Wednesday, December 12, 2007

They Wished Them A Happy Hanukkah but Got a Beat Down

This is one disturbing story from the NY Subway: AP reports that a group of four Jewish riders were approached by a group of ten who extended holiday greetings. When the Jews replied in response to have a "Happy Hanukkah" the 8 men and 2 women proceeded to assault them and yell racial slurs. The police thankfully caught the guilty party and arrested all 10 of them on several charges, including third-degree assault and menacing and second-degree riot and harassment. They pleaded not guilty. The interesting part is that one of the men Joseph Jirovec, 19, pleaded guilty last year to attempted robbery as a hate crime and was awaiting sentencing, prosecutors said. Joseph's lawyer however is claiming that since his client is in fact Jewish, he would not have attacked simply based on race. I guess he never heard of a self-hating Jew. Update: This story made the front cover of the NY Post. Evidently a Muslim from Bangladesh, Hassan Askari assisted in helping the Jewish group as they got beaten badly. Hassan is truly a hero and should be an example to all.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let us all thank the young accounting student, who happens to be muslim for hleping to save a victim of the beatings. the nypost was great to put this on the front page.
where is dov hikind now? when theres a fight between kids, he is quick to jump to condemn but this happens and wheres the just thanks?

http://www.nypost.com/seven/12122007/frontback.htm

http://www.nypost.com/seven/12122007/news/regionalnews/jews_subway_hero_a_muslim_381263.htm

spinner fan who is not spinner himself said...

what exactly is the difference between getting beaten up and getting a beat down?

Jewish Blogmeister said...

Spinner fan, Beaten up means an uppercut beat down is with sticks and stones....umm yeh

Baila said...

It is so sad that stuff like that actually happens in such a densely populated metropolis like NYC! I'm glad that the AP reports stories like this on thier newswire...awareness is definitely the key to prevention of something like this happening again.