Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Muslim Woman Allegedly Attacked; Blamed For Bombings

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU
 
Katarina Donating Member (753 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:22 PM
Original message
Muslim Woman Allegedly Attacked; Blamed For Bombings
<snip>
TAMPA, Fla. -- The owner of a jewelry kiosk at a mall in Tampa, who wears an Islamic head scarf, said she was physically and verbally assaulted by three people who told her to "get out of (America)" and said her religion is "hateful and violent."

The Florida Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked authorities to investigate the alleged assault on the Muslim woman at the Westshore Mall as a hate crime.

The assailants also allegedly blamed the woman for the recent Madrid train bombings, according to the woman.

During the assault, one of the attackers allegedly grabbed the victim's throat and attempted to remove her head scarf. The perpetrators fled when the victim ran to find mall security officers.

Police are currently investigating the incident as a case of simple battery.
http://www.local6.com/news/2983245/detail.html

:grr: :grr: :grr:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Catfight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:27 PM
Response to Original message
1. I live in the dumbest state in our Union!
I live in Tampa and know exactly where that is and it just doesn't shock me at all. I always say, turn the world upside down and everything loose falls into florida.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Katarina Donating Member (753 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:29 PM
Response to Reply #1
2. My saying is...
as a native Floridian....If the world were sick, Florida is where they would stick the thermometer. :evilfrown:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
ewagner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:43 PM
Response to Reply #2
7. I was raised in Florida
and left when it was Disneyfied in 1971.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:30 PM
Response to Reply #1
3. That's because you live in "America's Wang" as H. Simpson put it.
I live in the other state shaped like a body part.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:33 PM
Response to Reply #3
4. cape cod?
new jersey?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:48 PM
Response to Reply #3
9. Michigan?
n/t
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DenverDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:36 PM
Response to Reply #1
5. A lot of peckerwood morans in Florida,but
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 02:38 PM by DenverDem
it sure is beautiful. I loved playing golf 12 months a year.

We lived in Ponte Vedra Beach on the east coast near Jacksonville for seven years and loved it.

Politically, however, it is rotten. We were there during the 2000 election rip off and knew of the 20,000 ballots destroyed in the basement of Jacksonville's city hall that never made the news.

I worked on a state government task force studying information technology initiatives (eEntertainment was my sub-group) and had breakfast with Jeb one morning at the governor's mansion. I managed to keep my mouth shut and have a very ironic photo of me and fellow Texas alumnus Jeb giving the "Hook 'em Horns" hand sign.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
cybildisobedience Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:24 PM
Response to Reply #1
16. I've said it before, and I'll say it again --
Whenever you hear about something corrupt/awful/stupid/moran-ic, it's usually either in Texas or Florida.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
PfcHammer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:37 PM
Response to Original message
6. wanna trade spaces ?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Katarina Donating Member (753 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:49 PM
Response to Reply #6
21. Thanks but no thanks.
I did a year in Texas. I think that was enough for me. :evilgrin:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
CaptainClark23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:44 PM
Response to Original message
8. Simple battery?!
Not a hate crime?

Were there no witnesses? Or were the goddamn shoppers cheering the thugs on?

oh, how I would love to see those MF's on Coney Island Avenue. See how fecking tough they are.

sickening. I cannot remain pacifist anymore. I'm not keen on civil war, but I would take up arms against that sort of violent and mindless bigotry.

Never start the violence, but do not abide it.

No more of this shit. Fight back. Hard.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Aidoneus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:55 PM
Response to Original message
10. these dumbfucks exhibit the most supreme irony
"We're beating you up because we think you're hateful & violent!"--no, genius, that's you.. close, but no cigar.

A case of simple battery.. quite obviously no "hate crime", of course.. move along people, nothing to see here!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Imperialism Inc. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:05 PM
Response to Reply #10
12. That struck me as well.
I'm going to hatefully inflict violence on you because you are hateful and violent?

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
benfranklin1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:16 PM
Response to Reply #10
23. Those morons could not even spell irony let alone understand its meaning.
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 04:18 PM by benfranklin1776
It is barbarous knuckle draggers like these felonious punks who should get the hell "out of America." We don't need them and we don't want them since they do nothing but drag this country down. They are a cancer.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
ET Awful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:01 PM
Response to Original message
11. So let me get this right. . . .
They're yelling at her, hitting her, showing her how much they hate her while telling her that she's hateful and violent?

Ummmm, there's something extremely f'ed up about this. Some people are so moronic it's pitiful.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
David__77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:11 PM
Response to Original message
13. The left must firmly stand up for Muslims and Arabs.
We cannot tolerate this racism and mob antics.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:46 PM
Response to Reply #13
18. Yes, the "left" must show we can be the lion,...
,...that protects the lambs,...not merely herds them.

This form of abuse cannot be tolerated.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Iceburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:16 PM
Response to Original message
14. Meanwhile in the Hinterland (Canada) diversity has run amok..
Buddha, I love this country ...
this article truly illustrates the canadian POV

From Windsor Star, Monday March 15

Muslim woman finds naval reserve good fit
She's a pioneer in Canada's military

By Don Lajoie Star Staff Reporter

Monday, March 15, 2004
Sub Lieut. Wafa Dabbagh stands next to other officers at the HMCS Hunter.

ADVERTISEMENT

If the navy ever needed a poster to promote "diversity" in the forces, Wafa Dabbagh would make the perfect model.

You can see the "welcome aboard" in her broad smile and eyes that shine with the pride of two traditions, one embodied in her navy blue uniform, the other in the hijab, or head covering, she wears on duty from her religious convictions as a Muslim woman.

