A Muslim student who helped stop a Hanukkah attack on four Jewish subway riders is being honored for his actions.
Several Muslim organizations, including the Council on American Islamic Relations, are presenting Hassan Askari with a Good Samaritan Award. One of the victims in the attack, Walter Adler, will receive an Interfaith Commitment Award.
Adler has called Askari a hero for intervening when Adler and three friends were assaulted on a train in lower Manhattan last month after they were heard saying “Happy Hanukkah.”
Askari tried to fight off the 10 attackers, giving Adler a chance to summon police by pulling an emergency brake.
Eight men and two women have pleaded not guilty to assault, menacing and other charges.