Me thinks they used the wrong finger:
The signal of the index finger held up is, of course, used in myriad contexts, but it has become associated with a declaration of the oneness of Allah and allegiance to the Islamic State. And now we learn that a company linked to Islamic jihadists gave the witless Bedfordshire Police the logo it was using for “Islamophobia Awareness Week.” Coincidence? Unlikely.
Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend) must have known: this signal has been known to be a sign of allegiance to the Islamic State for almost as long as there has been an Islamic State. It has been described as the group’s “ubiquitous hand signal.” It strains credulity to think that a Muslim in November 2016 who is upset about “Islamophobia” doesn’t know its significance as a sign of support for the Islamic State.
“Police force deletes its Twitter posts promoting Islamophobia Awareness Month after using a logo similar to a hand gesture popular with ISIS jihadis,” by Sam Tonkin, Mailonline via JW.
From the dumber than dirt department:
Bedfordshire Police has now withdrawn its own social media posts featuring the logo as well as the page on their website on Islamophobia Awareness Month, while taking pains to reiterate that it will “not tolerate Islamophobia”.
We have deleted Islamophobia Awareness posts. The logo was produced by a national organisation & used in good faith https://t.co/VzbUvKRXC3
— Bedfordshire Police (@bedspolice) November 16, 2016
Bedfordshire Police have been forced to backtrack after promoting Islamophobia Awareness Month on their social media channels using a logo featuring a salute used by Islamic State militants.
The logo was drawn up by a British organisation with reported Islamist sympathies.
Bedfordshire Police experienced a public backlash against its use of the logo after tweeting it on Tuesday afternoon along with the message “we are joining the campaign to raise awareness of Islamophobia and encourage victims to report such abuse”.
The tweet contained a link to a page on the Bedfordshire Police website explaining more about Islamophobia Awareness Month, which again featured the logo: a right hand with the index finger pointing skywards.
The salute, however, has become synonymous with Islamic State propaganda, as many of its fighters pose making the salute before going into battle or carrying out suicide missions.
According to the International Business Times, the salute was adopted by the jihadist organisation as it refers to the first half of the shahada, the affirmation of Muslim faith recited at the beginning of every prayer.
The passage reads “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammed is his Prophet.” The raised finger is in reference to “the one [God]”.
Consequently, the public took to twitter to ask why the force was willing to adopt Islamic State iconography.
Tommy Robinson was the first to call them out on it: