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We are not talking about Superman, Spiderman or Batman this time. Hasan Askari acted as the hero of New York this Friday.
Hasan Askari (20) is the Grandson of the 4th Nawab of Dhaka -Nawab Khwaja Hasan Akari- is an accounting student at Berkeley College in Manhattan. While riding Q train headed to Brooklyn late Friday he saved three Jewish passengers from a band of 14 anti Semite thugs.
It all began when Adler, his girlfriend, Maria Parsheva, and two other pals boarded the subway at Canal Street bound for Brooklyn and someone in another group wished them “Merry Christmas.” Adler and his pal Angelica Krischanovich responded: “Happy Hanukkah.” Apparently, those were fighting words. The group of about 14 men and women then allegedly began taunting Adler and his pals as “dirty Jews” and “Jew bitches.”
Amid a huge scrum, Askari who is 5’7”and weights 140 lbs jumped in. Fearful for Maria’s safety, he pushed one of the attacker men away – and was then pounced on by the group.
“I’m bleeding all over the place, there’s lots of people, they’re fighting with Hassan still, and I’m like, why isn’t anyone else doing anything?” Adler said. He pulled the emergency brake right before entering the DeKalb Avenue station.
Askari said “They grabbed me and punched and beat me up, they punched me first. I didn’t get a chance to punch him back. I did what I thought was right, I did the best that I could to help. My parents raised me that way.”
Askari was first handcuffed along with the 10 suspects, but he was released when Adler told police he was not an attacker.
Later Hassan Askari and Walter Adler were also honored by Foundation for Ethnic Understanding Wednesday for their role in preventing anti-Semitic attack on subway. “We salute these young men for their courage in not allowing their faith come between them in a time of need. They are leading by example,” said Foundation President Rabbi Marc Schneier. Please click here to read about this event.
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Edited By Anas Khwaja, NY