Three Muslim female college students were verbally abused and spat at during a ride in New Jersey train.
21-year-olds Yasmeen Alsaker
The full account of the incident is detailed in Yasmeen Alsaker’s Facebook page.
"I didn't stop staring at him," she said. "We thought he was going to really going to attack us."
Although the incident left the women shaking, they were grateful for the police and the quick actions they had taken to apprehend Pietropaolo.
In her Facebook account, Alsaker expressed
"I'm used to people looking at me on the street," Ebrahim said, referring to what happens when she wears the hijab in public. "But I don't want to get used to people attacking me."
The attack on the three students is the latest in the surge of hate crimes targeting Muslims around the world. A few days ago, a women’s scarf was ripped off her face outside King’s College London in a hate-inspired attack against a group of Muslim students.
The fact that none of the passengers in the train thought to help out the young women is testament to how xenophobia is gradually prevailing over reason in the U.S. A recent study showed more than half of Americans believe immigration, even legal immigration, is a threat to the country’s sovereignty.