By: Jomana Aly Ibrahim
A terror attack in New York City left 8 people dead and 11 injured after a driver drove through cyclists on a bike path in Lower Manhattan. After the tragedy, everyday civilians, celebrities, and politicians sent messages of condolences to the victims and their families and praised New Yorkers for their strength in the face of hardship.
Laura Loomer, whose twitter bio describes her as an alt-right political activist and journalist who has previously worked for Canada’s Rebel Media and undercover watchdog group Project Veritas, tweeted a photo of two women wearing hijabs on Manhattan’s Greenwich Street, not far from the area where 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov drove a pick-up truck down a bike path Tuesday, killing at least eight people and injuring 11 others.
Gigi Hadid has no time for Islamophobia. The 22-year-old model—who, along with her younger sister, Bella, was raised Muslim—called out the right-wing activist on Twitter who criticized women who wore hijabs in the wake of the recent ISIS-claimed attack in New York City.
“Muslims are out in full force at the scene of the NYC #ISIS attack today rubbing it in everyone’s face. Aimlessly walking around in hijabs,” journalist Laura Loomer said in an infuriating tweet. “You’d think they’d have the decency to not walk around in hijabs @ cross street of the attack. But they don’t. I bet they’re loving this.”
Anwar Hadid also responded to Laura’s tweets, further saying that his girlfriend is Jewish and that they have nothing against any religion, defending hijabis and calling Laura “one of the worst human beings of all time.”
Gigi and her sister Bella have been vocal about their faith, especially in the wake of Trump’s immigration ban earlier this year (which they protested in New York in January). Their father, Mohammed Hadid, came to the U.S. as a refugee from Palestine when he was a child. “He was always religious, and he always prayed with us,” Bella said of their dad “I am proud to be a Muslim.”