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Hate Crime: Saudi Student Charged for Spitting on White People in FL


"Americans are pushing us around."

Nuha Mohammed Al-Doaifi, 21, is an engineering student at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL. She's also, apparently, not a fan of white people or America.

Nuha, who's from Saudi Arabia, is facing hate crime charges after she allegedly spat on several white people at a local Palm Bay Walmart. She said a "higher authority" made her do it and told police it was because "Americans are pushing us around."

The incident apparently started when Nuha was using her cart to enter the store through the exit door. After repeatedly ramming the door, Terry Rakowski -- another shopper -- tried to help Nuha out by telling her she was using the wrong door. That's when the spitting started.

"She just spit all over me. All I was trying to do was tell her she was coming in through the out door. She was just ramming it into the door," Rakowski told Florida Today.

"She then looked at me and said, 'Yes I did,' then walked off. ... [T]his really bothered me last night. You just don't know what she might be capable of."

Nuha was originally arrested on a charge of misdemeanor battery. But now officials have added a hate crime enhancement considering her comments.

"Her actions were directed at random people based on their ethnicity, and that's according to her own statement,"Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for the Palm Bay Police Department, explained to Florida Today.

She also spit at another customer who apparently got too close. That wad missed, however. But according to Martinez, Nuha has a history of spitting.

"She's also had an incident with one of her Florida Tech professors," Martinez said. "She also spit at the professor."

She added that, "They have initiated procedures to have her sent back to Saudi Arabia."

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