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Two Muslim NY women subject to hate crimes in 36 hours

08 December 2016
Two Muslim NY women subject to hate crimes in 36 hours

The search continues for a man who police say attacked a Muslim MTA employee earlier this week at Grand Central Terminal.

She hurt her ankle and knee in the fall and was taken to NYU Langone Hospital for treatment.

Officer Aml Elsokary, a native New Yorker and Muslim, was walking with her teenage son on Saturday in Brooklyn's Bay Ridge neighborhood, when a man lunged at the boy, accused the pair of being connected to the militant Islamic State group and threatened to cut Elsokary's throat, police said. The man was pushing her son, police sources said.

"We do not allow intolerance or fear to divide us because we know diversity is our strength and we are at our best when we stand united", he was quoted as saying.

On Dec. 1, according to CBS News, three men attacked 18-year-old Yasmine Seweid on the 6 train while she was commuting home following an event at Baruch College. She was wearing her uniform and a hijab when she was assaulted.

NY is America's largest city and one of its most diverse, with more than three million of its 8.55 million populations foreign-born.

Cuomo and city mayor Bill de Blasio, both vehement critics of Trump, said hate crimes would be prosecuted and not tolerated.

"We now need to work with him", de Blasio said.

Authorities are investigating the incident, which occurred around 6:20 a.m. ET Monday near the 7 train at Grand Central. Most of the cases appear to involve graffiti or violence directed at racial or ethnic minorities and in some reports the perpetrators indicated support for President-elect Donald Trump. Last week, KKK fliers and business cards were distributed at two Long Island Rail Road stations, Cuomo's office said.

"While we have seen an increase in reports sent to us and to officials, we believe there's a number of people suffering in silence [as] victims of hate crimes and not reporting it", Cahn said, explaining the complexity in getting an accurate statistic of hate crimes targeted towards the New York Muslim community.

The attack comes amid a spate of apparent instances of bias crime and hateful language throughout the region following the presidential election. More than 100 anti-Muslim incidents have occurred across the country according to CAIR and nearly 1000 incidents targeting different minority groups have been documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

"I would never think about not wearing my hijab", Salama said. "We're going to be a little more cautious". "I didn't answer. They pulled my strap of the bag and it ripped, and that's when I turned around and I was really polite and I was like, 'Can you please leave me alone?' And everyone was looking, no one said a thing, everyone just looked away".