This is not the first incident of its kind in Belgium.
Rabat – A driver harassed and attempted to run into two veiled Muslim women while they were picking up their children from school on Friday, March 22, in Uccle, Belgium.
The two Muslim women, Nabila and her sister Kautar, were at a pedestrian crossing when the driver began to swear at them and make Islamophobic comments, before attempting to hit the women with his car.
He then sped off. The women were able to write down his license plate and make a formal complaint to the police, who arrested the attacker not long after.
Nabila told the Brussels Times, “In the ten years that we have been here, we have never experienced any problems. I’m still in shock.”
However, this is not the first incident of its kind in Belgium. In December 2018, a veiled woman of Moroccan origin walking down the street with her 10-year-old daughter was punched in the face. A CCTV camera captured the incident, and the woman could be seen falling to the ground screaming after the attacker ran off.
In 2018, the Collective against Islamophobia in Belgium (CCIB) provided further insight into Islamophobic attacks in Belgium. In a report, CCIB revealed that they had opened 90 investigations into Islamophobic attacks in 2018. Seventy-six percent of the victims were women.
The collective estimated that an Islamophobic attack occurs once every two days in Belgium on average. They also found Islamophobia is most often expressed in the media and on the internet (29 percent), in general society (17 percent), in education (16 percent), and at work (14 percent).