(Reuters) – With women now thought to be the targets in 80 percent of anti-Muslim hate crimes reported in the U.S., one group is helping Muslim-American women in hijab protect themselves against their attackers, with their bare hands.
At five-foot two, Rana Abdelhamid looks diminutive, but the Egyptian-American native of Queens, New York is a Shotokan karate black belt.
The human rights activist teaches self defence workshops for Muslim women across the United States.
Muslim American Group says the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the US has tripled since the Paris attacks in San Bernardino shootings and they say 80% of the victims are women largely because the same hijab Muslim women wear for modesty makes them more visible.
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