Anthea McIntyre, co-founder of the campaign group West Midlands Together, has condemned attacks against two mosques in Birmingham.
Miss McIntyre said: “These despicable attacks on people at worship were designed to provoke fear and anger.
"Happily the communities targeted showed admirable restraint and dignity, but that does not take away from the nastiness of the hate crime committed.
“This was an act of unreasoning hatred and we can only hope that those responsible are traced and feel the full weight of the law.”
Miss McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, founded West Midlands Together with her Labour colleague Neena Gill after a spike in hate crime following the EU referendum.