NEWCASTLE – Crying and shaking, Khadija Mohamed, a Newcastle Muslim nurse can’t remove the image of her attacker who targeted her two days after Woolwich attack.
“I felt a tug on the back of my scarf and noticed I was on the floor,” Khadija, 22, told Fox News on Wednesday, October 23.
"A middle aged man was standing over me saying 'You're one of them, you're one of them,' really aggressively."
Khadija fought to free herself while passersby shouted at the man to leave her alone.
The incident occurred in May 2013, just two days after the murder of drummer Lee Rigby.
“I remember just being so scared, crying, shaking,” she said, while wiping her tears.
"It's saddening that not even a Muslim, but a woman, can be attacked so vigorously in broad daylight.
"But I find it quite overwhelming that people thought to help me."
Being freed from the hands of her attacker, she fled to the bus stop and went home.
She didn't report the attack to the police or the hospital.
The number of anti-Islamic attacks has increased as much as tenfold in the days that followed the Woolwich murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.
A recent research published last June by The Independent newspaper showed that between 40 and 60 per cent of mosques and other Islamic centers (around 700) had been targeted since 9/11.
The research warned that Islamophobic attacks spreading across Britain have also targeted Muslims at home in the past month.
A series of attacks against Muslim targets included three terrorist bombings targeted at different mosques in West Midlands in July.
Tell Mama project, which monitors anti-Muslim attacks in Britain, has also reported 212 “anti-Muslim incidents” after the Woolwich attack.
The figure included 11 attacks on mosques, in a series manifestation of anti-Muslim sentiments.
Months after the attack, Khadija chose to speak out against the attack and stereotypes wrongly connected with Islam.
"At the time I didn't really feel the need to because I've always felt so safe at the hospital,” Khadija said.
"But the main purpose of speaking out now is so that people understand that Muslims are just regular people.
“We're just regular human beings like everyone else."
Britain is home to a sizable Muslim minority of nearly 2.7 million.
In 2011, think tank Demo found that Muslims in the United Kingdom are more patriotic than the rest of population.
Responding to the statement “I am proud to be a British citizen”, 83% of Muslims said they are proud of being British.
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