Muslim Helps Jews Riding On NY Subway
On December 9, 2007, Hassan Askari who is a Muslim was riding the Q train into Brooklyn when he saw about ten male thugs and their girlfriends start beating three people who had replied ‘Happy Hanukkah’ when they were greeted with ‘Merry Christmas’.
The subway car was filled, but everyone other than Hassan looked the other way!
But fearing for the the threesome’s safety, Askari intervened and pushed one hoodlum away.
What followed, was that the gang attacked the 5′ 7”, 140 lb. Askari, whilst dozens of others in the car pretended not to notice.
One of the three victims pulled the the subway’s emergency brake, which in turn quickly brought help.
Askari Was Arrested
The police sealed off car and entered it, and Askari was soon hand-cuffed, but very quickly released.
Askari received two black eyes and a sore nose for his efforts, but he never went to a doctor, because even though he worked two jobs he couldn’t afford medical care.
“I have friends who are Jews, Christians and Buddhists, and I would have acted in the same way if they were victims of an unprovoked attack”.
One of the victims, Walter Adler, who received a broken nose and required four stitches for a split lip, said that he was amazed that,
“A random Muslim kid helped some Jewish kids, and that’s what’s positive about New York”.
Askari was later awarded the Liberty Medal in the Courage category.
* The Liberty Medal is awarded annually by the National Constitution Center to men and women of courage and conviction who have strived to secure the blessings of liberty to people the world over.
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