Finsbury Park Mosque changed management in 2005 having been linked to an extremist cleric and over the past 15 years has won numerous awards pertaining to community work, community cohesion, diversity and multi-culturalism.
Ms Hopkins apologised over a tweet published on 8 May 2020 (on Ms Hopkins’ now-banned Twitter account) in which she made false claims concerning the involvement of Finsbury Park Mosque and/or their representatives in an attack on police officers on Blackstock Road on 7 May 2020.
The apology which was published on both Ms Hopkins’ Instagram and Parler accounts and reported in several national newspapers, stated:
Following our recent correspondence, I am happy to correct the inaccuracies contained in my Tweet of 8 May 2020. On that date I retweeted a video of a violent scene, of five men attacking the Metropolitan Police, with the comment:
“Finsbury Park mosque just after 8pm. Officers attacked. 5 representative of the Religion of Peace arrested. Zero media coverage.”
Having now been informed of the factual inaccuracies of that tweet, I am perfectly happy to correct the record to reflect the fact that the incident was not occurring outside Finsbury Park Mosque but was two streets away in Blackstock Road.
I am genuinely sorry for any offence or hurt felt by Finsbury Park Mosque for this clear factual error and I am happy to put the record straight.
Furthermore, it could be inferred from my Tweet that the aggressors in this altercation with the Metropolitan Police were members of the Finsbury Park Mosque. I offer my sincere apologies to the Mosque for this incorrect inference and the offence or hurt felt by it.
In the course of my correspondence with the solicitors for Finsbury Park Mosque, it has been brought to my attention that the mosque has involved itself with the following charitable works especially during the Pandemic:
Distributed meals to NHS staff in local hospitals and provided thousands of pieces of PPE equipment to London hospitals;
Provided food parcels to the most vulnerable in the local community and have set up a helpline for counselling and bereavement support; and,
Initiated a campaign in the Finsbury Park area including Blackstock Road to educate the community about the importance of social distancing.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contributions made by the Mosque to society.”Katie Hopkins
Following the apology, in a comment to the Guardian, Finsbury Park Mosque said:
“At a time of deep division within our society and the prominence of hate, suspicion and fear due to an array of reasons, Finsbury Park Mosque wishes to remind everyone of our personal and collective responsibility to not only speaking truth, but doing all we can to bridge those divides and bring our communities closer.”Finsbury Park Mosque
Ms. Hopkins’ comments were reported in a number of national newspapers, including: