Islamophobic Attack at Macquarie University

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Mrs Alamudi, a Muslim woman who was preparing to celebrate her completion of a medical science degree at Macquarie University with her husband Mr Alamudi, was stared down by a fellow student in the university car park on Friday. Confused by the situation, Mrs Alamudi smiled and waved at the woman.

According to a Facebook post by Mr Alamudi, the woman then stuck up her rude finger and ran towards the car. A video filmed by Mrs Alamudi shows the woman verbally harassing the couple and telling Alamudi to take her niqab off, saying ‘fuck you, take it off’.

The recording of the incident shows the attacker continuing to demand that the Muslim woman to take her niqab off, bash on the windows, and call the Macquarie graduate a ‘terrorist’.

PLEASE WATCHNOTE: All racist comments will be deleted. The reason we're posting this is to identify racism/discrimination, not further it. By making racist comments, you're only adding to the problem.Yesterday, a special occasion for my wife and I, with her completing her final exam in her medical science degree. We were super excited to make our way out of the university to go celebrate.However, things took a sudden shift… for the worse. As we were quietly minding our own business, my wife sharing how she aced her exam, there was a lady staring at us … viciously… from a distance.As we entered the car, my wife (who wears an Islamic veil – niqab) decides to smile politely and wave innocently at the lady assuming everything was good… This is where the entire situation just turned upside down. The lady flips it and sticks her middle finger right at us! Me, being completely dumbfounded “Ah, Is everything ok?!”. At this point, she blows up in a rage… starts pointing at my wife and screaming “F**k you! Take it off!!” (referring to my wife’s veil). She then runs towards our car and I urge my wife to lock her door and start recording if anything happens…The video will tell you the rest of the story… she keys my car, pounds on my window and continues to hurl racial and discriminatory slurs at my wife “Take it off! You Muslim Terrorist! Who the f**k are you?”I refused to just brush off the situation knowing that she may harm other people on campus who are identifiably Muslim.I only reacted after she was going to snap off my wipers (it was a rainy day!) I moved the abusive woman away from my wife until several witnesses assisted in the attempt to neutralize her till security came. My wife stopped recording to call security. Here is the witnesses video (http://bit.ly/fb-islamophobia)To make matters worse, after her being forced away by Macquarie uni security (who did an excellent job), did we all suddenly realize she had an infant in the car! Her hate clearly held priority over her child.The abusive woman who, unfortunately, is a student at Macquarie University. I have complete trust that the university they will take the necessary measures to prevent this harm occurring to other students.Unfortunately, this type of Islamophobia isn't isolated to this one individual and incident. Rather, it is an overarching systematic issue in our society that continues to be bred by the propaganda of some media and some politicians. Dehumanizing Muslims. This is the problem.An unfavorable circumstance for my wife and I, However, I'm at least glad this happened to us as opposed to another innocent person who may not have been capable of defending themselves.

Nai-post ni Ramzy Alamudi noong Sabado, Enero 21, 2017

 

Mr Alamudi decided to get out of the car once the woman attempted to break his windscreen wipers. He then moved the woman away from his wife, with the assistance of witnesses, until security came.

Other witness footage demonstrates the attacker insisting that wearing the niqab in Australia is illegal, after which she demands to see the Muslim woman’s ID.

Once security arrived the attacker apparently said that she acted out of fear for herself and her son, as she didn’t know what could be hiding under the woman’s dress.

PLEASE WATCH!!Never in my life have I been unfortunate enough to witness such repulsive behavior from one human being to another.Getting in my car at a Macquarie University car park this afternoon I noticed an altercation between a man of middle eastern ethnicity and an Asian woman, pushing and shoving each other, both calling out for help. As myself and another bystander approach the two, we made the shocking discovery that this poor man was actually trying to fight off this woman from his wife, who was sitting inside their car behind him. This deranged woman had the nerve to attack his wife because of the burka she was dressed in, claiming she 'didn't feel safe' around people like her. She was demanding this man show her some form of ID, calling out that she didn't belong here, and that we shouldn't let her walk around freely because we didn't know what she could have hiding under her dress. The whole time this woman was having her rant, her baby was sitting in her unlocked car, meters from where she was hurling abuse. Yes, she had left her infant child in the car to run over and launch herself at an innocent couple minding their business. It makes me feel sick to know we coexist in a world where this happens so frequently, people thinking they have the right to belittle someone else because of their race or religion – to see what absolute shit some people actually have to deal with. Just listen to the garbage she kept repeating!!I'm sorry ma'am, in my opinion the only ones who don't 'belong' here are racist people like yourself who have the nerve to discriminate and abuse innocent people. That is as un-Australian as they come.First hand footage from the incident: https://www.facebook.com/ralamudi/posts/1387266844657903

Nai-post ni Emily Grace Guff noong Huwebes, Enero 19, 2017

 

The couple have spoken to the police in regards to the damage the attacker cause to their car, the physical harm to Mr Alamudi and hate speech. Unfortunately, in terms of the attacker’s discriminatory verbal abuse, the police informed the couple that there wasn’t anything they could charge her with.

When Grapeshot spoke with Mrs Alamudi today she had this to say:

‘I was scared of the thought of ever going back on campus. This woman did make me feel anxious. But after coming to terms with it, I realized that I should not let it be something that discourages me. There are many deranged and paranoid individuals out there. We need to take everything day by day with wisdom, calmness, and patience.’

The couple has served on the executive board for the Muslim Students Association between 2014-2015, where they worked closely with Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Deidre Anderson. ‘They are aware of issues of Islamophobia we face as a community and hopefully ensure the safety of the students on campus by removing her,’ Mrs Alamudi says. Mr Alamudi has praised the effective action of the Macquarie University security personnel.

An official Macquarie University spokesperson has told Grapeshot: ‘Macquarie University can confirm that an incident involving three students took place on our North Ryde campus on Friday 20th January. On notification of the incident our trained security team attended the scene to assist and then immediately notified local police who were on site shortly thereafter. The matter is now under full investigation with the police. Macquarie University takes matters of this nature incredibly seriously. We are very proud of our diverse community and are committed to religious acceptance and the free expression of faith. A full review is currently underway.’

By recording the incident the couple hopes that people become more aware of how prevalent Islamophobia really is. Mrs Alamudi views the attack as a repercussion of the the political agenda of the Australian government, in addition to the way Muslims are portrayed in the media.

‘[The attacker] alone isn’t the issue, she is a product of the systematic racism of the media and political agendas of our country. The ideas that this woman holds are not something she just came up with, it was created by fear mongering and the dehumanisation of Muslims.’

UPDATE: The woman has been charged by police with damage of property and common assault. She will appear at Burwood Local Court on March 13.