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.”

Arab films set for Red Sea Film Festival screening

Updated 24 February 2020

Arab films set for Red Sea Film Festival screening

  • MBC Group to support young film makers with training from industry professionals

LONDON: Young Arab film makers will have the opportunity to have their work showcased at next month’s Red Sea International Film Festival as investment in Saudi cinema gathers pace.

The Red Sea International Film Festival has announced a partnership with MBC Group, which will also broadcast the event’s opening ceremony on March 12.

As part of the deal, MBC Al Amal, MBC’s corporate social responsibility arm, will hold a Shorts pitch competition.

Ten short film projects will be selected from Saudi Arabia and the MENA region, with filmmakers being given a one-day workshop to prepare for a pitching session. 

Italian director and producer Stefano Tealdi will train the candidates to strengthen their skills and give them tips for better pitches, MBC said.

“We strongly believe that this new generation of talent is key in influencing change and creating the difference to the region’s media and entertainment content landscape, which of course includes independent film and mainstream cinema,” said Peter Smith, managing director of MBC Studios.

The region’s biggest broadcaster will also host talent days on March 17 and 18 to support Saudi scriptwriters, directors and producers.

The inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival takes place March 12-21 in Jeddah Old Town, under the theme “Changing the Script.” It aims to support and help grow Saudi Arabia’s emerging film industry which is attracting a slew of investment from homegrown dramas shot in the Kingdom to the construction of cinemas countrywide.

Real estate broker CBRE estimates that 45 new cinemas are expected to open this year.

The boom in cinema construction coincides with a push to develop the domestic Saudi film industry.

That is being driven by both the big and small screen as video-on-demand players that include MBC, Netflix and Amazon compete to deliver content that speaks to a young Arab audience.