OKLAHOMA CITY — Jenan Ayesh, while standing with members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma, said Friday that she’s still shaken and upset by what she calls an unprovoked attack.
“It was very hard for me to experience this,” said Ayesh, a Muslim-American living in Oklahoma. “She got really agitated with us.”
Ayesh, who has lived in Enid for eight years, was in Dallas during the New Year’s weekend when she was verbally and physically attacked by a stranger because she was wearing a religious headscarf, called a hijab.
“(She) told me to go back to my country,” Ayesh said. “As I was explaining to her, this is my country.”
The Detroit native, born to Middle Eastern parents said the attack quickly escalated, with her assailant hitting her twice.
“She had me by the scarf. She took it off my head,” Ayesh said.
CAIR Oklahoma is demanding a full investigation.
“No one should be told to go back to your own country simply because they don’t fit someone’s close-minded view of what an American looks like,” said Veronica Laizure, civil rights director for CAIR.
Ayesh said she suffered a concussion during the attack, which her mother and 10-year-old daughter witnessed. Dallas Police Department officials said they are investigating the incident as a hate crime.