Last week a trio of Muslim supremacist college students – Yasmeen Alsaker, Sara Ebrahim and Tania Khaliq – were traveling on a New Jersey light rail when a 62 year old man, Patrick Pietropaolo, verbally abused them and then, allegedly spat on them.
MuslimGirl Alsaker recounted the incident in a Facebook post on the day of the attack. “I finished school and took the lightrail to get to [Newark] penn station with my two Muslim hijaby friends. We sat down, a man was sitting behind us. He started cursing us out.
My friend turned around to see whats going on, and then turned back. The man stood up and said: Why are you staring at me ha? Why are you staring at me, you F***ing Muslim B**tch.” The man then spat on one of the three young women.
Nobody on the train intervened to help the three students.
Although Pietropaolo was later arrested by the New Jersey Transit Police Department and charged with simple assault, bias intimidation, theft of service, and resisting arrest (for running away from the light rail), the attack has left the three young students shaken, for obvious reasons.
One of the young women, Sara Ebrahim, explained that she was “feeling awful,” and that she started “crying out of the blue” during a tutoring session the day after the incident. (Oh, Boo Hoo, get over yourself or get out)
The students expressed their concerns about the increasing hateful rhetoric and Islamophobic political climate that stalks Muslim-Americans, especially visibly-Muslim women, everywhere they go. (Americans are finally waking up)
More and more Muslims are reporting incidents where they are explicitly or implicitly targeted simply because they identify as Muslim. A lot of are seriously afraid for their security in spaces that are supposed to be safe, such as a vehicle for public transportation. The fact that people refuse to intervene, as was in this case, is even scarier. (Hint. Hint. Nobody wants Muslims in America)
The current situation for Muslims seems to be spiraling downwards due to the rhetoric against Islam in the news today, especially since the GOP debates began.
Maybe that man on the train was recalling this incident with Muslims on a train: