Police delete tweets over Islamic State gesture

first_img Show more A police force has deleted social media posts about Islamophobia Awareness Month after users pointed out its logo was similar to a hand gesture popular with Islamic State militants.Bedfordshire Police tweeted their support for the annual campaign, led by charity Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend), on Tuesday afternoon but removed them on Wednesday.The logo features a hand with the index finger pointing upwards, a favoured gesture of followers of IS, also known as Isis, in propaganda photographs. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “As a consequence and to avoid offence, Bedfordshire Police has deleted these posts and will not tolerate Islamophobia or any other form of hatred or discrimination.” A spokesman added: “We had a number of people point it out and we have removed it. I could not tell you what faith they came from.” Credit:PA The one-fingered gesture has long been used by different Muslim groups to signify their belief there is only one God, but it has latterly been adopted by Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil).The police force said: “It has come to our attention the pointing finger logo used to illustrate social media posts around Islamophobia Awareness Month is similar to that used by Isis. The logo was produced by a national charity and was used in good faith. Screen grabbed image of a tweet sent by Bedfordshire Police which was subsequently deleted after users pointed out its logo was similar to a hand gesture popular with Islamic State (IS) militantslast_img read more