New York - Two Muslim women pushing their strollers were viciously attacked by a Brooklyn woman Thursday.
New York – Two Muslim women pushing their strollers were viciously attacked by a Brooklyn woman Thursday.
Emirjeta Xhelili, 32, of Brooklyn was charged with a hate crime after pouncing on two Muslim women and reportedly punching them in the face and kicking them. At one point, Xhelili tried to knock over the strollers carrying their children, police said.
Xhelili will face hate crime charges because she was reportedly screaming “get the f**k out of America” and called them “Muslim bitches.”
“She didn’t even care for the well-being of a baby – that’s how serious this hate crime is,” Assistant District Attorney Kelli Muse said, according to the New York Daily News.
Xhelili has been charged with misdemeanor assault as a hate crime and is being held on $50,000 bond. The names of the victims and their babies was not released. Their ages were 23 and 24.
The judge also issued an order of protection banning her from contacting either of the victims or their children, reported the London-based Daily Mail News.
The Daily Mail reported that Xhelili posted numerous hateful statements against Muslims and Islam just hours before the attacks.
“You can’t live in America and be a Muslim!,” posted Xhelili. “When you take the oath it says so help me God!! It doesn’t say hel me Allah!”
Xhelili, who posted her rants under the name “Mary Magdalene,” also expressed undying love for GOP Presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump.
“Can’t hide I love Trump,” she wrote. “When I had no hope and I thought everyone was bad, I looked at Trump goodness and speeches… And I had hope.”
The attack follows several in New York which have made Muslims more aware of becoming victims of violence because of their faith.
Earlier this month, Nazma Khanam, 60, was found stabbed in the chest and unconscious when police arrived at the scene of a hate crime.
In August, Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55 and his assistant Thara Uddin, 64, were both shot execution-style in the back of the head after leaving the mosque in Cypress Hills, a neighborhood in Queens this month. Both were Muslims from Bangladesh.
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio addressed mourners at their funeral and promised to provide extra police presence at mosques throughout the city.
But as attacks continue, Muslims feel less and less safe anywhere in New York.