Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Ottumwa, Iowa. AP Photo - Jae C. Hong

Muslim woman kicked out out of Trump rally

AS DONALD Trump questioned the motives of Syrian refugees at a Friday night rally, saying they "probably are ISIS,"a woman sitting in the stands of the sports arena behind him silently stood. She was wearing a white hijab and a blue T-shirt reading, "Salam, I come in peace."

Trump kept speaking, but soon the crowd erupted, holding up their campaign signs and chanting: "Trump! Trump! Trump!" That was the formal signal for security to remove her from the rally -- even though she stood quietly, not saying anything. She was joined by several other protesters, all wearing yellow eight-pointed stars, reminiscent of the six-pointed stars Jews were forced by the Nazis to wear on their clothing during the Holocaust. On the eight-pointed stars, a common symbol in the Islamic world, was this message: "Stop Islamophobia."

The woman is Rose Hamid, a 56-year-old flight attendant who is Muslim, according to CNN. After being escorted out by security officers and campaign representatives, Hamid told CNN in an interview that some of the Trump supporters sitting near her were kind and apologised as she was led out.

But she said others accused her of having a bomb or shouted: "Get out!"

"This demonstrates how when you start dehumanizing the other it can turn people into very hateful, ugly people," Hamid told CNN. "It needs to be known."

Read more at the New Zealand Herald


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