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Muslim students lament university inaction on racist letters

CW: Islamophobia

Muslim students are calling on the University to take action after yet another Islamophobic letter was mailed to the campus Islamic prayer room.

The letter, received last Monday, referred to Muslims as “pig-fuckers” and featured an image of Numan Haider, a Melbourne youth shot dead after stabbing two police officers in 2014.

Graffiti was also discovered on the same day near Manning House and on Eastern Ave that said “Stop the mosques” and “Freedom of speech”.

Monday’s hate letter was the third to be mailed to the prayer room in four months. It followed a similar letter in February and a previously unreported letter in April.

Honi had previously reported on repeated ransackings of the prayer room between December 2015 and February 2016, as well as two instances of Islamophobic graffiti in February and March this year.

A University spokesperson said they were “aware of these recent incidents, and are involving our community partners in investigating the events.”

The University had earlier promised action after previous incidents, including increased CCTV and physical security around the prayer room.

University comment provided this week outlined that management were “implementing recommendations arising from discussions held earlier this year” and that students had supposedly been given a timeline for completion.

Nasreen Dean, President of the Sydney University Muslim Students’ Association (SUMSA), was the first to discover the letter. She told Honi she reported the matter to police.

The graffiti was removed by campus security shortly after it was reported.