Hate crime in UK: Muslim woman assaulted by white man, hijab ripped off

Hate crime incidents have spiked in the UK following a suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester that claimed 22 lives and an attack in London by three terrorists.

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A woman in the UK was allegedly pushed to the ground and her hijab ripped off amid a spike in hate crime incidents following the two terror attacks by Islamists that claimed 30 lives.

The assault took place in Fengate, Peterborough, after the woman got out of her car and crossed the road with her three-year-old daughter when she was pushed from behind and knocked to the ground.

She had her hijab pulled off and thrown towards her. No words were exchanged in the assault, but police have confirmed they are treating it as a racially or religiously aggravated hate crime, Peterborough Telegraph reported.

The male offender was described as white, tall, of medium build and wearing a black hooded top with the head pulled up.

A police spokesman was quoted as saying that the victim was shaken by the attack but otherwise uninjured.

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Attacks on Muslims in Oshawa probed as possible hate crimes

Woman allegedly made threats, kicked and pushed people in two incidents.

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A woman has been charged with assault and uttering threats in a case that Durham police are treating as possible hate crimes targeting Muslims.

The first incident occurred on May 21 around 4:30 p.m. at the Oshawa Centre, a shopping mall at King St. and Stevenson Rd., police said in a news release Thursday.

They say a woman approached a couple and made threats to the female, who was wearing a hijab.

As the couple attempted walk away, police say a Muslim female bystander who intervened was kicked by the woman.

A man, who police say was also Muslim, was kicked while trying to intervene in the second altercation.
The next day, police say they responded to another incident involving the same woman at around 1:45 p.m. at Lakeview Park in Oshawa.

In that case, a woman of Muslim descent was pushed to the ground, police said.

Georgina Cassidy, 47, of Oshawa, has been charged with five counts of assault, one count of threatening death and one count of threatening bodily harm.

She was held for a bail hearing.

Durham police said they are consulting with the Ministry of the Attorney General about whether the incidents could qualify as hate crimes.

Police probe after Muslim mother is punched in the face in ‘horrific racist attack’ in Birmingham

Police said she was ‘racially abused’ through the open window before the man threw water over her and punched her in the face during the ‘horrific attack’ at 2.30pm on Sunday

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Police have launched an investigation after a Muslim mother had water thrown over her and was punched in the face in an alleged racist attack in Birmingham .

The victim, who was reportedly sat in her car with her two young children, was waiting for traffic lights to change when she was allegedly approached by the man in Heathfield Road, in Lozells.

Police said the woman was then “racially abused” through the open window before the man threw water over her and punched her in the face during the “horrific attack” at 2.30pm on Sunday.

West Midlands Police said they are treating the incident as a “hate crime” and are appealing for witnesses to contact them immediately.

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said : “The incident, which has been recorded as a hate crime, took place at 2.30pm Sunday 11 June in Heathfield Road, Lozells.

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After school sends Ramadan memo, Muslim staff member receives hateful note

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A staff member at a Kent high school received a hateful note in her mailbox after a memo about Ramadan went to school staff.

The Kentlake High School principal, with the assistance of a Muslim staff member, sent the memo out with information on the celebration of Ramadan, according to the school district.

The note explained how teachers could accommodate students if they opted to pray during the school day or needed to be in a different setting during lunch time.

“That memo, written primarily by our staff member, contained her name, in appreciation for her efforts in providing cultural enrichment to the community. Her experience and faith also provided staff members a resource to call upon should they have questions about Ramadan,” school principal Joe Potts wrote in a letter to parents on Tuesday.

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Two arrests after hate crime at Walsall mosque

Two man have been arrested for an alleged hate crime at a mosque.

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The incident happened on Tuesday night at Jamia Masjid Ghausia in Walsall when a man was racially assaulted.

Two men, aged 18 and 24, were later arrested and are still in police custody while investigations continue.

A statement from West Midlands Police said: “West Midlands Police stands together with all communities in the UK and we will take action against any criminal behaviour which seeks to undermine society, especially where crimes are motivated by hate.

“We would encourage anyone who is suffering from hate crime, to report the matter to us – we will take it seriously and deal with it sensitively.”

The mosque on Birchills Street, Birchills, is under Pakistani management and has a capacity for nearly 2,000 people. It is also known as the Pakistani Muslim Welfare Society.

No-one at the venue was available for comment.

Man gets 39 years for attempted murder of 2 Somali men

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Hennepin County Judge Kathryn Quaintance on Monday sentenced Anthony Sawina to 39 years in prison for the shooting of two Somali-American men in a car on their way to prayers.

The sentence is longer than what prosecutors had asked for after jurors convicted Sawina of nine felony counts last month, including attempted premeditated murder.

After the sentence was announced, Sawina sharply rebutted without raising his voice, as he told court officials, “You are the criminals here.”

“I don’t blame him for being upset. What he said afterwards I think was his reaction to an excessive sentence,” Sawina’s attorney, Murad Mohammad said in an interview outside the courtroom. “He probably shouldn’t have had an outburst in court like that.”

In court, Mohammad argued his client fired at the men in self-defense. One of Sawina’s friends who had been out drinking with Sawina at a Dinkytown bar the night of the shooting said it wasn’t justified.

Hate crimes against Muslims in Canada up 60%, StatsCan reports

Group says Conservative rhetoric during 2015 election campaign helped fuel increase in incidents

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The number of police-reported hate crimes against Muslims jumped by 60 per cent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to Statistics Canada.

New data released Tuesday show there were 159 anti-Muslim incidents reported to police that year, up from 99 the year before.

National Council of Canadian Muslims vice-chairman Khalid Elgazzar called 2015 a “difficult year” for Muslim Canadians, as two terrorist attacks in France inflamed anti-Muslim sentiment and former prime minister Stephen Harper made a woman’s right to wear a veil at citizenship ceremonies a “central issue” of the election campaign.

“The Canadian Muslim community bore the brunt of sinister political rhetoric surrounding the federal election which painted Muslims as terrorists or terrorist sympathizers as well as being anti-women,” he said during a news conference on Parliament Hill.

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