Category Archives: Allies and Heroes

Hassan Askari: A Hero Among Us

Hassan Askari, a Muslim New York City resident, came to to the aid of a group of Jewish subway riders during an anti-Semitic attack. In our opinion, he is a shining example of a hero in the fight against intolerance.

Watch this profile of Hassan by Heroes Among Us and browse the articles below for more information.

[From Heroes Among Us]

Muslim hero breaks up train beating
The New York Daily News, 12/12/2007
The Good Samaritan who tried to stop the Christmas-versus-Chanukah subway beating has two black eyes and a sore nose – but no regrets.
“I did what I thought was right,” said Hassan Askari, 20. “I did the best that I could to help[…]

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NYC hails Muslim ‘Good Samaritan’
BBC, 12/18/2007
A Muslim Bangladeshi student is to be honoured by the mayor of New York on Wednesday for helping three Jewish people who were being beaten up[…]
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ADL Honors Hanukkah Subway Hero Hassan Askari
New York, NY, December 19, 2007 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today recognized a Muslim student who came to the aid of several young adults physically assaulted in an anti-Semitic attack while riding the New York City subway. In recognition of Hassan Askari’s courage in standing up to the hate, bigotry and violence he witnessed, ADL established the Stand-Up New Yorker Award, and made Mr. Askari its inaugural recipient[…]
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Deborah Lipstadt: History on Trial

Lipstadt ThumbnailDr. Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, and is renowned for fighting back against a prominent Holocaust denier. She writes about her experience in her ground-breaking book, History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.

From her blog:

Deborah Lipstadt’s Blog began when my book History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving was published. While I intended this blog to be a place to post reviews and comments on the book, I also used it to track the controversy that emerged right after publication when C-SPAN’s Book TV refused to let me appear unless I agreed either to appear with David Irving or to have him appear immediately after I did, that is, back-to-back.

Since then, this blog has morphed into far more. I now address issues of antisemitism, Holocaust denial, politically correct idiocies, and free speech particularly as it pertains to Holocaust and genocide denial. While this blog gives me a chance to comment on these issues as they arise, it also saves me from having to answer the same questions numerous times. And though I aim to keep this blog focused on these issues, occasionally I write about something that cries out for comment. Other times, because something is so mind-boggling, it needs no comment.