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A landmark ballot has discovered that simply 25 % of British Muslims consider that Hamas has dedicated homicide and rape in Israel on October 7 – the day Tel Aviv’s struggle within the Middle East started.

The survey – commissioned by the Henry Jackson Society, a counter-extremism assume tank – revealed that just below half of British Muslims (46 %) sympathise with Hamas.

The ballot is the most important of its type since Israel started its struggle with Hamas on October 7 final 12 months and coincides with the six-month anniversary of the battle beginning.

October 7 noticed Hamas terrorists infiltrate Israel and kill round 1,200 residents, with 253 taken hostage.

Also famous within the ballot was that 52 % of British Muslims needed to make it unlawful to indicate a picture of the Prophet Mohammed – in comparison with 16 % of the general public.

Elsewhere, 32 % of British Muslims wished for Shariah legislation to be applied within the UK – in comparison with simply 9 % of the general public.

Other tendencies noticed included that youthful, well-educated Muslims had been the probably to assume Hamas had not dedicated the atrocities.

It comes as on Friday evening ministers had been instructed to step up their efforts to halt excessive narratives.

Among these making the plea included Fiyaz Mughal – the founding father of interfaith teams Tell Mama, Faith Matters and Muslims Against Anti-Semitism.

He stated the findings from the report had been “shocking but also not shocking”.

According to the Telegraph, he continued: “Hamas is an Islamist extremist and terrorist group and has been terrorising Gazans, Israelis and liberals within society for decades.

“The sense that Hamas didn’t conduct massacres and rapes in Israel is atrocious as a result of it exhibits a closed-off mentality to something emanating from Israel.”

JL Partners, which carried out the survey, was based by James Johnson – a former Downing Street pollster.

Mr Mughal added: “The findings confirm that a lot of work needs to be done to inform, challenge, and address old anti-Semitic tropes that are still circulating among some of my co-religionists.

“The Government has got to provide better guidance for teachers, schools and education establishments.

“The investment needs to happen as soon as possible because we are at real risk of a social cohesion problem.”

A Government spokesperson added: “We have recently set out a series of measures which will promote social cohesion and counter religious hatred. Our plan will tackle division in our communities and ensure that we are protecting our democratic freedoms across the country.”