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Letters: Shame on subway riders who didn’t help

Yasmin Seweid of New Hyde Park, right, with

Yasmin Seweid of New Hyde Park, right, with her brother, Abdoul. She said she was harassed on a New York City subway train Dec. 1 by three drunken men who tried to pull off her hijab. Photo Credit: Photo from Abdoul Seweid

The Dec. 4 news article headlined “‘I was crying all day” should have been called “New Yorkers ignore subway hate crime.”

A female Muslim college student was publicly harassed by three seemingly intoxicated male bullies, shouting about Donald Trump and calling her a terrorist. No person on the subway had the courage to intervene — or at the very least call for assistance. It’s a very sad day for New Yorkers.

No one should be surprised by the actions of the men who intimidated Yasmin Seweid, after this country elected a person who preaches intolerance and thrives on division. But to see fellow New Yorkers turn away from an 18-year-old woman who is being physically and verbally harassed is truly disheartening.

I’m glad this young woman spoke out, and I hope she finds justice.

Maureen Dwyer, Northport


The story about the young Muslim woman harassed on the train is a sad commentary on the climate of Islamophobia and hate that is prevailing in this country. This is the result of years of concerted efforts by a small but very resourceful group of Islamophobes. This hate-mongering was exacerbated by the rhetoric of Donald Trump and others during the election campaign.

What I find most disturbing in the story is that none of the fellow citizens who witnessed this harassment and assault by three men raised a finger. That is shameful.

Sam Shafi,Syosset


A woman the same age as my college freshman daughter stays late to clean up after a school function. On the way home, she is harassed and verbally and physically abused by drunken young men calling her a “terrorist” and telling her, “You don’t belong here.”

Her offense? Wearing a hijab. The witnesses did nothing to stand up for her. The men shouted the name of the president-elect, who is ostensibly a role model.

I have one word for the situation: deplorable. Is this what we have become?

Ev Mason, Bayville


Regarding the increase in hate crimes in New York and elsewhere, it seems as if it’s long overdue to start treating these crimes the same way we would treat terrorism [“NYC hate crimes up 35%,” News, Dec. 6]. Law enforcement should start investigating and making arrests.

Stew Frimer, Forest Hills


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