November 22/23, 2019 "Information
Clearing House" -A pregnant 31-year-old Muslim woman wearing
a headscarf was injured in an Islamophobic attack in
Rana Elasmar, was punched and kicked by
43-year-old resident Stipe Lozina, while she was
sitting in a cafe with her friends, who were also
wearing headscarves, New South Wales Police
department said on Thursday.
Lozina used racist slurs at the victim and was
remanded into custody, was refused bail to
next appear on December 5.
Elasmar was discharged from the hospital after
Ms Elasmar said she had experienced verbal abuse
and hate in the past but never thought “physical
abuse of this nature could happen to me”.
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The verbal abuse was “already too
much,” a feeling which Ms Elasmar said
the Islamic community shares.
“It is NOT ok. How somebody feels like they have
the right to abuse another human being baffles me.
It shows a lack of humanity. It shows weakness,” she
The man who attacked her “verbalised his hatred
of Muslims prior to hitting me” but “he neither
knows me, nor my religion,” she said.
“I do not want this attack to happen to anyone
ever again. I want to see a world where people
defend one another against cowardly acts like this
and band together to protect the victims.
“We cannot allow behaviour like this to become
the norm and sit silent.”
Ms Elasmar also thanked her friends and the
members of the public who helped her.
“The overwhelming support I have received is a
reflection that this was a story that many can
relate to,” she wrote on Facebook.
“We are mothers, wives, daughters and we deserve
to feel safe wherever we go. We deserve a night out
to unwind without being fearful of an attack like
this happening again.
“I fear for the world our children will grow up
in, if this issue is not addressed.
“I call all Australians, Muslim or non-muslims, of
all faiths and cultures to come together, as you
have already done for me, and voice your solidarity
in protecting innocent people from any future
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