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Ayesha Mian, left of Arlington, Va., and Salma Hasan Ali, of Washington, attend a Friday prayer service during a gathering of Muslims outside the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in the wake of the murder of three young North Carolina Muslims. The gathering was in memory of the Chapel Hill shooting victims, and to press federal authorities for a hate crime investigation. "I identify myself with a strong Muslim identity," says Mian, "and this event has struck me to my core." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Two Muslim women with strollers were attacked by a woman yelling 'you don't belong here'



Two Muslim women pushing their babies in strollers down the street were reportedly attacked in New York by a woman yelling anti-Muslim sentiments, CNN reported  on Saturday.

Thirty-two-year-old Emirjeta Xhelili allegedly tried to rip the womens' hijabs off their heads on Thursday, shouting "this is the United States of America, you're not supposed to be different from us."

The mothers and their babies were not hurt, CNN reported -- but Xhelili was arrested, and authorities are treating the incident as a hate crime.

Xhelili was charged with assault and reckless endangerment of a child, CNN reported. 

Hate crimes against Muslims in America have reportedly been on the rise as of late.

In July, the Council on American-Islamic Relations <b>published data</b> showing that "bias incidents" against Muslims in California increased by 58 percent between 2014 and 2015.

Hate crimes against Muslims also spiked following the terrorist attacks in Paris, France and San Bernardino, California last year. According to <b>a report from New York Times</b>, the rate of suspected anti-Muslim hate crimes in America tripled in the wake of those attacks. 

Rasheed Albeshari, a Muslim woman, posted a video on Facebook of her harrasser.

The Council on Islamic Relations is urging the Brooklyn District Attorney's office to take Thursday's alleged hate crime seriously, and "[send] the message that hate attacks targeting any minority group will not be tolerated."

As the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks approaches, the group also urged mosques to increase security measures "which some may use as an excuse to attack American Muslims."

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