Muslim woman attacked on London Underground as people “stand and watch”

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A man accused of attacking a Muslim woman, by trying to pull her hijab off her head in London’s Baker Street Underground station (Twitter)
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Image of Aniso Abdlkadir posted on her Twitter account (Twitter)
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Image of Aniso Abdlkadir posted on her Twitter account (Twitter)
Updated 16 July 2017

Muslim woman attacked on London Underground as people “stand and watch”

DUBAI: A young Muslim woman was attacked on the London Underground by a man who tried to pull her hijab off, before hitting her and spitting at her friend.

She posted a tweet, highlighting the incident shortly after and now that has gone viral, with more than 24,000 retweets and 15,000 likes.

The woman was waiting in Baker Street station in the early hours of Saturday when the man approached Aniso Abdlkadir, MailOnline reported.

Now police in London have confirmed they are investigating a hate crime and are hunting the man involved in the vicious attack.

Posting Twitter, Abdulkadir wrote: “This man at Baker Street station forcefully attempted to pull my hijab off and when I instinctively grabbed ahold of my scarf he hit me.”

She added in a post: “He proceeded to verbally abuse my friends and I, pinning one of them against the wall and spitting in her face.”

She explained that a woman, who is also pictured in the photograph, threw out threats and “was also verbally abusive.”

Her friend added that there were up to 30 people on the platform at the time of the attack, but did nothing to help, instead she said they watched in silence and filmed the incident.

She said: “Racism is a real thing people choose to ignore, we really do live in a pathetic society where people are all talk and completely useless… I’d just like to take a moment to emphasize on my disgust on the people who witnessed a grown man pull an 18 year olds hijab and remain silent.”

A police spokesman said: “Behavior like this is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated. This incident has been reported to us and we’re investigating.”

Saudi Arabia ‘has a case’ in complaint over World Cup ‘politicization’ by Qatar’s BeIN

Updated 19 June 2018

Saudi Arabia ‘has a case’ in complaint over World Cup ‘politicization’ by Qatar’s BeIN

  • Broadcast of political messages in coverage forbidden, analyst confirms.
  • Saudi football federation urges FIFA to sanction the Doha-owned channel.

LONDON: Saudi Arabia has a justified case in complaining to FIFA over the “politicization” of the World Cup by the Qatari broadcaster BeIN Sports, a prominent TV analyst has said.
A flurry of comments by hosts and pundits aired on BeIN’s Arabic station prompted the Saudi Arabian Football Federation to complain to FIFA this week, saying the broadcaster was using the football tournament to spread political messages aimed at insulting Saudi Arabia and its leaders.
In its complaint, the federation called on FIFA to take severe sanctions against the Qatari channel and to abolish the rights granted to the network.
One BeIN commentator accused Saudi Arabia of “selling out the Palestinian cause,” while a Doha-based international footballer invited on the channel was allowed to call for an end to the year-long boycott of Qatar by neighbors Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.
Constantinos Papavassilopoulos, principal TV research analyst at IHS Markit Technology, said that politicized coverage was expressly forbidden by world football’s governing body as well as the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
“FIFA and UEFA forbid the transmission of political messages during football matches for which they control the rights. It’s not only comments by the broadcasters — but even banners; everything (political) is forbidden,” the analyst told Arab News.
“So messages about Palestine, about political things, are not allowed.”
Papavassilopoulos said that if there is evidence of such cases, authorities in the Kingdom would be justified in taking the matter to FIFA.
“If there are video clips that show BeIN media personnel speaking against Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia has a case,” he said.
But whether FIFA will take any action against BeIN is another matter. Papavassilopoulos pointed to the fact that BeIN is a valued client of FIFA — it bought the rights to host the World Cup across the Middle East and North Africa — and that Qatar plans to host the tournament in 2022.
“BeIN media is a very good client for FIFA. And don’t forget that Qatar is the country that will host the 2022 World Cup,” he said. “It’s going to be very very hard for FIFA to impose penalties on BeIN media knowing that Qatar will hold the next World Cup.”
Some of the biggest names in Arab sport have signed a petition to protest against BeIN’s politicization of World Cup coverage, urging FIFA President Gianni Infantino to investigate the coverage.
FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment when contacted by Arab News.