Countering hate crime

Four-in-five hate crimes resulting in court action in 2010-11 were racist attacks, Muslim and Jewish students at the University of London Union have been told.

They attended a meeting on hate crime and institutional discrimination organised by the Coexistence Trust, which tackles Islamophobia and antisemitism.

Speakers included Dr Richard Stone, a member of the original Stephen Lawrence inquiry, Jewish Council for Racial Equality director Edie Friedman and Zareena Mustafa from the independent Newham Monitoring Project.

There was consensus on the need for a renewed effort in challenging racism within all communities.

"Muslims and Jews must work more closely together," Dr Friedman said.

    Last updated: 5:37pm, March 1 2012