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Amine Hadjres Fends Off Islamophobic Attackers

A banner reading 'United We Stand For Peace on Earth' outside the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photograph: Allen Breed/AP

A banner reading ‘United We Stand For Peace on Earth’ outside the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photograph: Allen Breed/AP

Racist thugs caught a beat-down after they picked on the wrong guy.

Muslims being targeted, advocacy group charges

(Boston Globe)

An Algerian-American from Cambridge was attacked outside a Back Bay restaurant Saturday night, say police and a Muslim advocacy group,the latest of several assaults on Muslims since the Boston Marathon bombings three weeks ago.

The assailants allegedly called the 23-year-old college student, Amine Hadjeres, a “terrorist” and told him he looked like Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the suspects accused of planting bombs at the Marathon finish line on April 15, who was later killed while trying to elude police.

The victim, a US citizen, said he was attacked by two tipsy men outside the Cafeteria Boston restaurant on Newbury Street in Boston about 10 p.m. Saturday night after he left to buy a pack of cigarettes.

Hadjeres said he initially tried to ignore the men, who taunted and shoved him, but wound up brawling with them in the street after they would not leave him alone. He said the fight left him with bloody knuckles and a bruised elbow and hip, but he successfully fought off both men and walked back into the restaurant, where he was greeted with applause.

“They messed with the wrong dude,” Hadjeres said. “Their faces were pretty banged up.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advo cacy organization, urged state and federal authorities to charge suspects with violating hate crime laws.

“We urge local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to take the suspects in this case into custody and to bring appropriate charges that reflect the apparent bias motive,” said council spokesman Ibrahim Hooper.

Police told the council the suspects have been identified, but not yet arrested.

The council said the incident was just the latest attack on Muslims since the Marathonbombings. A Muslim taxi driver was allegedly attacked in Virginia a week ago by a passenger who accused him of carrying out the Boston attack.

In Malden, a mother of Middle Eastern descent who was wearing an Islamic head scarf called a hijab, was attacked two weeks ago by a man shouting anti-Muslim slurs, the council said.

Boston police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca said the Newbury Street assault is being handled by its civil rights unit, which investigates potential hate crimes.

The Suffolk district attorney’s office said it has assigned a senior prosecutor to work with Boston police on any potential charges, but has not seen a pattern of similar crimes in the area.

“Even one [attack] is too many, but, fortunately, we have not seen a great deal of similar assaults in Boston,” said Jake Wark, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office.

The US attorney’s office vowed to work with the FBI, Boston police, and the state attorney general’s office “to ensure the matter is fully investigated and prosecuted, should the facts demonstrate a hate crime.

According to a redacted copy of the police report, police responded to a radio call about 10 p.m. Saturday about a fight at the intersection of Newbury Street and Gloucester Street, where the Cafeteria Boston restaurant is located.

Two witnesses said they saw two men verbally and physically harass another man, calling him a “terrorist.”

The victim told police that one of his assailants told him: “You’re a terrorist. You look like [Tamerlan Tsarnaev]. The FBI is going to get people like you.”

The police report also suggested some of the people involved in the fight had been drinking.

Hadjeres said he was shocked to be called a foreigner and a terrorist, since he is an American.

“You can’t call me that,” he said, adding that he immigrated to the US when he was 7. “This is where I am from.”

Todd Wallack can be reached at twallack@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @twallack.

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  • Tanveer Khan

    OH EM GEE!!!!!! You are amazing Emir SS. You are like One Direction but better. You are two directions! Emir SS take me under your wing, pleeeeeeaaaaaaassseeeeee!

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    PS the only way I can pass my Uni classes is if I don’t play any MGS until the holidays.

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    Don’t forget about Phantom Pain that will keep you away from the outside world even longer, then there is MGS legacy collection by the time you come out the Patriots will have taken over the globe. With Gekkos being the only mean of transportation.

  • Solid Snake

    Kid, when you’ve been in the field as long as I have you learn to adapt. Its become second nature now. You have to think like them and act like them in order to have a chance to survive.

    *lights up cigarette*

    But you, you have a future. You have a home to go to. People that care for you.

    *exhales a stream of smoke*

    Me? I have no one. They are all gone. So I can afford to get close to the danger.

    *The lights fade out and credits begin to roll*

  • Solid Snake

    Scary, huh? Im pretty sure MGS5 will keep me away from anything to do with the outside world for a while when it is released.

  • Reynardine

    Well, you are not the first to notice.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Emir SS you got the tone of Geller exactly spot on. I am amazed. But then again, when i further contemplate on it i realise its not that amazing. You being the amazing Emir you are have mastered the art of language so it wouldnt have been too hard a task for you. But for what its worth, i give you my praise.

  • mindy1

    Sadly I can easily picture that…

  • eslaporte

    Here’s a comment from a poster in the comment section of the Boston Globe article called ‘any3rdparty’ that will make your day brighter:

    ” Yes!! He put a beating on a couple of REEL MEERICANS. Nothing could have
    made my day more complete. Even though there are still troglodytes
    posting here in favor of the ‘patriots’, somehow I KNOW Hadjeres knows
    that most of us are on his side!! He’s Boston Strong and the other two
    are an embarrassment to this country.”

  • golden izanagi

    actually I often see her end her titles with “obama says respect it” but yeah it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if her article was about turning it around making it look like it was an unprovoked attack instead of an act of self defense after all anything a muslim says or does is enough for geller to rant on the evils of islam or anybody that does not take her insane rantings seriously.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gus.lahoud Gus Emil Lahoud

    I weren’t be surprised if it wasn’t the headlines

  • Solid Snake

    I can see the headline on Atlas Shrugs

    “MUSLIM Supremacist SAVAGELY Beats Two AMERICAN Men for Drinking And Violating SHARIAH LAW In Boston!!!! OBAMA Silent!!!111!1!”

    Anyway, it was bound to happen. These two guys were probably too drunk to notice that this young man wasn’t a woman or an old man. I guess Islamophobes will be extra careful when hunting for vulnerable Muslims.

  • Yausari

    How dare you Muslims defend yourselves

  • Heinz Catsup

    Good for him! No one needs to put up with bullshit such as this.

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    Here is another good article by Seema Jilani

    My Racist Encounter at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/seema-jilani/racism-white-house-correspondents-dinner_b_3231561.html

  • Reynardine

    Sent a link to this story to SPLC, where they were very glad to have a happy ending.

  • 1DrM

    Any pictures of the beaten up thugs would make my day. Zero tolerance for violent racist scum.

  • mindy1

    Good for him :)

  • mindy1

    ;)

  • Tanveer Khan

    The nerve of these muslims….

  • bboy_blue

    Typical violent Muslim! Self defence jihad!!!

  • Tanveer Khan

    Lolz. The fists of powah!

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