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Local Officials Condemn Attack On Two Muslim Women & Their Babies

The intersection of Bay 20th Street and Cropsey Avenue, where two Muslim women pushing baby strollers were assaulted last Thursday. (Photo: Google Maps)

A shocking assault on two Muslim women and their babies, just days before the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, has been condemned by local leaders.

Emirjeta Xhelili, 32, allegedly kicked, punched in the face and shouted slurs at two Muslim women pushing baby strollers near Bay 20th Street and Cropsey Avenue last Thursday afternoon, and also attempted to push over one of the baby’s strollers, according to news reports.

Xhelili is a resident of Bath Beach, reports the Daily News.

“Get the f–k out of here,” Xhelili allegedly yelled, according to the News. “Get the f–k out of America, b—–s….This is America — you shouldn’t be different from us.”

Xhelili also reportedly tried to rip the women’s veils off their heads during the assault.

City Council Member Mark Treyger released the following statement Saturday in response to reports of the attack:

“I would like to strongly commend Captain Anthony V. Sanseverino and the entire 62nd Precinct for their swift apprehension of an individual that assaulted two Muslim women and their young children in Bensonhurst simply because of their faith.

The person responsible has been charged with a hate crime, a felony assault, and I am strongly urging the District Attorney’s office to uphold this serious charge and deliver justice. This vicious hate crime has no place in our community. An attack on one person is an attack against us all, and we must all stand together against hate.”

Xhelili was arraigned Friday in Brooklyn Criminal Court. She was ordered held on a $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash bail, according to news reports.

Some news outlets have noted that Xhelili’s family hails from Albania, a Muslim-majority country in the Balkans. She has allegedly posted anti-Islamic statements on Facebook, along with praise for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

In response to Xhelili’s arrest, local Assemblywoman Pamela Harris said over the weekend that “we can’t ignore the blatant anti-Muslim attacks that are spiking throughout New York City. Discrimination affects all of us, and we must continue to fight back as one united community.”

“Our community is an incredibly diverse place, with respect being the common bond holding us together,” Harris added.

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  1. All i can say is fuck all they Muslims All the bad shit they do to America is all okay but when some america slaps one of they rag heads it a hate crime and than make the bond so high the can’t get out . But when the rag head does something he not charged with a hate crime and he let out the next day our government needs to start being American start treating us American right and start hating these rag heads for who they are wake up they hate America why are you lying to us people Muslims hate us all of them hate us it all a act on there part wake up AMERICA WAKE UP .

  2. The problem isn’t with the Muslims. It’s with the way the bias crime laws are written and enforced. It is very difficult to prove a bias crime against a person from the majority race/religion (gender is a separate matter since there are more females than males, but it’s much easier to call something a bias crime against a woman than against a man). Personally, I don’t think we should have bias crime laws. The law should be applied equally to all offenders, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Unfortunately, this can’t be the case as long as the American people are incapable of being completely objective about those factors.

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