A Muslim woman in Milwaukee was attacked as she walked home from prayer in what appears to be another anti-Islamic hate crime.
The woman said a car pulled up alongside her while she was walking on the sidewalk, and she knew that an attack was coming.
“I said to myself, I am going to die today for sure. So he gets up from the car and told me to come here. And one man came from the car. He said to take my hijab, my scarf. I tried to fight him. ‘Don’t take my hijab,’ you know? So he threw me on the floor then he beat me like an animal.”
The attacker was able to overpower the woman and pull off the scarf, which was retrieved after the attack, stained with the victim’s blood.
The victim said that the unidentified attacker threw her down, and then repeatedly stomped on her head.
Once she was defenseless, the attacker took out a knife and continued the attack, slashing her multiple times while calling her names and swearing at her.
Staggering home injured after the attack, the victim had a seizure and was taken to the hospital.
Munjed Ahmad, of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, gave a statement after the attack as the woman was still hospitalized due to her injuries.
“Certainly we’re scared for our community members. As an Islamic community, we want to make sure our community is always safe. The initial reaction is shock. Nothing was stolen. There was no robbery. Her valuables remain with her. The only motive we can think of — because everything stayed with her and this individual went straight for her scarf, is a hate crime.”
Police say they are investigating and there is no suspect in custody at this time. They have yet to confirm that the attack is being treated as a hate crime.