And, most importantly, Dabbagh would not be a model paid to play the role.

She is, in fact, Sub Lieut. Wafa Dabbagh, logistics officer at HMCS Hunter of the naval reserve and the first "covered Muslim woman" in the Canadian military.

Growing up in Egypt and Kuwait, the Palestinian-born Dabbagh says, the idea she might one day set sail as an officer aboard a Canadian warship never entered her mind.

And it might not have come to pass had she not made a wrong turn at the Canada Employment office on University Avenue eight years ago.

Dabbagh had just come to Windsor from Montreal, where she had emigrated from Kuwait in 1990, and was looking for work.

But when she arrived at the federal government building on University Avenue, she walked in the east entrance rather than the west and found herself in the Canadian Forces recruiting office.

"I was told Employment Canada was at the other end of the building," she recalled. "I turned around to walk out. Then I stopped and asked, ?what do you have here?' The recruiter told me about the services and the different trades. I said ?i'm interested. Count me in.'"

At first, her brother and sister did not believe that Dabbagh, a 34-year-old single woman with a bachelor of science and master's of business administration degrees, aspired to be a swabee.

"They thought it was a phase I was going through," she said. "But when I went for basic training the third time, they knew I meant what I said."

She said her first training was as a non-commissioned member. To become an officer, she had to undergo 12 weeks training that stressed leadership. But while on the obstacle course, she fell from the rope ladder and fractured a rib. When that healed, she returned.

"The captain said he'd never seen anyone who figured out what they had to go through in basic training come back for more."

But Dabbagh had never been one to conform. As a 17-year-old living in Kuwait, she made the decision to wear the hijab against the wishes of her father, a pediatrician who, though religious, feared her choice would make her rigid and intolerant. But Dabbagh argued her decision was "liberating."

She said that according to her religious beliefs, a woman who uses makeup, wears figure-hugging clothing and a stylish coif risks becoming a sexual object despite her other qualities. By covering her body and head, she forces the world to judge her on intellect, ability and character.

"To me that's freedom."

Her convictions have never interfered with her service in the military, she said. But she acknowledged that, at first, the military was uncertain. Dabbagh recalled being called into the commanding officer's office after she received her commission.

"He closed the door and said, ?we don't know what to do with you. We checked the records in Ottawa, all the commands, navy, army, air force, regular and reserve.' But they'd never had a covered muslim woman before.

"I replied ?I can't drink or eat pork. But I can do anything. What you see is what you get, sir.'"

Since then, the navy has proved accommodating.

First, they found her a uniform that is not form fitting, consisting of maternity smocks and calf-length skirts. She wears the hijab on duty. When it comes to dietary strictures, the galley goes out of its way to provide meals that do not include forbidden ingredients. She is free to pray in privacy.

"I cannot stress how much the military has been accommodating and respectful," she said. "Once I came in the galley and they were having chicken. When I took some the cook said ?that's not for you, it was wrapped in bacon. We have something special.' It was touching, overwhelming really."

After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S., Dabbagh received e-mails from Navy personnel across Canada telling her if she experienced "any problems" to let them know.

Lieut. Chris Gagnon, of HMCS Hunter, said that's because Dabbagh "fits in very well" despite minor adjustments of uniform and menu. "She's a great colleague, always enthusiastic and pitches in with all of us. There are 70 people in this unit and she gets along with everyone."

Dabbagh has served aboard warships on both coasts and on bases across Canada. The proudest day of her life was when she stood, trembling and holding back tears to become a Canadian citizen. She has lived everywhere from Egypt and Kuwait to the U.S. But her family chose Canada because it's respected in the Middle East.

"I left Palestine at 18 months and haven't been back, except for one week when I was three," said the Leamington resident, whose regular job is as a weather monitor at Windsor Airport. "Canada is where I belong."
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Catfight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:41 PM
Response to Reply #14
17. Canada looks better and better every day...
it dumbya gets 4 more, I'm moving across the border to the free side.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Katarina Donating Member (753 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:47 PM
Response to Reply #17
19. Catfight...
Can we start a Florida train to Canada? Swing on over to the east coast and we can start a convoy up the coast. :evilgrin:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Iceburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:08 PM
Response to Reply #19
22. It would not be the first time Canada ran an underground railway
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 04:28 PM by Iceburg
- between 1775-1783, an estimated 50,000 Loyalists fled to Canada

- between 1840 and 1860 more than 30,000 American slaves
came secretly to Canada and to Freedom.

- during the Vietnam war, an estimated 30,000 draft dodgers
took up residence in Canada

Our teepee is very large.

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
northernsoul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:10 PM
Response to Reply #22
26. well, 'cept for when the Acadians were forcibly displaced
but I hold the English Monarchy responsible for that one. There's no country on earth without a few warts.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Catfight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:58 PM
Response to Reply #19
24. If Bush gets 4 more, count me in Katarina. n/t
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
david_vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:08 PM
Response to Reply #19
25. Don't forget me!
I love butter tarts, Michel Pagliaro, Shreddies, Molson beer, and most of all, hockey, the best game you can name!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:48 PM
Response to Reply #14
20. You wouldn't happen to be a financially secure, mature, Canadian male,...
,...seeking an instant family (single, highly educated mom with a teenage son),...would you?

:bounce:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:18 PM
Response to Original message
15. This guy is now going to be a felon
That means one less vote for Bush in Florida!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
methinks2 Donating Member (894 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:51 PM
Response to Original message
27. This is racism and the ACLU should be notified
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Wed Oct 22nd 2014, 05:42 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC