Jewish women assaulted in New York after attacker mistook them for Muslims

Hate crimes have soared since Donald Trump imposed travel ban on Muslim-majority nations.

Record number of anti-semitic hate incidents reported in first six months of 2017Newsweek

Two Orthodox Jewish women were assaulted in New York by a man who mistook them for Muslims.

The mother and daughter, aged 57 and 37, were beaten at a subway station in Queens, on Wednesday afternoon (13 September).

Eyewitnesses said their attacker shouted "Go back to your f***ing country you dirty Muslims," at the women as they were walking toward the exit of the 67th Avenue station in Forest Hills.

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When the younger woman asked him to repeat his insult, the man reportedly spat at her and said: "Get out of my country, you dirty Muslim." He then started to punch both women's faces and bodies.

Police arrested the man, who has been named as 40-year-old Dimitrios Zias, and charged him with assault as a hate crime.

Zias was previously arrested in 2015 for aiming his cellphone camera up a woman's skirt in a New York department store.

Hate crimes against Muslims have soared since President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning citizens of several Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.

The number of Islamophobic incidents involving US Customs and Border Protection Officials rose by almost 1,000% in the first six months after Trump took office, according to a report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

In total, CAIR recorded 260 anti-Muslim crimes in the first six months of 2017, including physical attacks against individuals and places of worship, in addition to 2,123 anti-Muslim incidents, including cases of companies banning their employees from wearing a hijab and prisoners being prevented from having a Quran in their cell.

Laura Pitter, a senior national security counsel for Human Rights Watch (HRW), called on Trump to publicly condemn Islamophobic attacks.

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"Trump should be much more forceful in speaking out against acts of violent intolerance, especially since his own rhetoric and executive actions have so consistently scapegoated Muslims," she said.

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