Muslim Helped Save Jews During Subway Hanukkah Beatdown

“A random Muslim guy jumped in and helped a Jewish guy on Hanukkah – that’s a miracle.”

Walter Adler
New York Subway Attack Victim
December 12, 2007

Hassan Askari from Bangladesh jumped to Walter Adler‘s aid while a group of thugs allegedly pummeled and taunted him on a New York subway this weekend.

The two new pals – Adler, 23, (on left) with a broken nose and a fat lip, and Askari, 20, (on right) with two black eyes – broke bread together and laughed off the bruises the night after they were jumped.

** The two talk about the anti-Semitic attack on the subway, Video HERE.
(This video is amazing!)

A Muslim man jumped in to help four Jews who were victims of an anti-Semitic attack on a subway in New York this weekend.
The New York Post reported:

A Brooklyn man whose “Happy Hanukkah” greeting landed him in the hospital said he was saved from a gang of Jew-bashing goons aboard a packed Q train by a total stranger – a modest Muslim from Bangladesh.

Walter Adler was touched that Hassan Askari jumped to his aid while a group of thugs allegedly pummeled and taunted him and his three friends. So Adler has invited his new friend over to celebrate the Festival of Lights.

The two new pals – Adler, 23, with a broken nose and a fat lip, and Askari, 20, with two black eyes – broke bread together and laughed off the bruises the night after the fisticuffs.

“A random Muslim guy jumped in and helped a Jewish guy on Hanukkah – that’s a miracle,” said Adler, an honors student at Hunter College.

“He’s basically a hero. Hassan jumped in to help us.”

But Askari, who is studying to be an accountant, shrugged off the praise.

“I just did what I had to do,” he recalled. “My parents raised me that way.”


Victims of the Q train anti-Semitic assault Hassan Askari and Walter Adler. (New York Post)

The 10 subway passengers wished the Jews “Happy Hanukkah” before they beat them down.
Haaretz reported:

Four Jewish subway riders who wished other people Happy Hanukkah were pelted with anti-Semitic remarks before being beaten, New York police and prosecutors said. The incident was being investigated as a possible hate crime.

The four were on a train in Manhattan on Friday night, during the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, when they were approached by a group of 10 people who offered holiday greetings. The victims responded, Happy Hanukkah and were assaulted by the larger group, police said Tuesday.

Police caught up with the train in Brooklyn and arrested eight men and two women, ages 19 and 20. They were arraigned Saturday on charges of assault, menacing, riot, harassment and disorderly conduct, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office said.

The case was being handled by the office’s civil rights bureau, and charges could be upgraded to hate crimes, prosecutors said. The two men and two women who were attacked had bruises and welts on their faces and heads but were not hospitalized, police said.

One of the men charged, Joseph Jirovec, pleaded guilty last year to attempted robbery as a hate crime and was awaiting sentencing, prosecutors said. Jirovec, who is white, was part of a group that yelled racial epithets and assaulted two black teenagers in Brooklyn, prosecutors said.


GOOD FAITH: Bruised new friends (from left): rescuer Hassan Askari, beating victim Walter Adler, and Adler’s gal pal, Maria Parsheva, in Brooklyn on Tuesday. (New York Post)

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