Equality groups say racially motivated violence is on the rise in Dublin

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The horrifying claim comes after an Afghan man and two teens were subjected to a vicious racist assault in Rathfarnham over the weekend. 

Abdul Ahmadzai (13) and his two uncles, Naqeeb (18) and Fazal (20) were cycling home from a day out in Marley Park when four men jumped out of a blue Peugeot and began attacking them armed with a metal bar. The three men had to be brought to hospital due to injuries received in the attack.

Interfaith organisation the Three Faiths Forum of Ireland is organising a meeting tonight to discuss how to improve racial integration in Dublin.

The organisation brings together representatives of the three Abrahamic Faiths,  Jewish, Muslim and Christian, to create a space for religious dialogue, promoting education, providing accurate information and working together for tolerance, respect and cooperation.

Their spokesperson Siraj Zaidi has called the attacks “quite disturbing”.

“What we are witnessing is an increasing rising element of racially motivated attacks and unprovoked attacks,” said Zaidi.

“Simply on the basis on the visual appearance of an individual or a family and that is quite disturbing.”

Last year a report from the Irish branch of the European Network Against Racism titled “Racism in Ireland” showed a disturbing rise in racially motivated attacks in south Dublin.

The majority of incidents involved racist language but 16 separate incidents of assault were reported by people who had either witnessed or experienced racially-motivated attacks. A further 17 complaints involved a serious threat being made to those who were targeted.

Spokesperson for the European Network Against Racism Shane O Curry said that news of the attacks at the weekend are not surprising.

“The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) has for some time been warning that it is only a matter of time before a premeditated and planned hate crime as serious as this is carried out by people who draw justification for such barbarity from Islamophobic and racist sentiment.

“Racism and Islamophobia are on the rise in Ireland, and with it the risk of hate crimes against minorities. Yet Ireland is almost unique among EU and OSCE countries in not having hate-crime legislation, a fact that puts us in contravention of numerous international recommendations and in violation of the EU Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia.

A rally in solidarity with the three victims of the attack in Rathfarnham takes place tonight at 7pm at the entrance of Nutgrove Shopping Centre.

Members of the Anti Racism Network Ireland, Dialogue and Diversity, Waterford Against Racism, and Kilmore West Against Austerity will all be present.

Mayor of South Dublin Sarah Holland will also play a key role in the rally.

In a statement, she condemned the attack and encouraged people to attend the rally “both to show solidarity with the family, and to join with us in condemning this mindless racism”.

“I am utterly disgusted that this family, including a 13-year-old boy, have been attacked in our community.

“The father of this family has said he no longer feels safe here. This family fled Afghanistan because of fears for their lives and now they don’t feel safe here in the leafy suburbs of Rathfarnham.

“The people who carried out this attack are mindless thugs and representative of no one.