On Wednesday Heba Abolaban was harassed and intimidated by a man who blamed her for the Boston bombings. She was wearing a hijab, the Muslim headscarf, and pushing a stroller with her 9-month-old baby daughter.
"He was screaming 'F___ you Muslims! You are terrorists! I hate you! You are involved in the Boston explosions! F___ you!'" said Abolaban, who is a 26-year-old medical doctor from Syria.
"I was so afraid he might hurt my baby," she told the Boston Globe.
She reported the incident to the Malden police. "They were there within two minutes. They were so kind. They were so helpful," she told the Globe.
Meanwhile in NYC, a Bangladeshi man was beaten up by men whom the NYPost describes as "thugs" and "idiots."
"One of the guys asked if I was Arab. I just shook my head, said like, 'Yeah, whatever,'" Faruque said. He turned to head back inside as one of the men snarled, "Yeah, he's a f--king Arab," and the gang pounced, punching him on the head and body, dislocating his left shoulder and leaving him semiconscious.
Such attacks could be made more likely by anti-Muslim diatribes by the likes of Pamela Gellar, whose unpleasant article "Jihad Comes to Boston" received a lot of attention after the bombing. The suspects are now known to be caucasian Muslims, which sadly may also be cited as a motive for attacks on innocent Muslim Americans.
Via the NYPost, Boston Globe, and ABC.