New York city’s growing hate epidemic spread yesterday when for the second time in a week, a Muslim woman was taunted on a train and accused of being a terrorist, reports the New York Daily News. Soha Salama, a transit worker, was wearing her uniform and a hijab when a passenger harassed her around aboard a Manhattan-bound train. “He attacked me,” Salama said the Daily News. “He called me a terrorist and told me to go back to your country.” The assailant, described by police as an Hispanic man, then pushed the mother of four as she was walking up a flight of stairs.
Police say hate crimes in the city more than doubled last month, with more than 43 cases, compared with just 20 in November 2015. Mayor Bill de Blasio ripped into Donald Trump, saying the President-elect said horrible things that set the tone of hatred in the U.S. Last month, state Sen. Brad Hoylman was targeted three separate times with anti-Semitic hate. Hoylman found a swastika carved into his Greenwich Village apartment: “Anti-Semite named to Trump White House post. Connect the dogs.” On Nov. 19, a pamphlet featuring a masked figure with a sword slashing through symbols of Islam, peace, the gay and lesbian community and Judaism was sent to his home.