener, pointing out at the onlooker.
The poster, which was signed by ‘The Infidel Brotherhood,’ read: ‘‘Then we have a simple solution for you.‘Get the f*** out of our countries and go back to the monstrous s**tholes you came from. ‘You can live under Muslim rule there and enjoy it as much as you like.’
Reacting to the incident, an employee from The Moon on the Square, told The Muslim News, “It is not a racist pub, and is only one person’s view.”
A spokesperson for the nearby Hounslow Islamic Integration Community Centre, Minja Omar, told The Muslim News that there have been other Islamophobic incidents in the area, and that “the Muslim community is constantly targeted and isolated.”
In reaction to this latest episode, Minja said: “People are horrified; there is a sense of threat against the safety of families living in the area.”
The customer, who had gone to the pub for lunch added: “It is disgraceful that JD Wetherspoon pubs are allowing this anti-Muslim propaganda to be displayed – I’d hate for any Muslim to think all British people are racists because of this.”
The poster has been removed and a spokesman for JD Weatherspoon’s said: “A poster was displayed on the notice board at The Moon on the Square, by a customer at the pub, without the knowledge of the pub staff.
“As soon as this came to light, staff immediately removed the discriminatory material.
“The customer notice board, which is regularly checked and monitored by staff, has now been completely cleared of all material, whatever the content.
“The Moon on the Square is a community pub, proud of its diverse customer base, and has always been fully committed to operating in a non-discriminatory way.”
At present there is no ongoing police investigation.