Man assaults Muslim woman following reports of ‘dark-skinned’ Boston bombing suspect

By David Edwards
Thursday, April 18, 2013 15:21 EDT
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A Muslim woman in Boston says that she was attacked by a white man on on Wednesday morning because he was apparently enraged by the Boston Marathon bombings and convinced, despite a lack of evidence, that the perpetrators were Muslim.

Heba Abolaban told Malden Patch that she and her friend, who were both wearing hijabs, were walking on Commercial Street with their children when a white male in his thirties punched her in her left shoulder.

“He was screaming ‘Fuck you Muslims! You are terrorists! I hate you! You are involved in the Boston explosions! Fuck you!’” she recalled. “Oh my lord, I was extremely shocked.”

“I did not say anything to him,” she added. “Not even that we aren’t terrorists… he was so aggressive.”

After about two minutes of confrontation, the man left and Abolaban called her husband and police.

She said the police were “kind and helpful,” but no arrests had been made.

The attack came the same day that CNN falsely reported that a “dark-skinned male” had been arrested in connection to the Boston Marathon bombings, and the day before the The New York Post published a photo of a “person of interest” with dark skin — who turned out to be Moroccan-American high school track runner.

Since Tuesday, two police officers have been stationed outside the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, the city’s largest mosque. Wayland Police Chief Robert Irving has also offered additional support to the Islamic Center of Boston.

“We do increase our presence there, mostly just for the comfort of the people that go there,” Irving told Patch on Wednesday. “It reminds me of after 9/11, I did the same thing. I want to make sure they understand we’ll be extra vigilant and make sure their people and property are safe.”

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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