As we see so often with the establishment media, the first priority seems to be to make sure that no one thinks ill of Islam. When I posted it here at Jihad Watch this morning, the WABC article said this: “Police: Livery driver beat man walking to synagogue in Brooklyn,” by Lucy Yang, WABC, October 15, 2018 (another posting of the same version is here):
…An arrest was made quickly on the scene. Eyewitness News is told Farrukh Afzal from Staten Island drove for a car service in Brooklyn, and has been arrested numerous times.
Schwartz says Afzal yelled ‘Allah’ during the assault.
“I went to him when he was handcuffed, ‘what did I do to you that you tried to murder me? Tell me.’ He didn’t answer back,” added Schwartz….
Now the same article reads this way (thanks to Kamala):
…An arrest was made quickly on the scene. Eyewitness News is told 37-year-old Farrukh Afzal, from Staten Island, drove for a car service in Brooklyn and has been arrested numerous times.
“I went to him when he was handcuffed, ‘what did I do to you that you tried to murder me? Tell me,’” Schwartz said. “He didn’t answer back.”…
Unfortunately for WABC, the UK’s Daily Mail has the “Allah” detail, although it may have picked it up from the earlier version of the WABC report:
“New York cab driver shouting ‘Allah’ brutally beats man, 62, on his way to synagogue in the middle of the road in anti-Jewish hate crime,” Daily Mail, October 15, 2018:
A 62-year-old Jewish man claims his attacker repeatedly shouted ‘Allah’ as he beat him in the middle of the road in Brooklyn, New York Sunday morning.
Lipa Schwartz was on his way to synagogue when livery driver Farrukh Afzal, 37, battered him until another Hasidic man came to the rescue….
A shoe store employee who witnessed the attack and declined to give his name told New York Daily News that it seemed to be an attack on the Jewish community.
The worker said: ‘He was screaming at him that he hates the Jews and he would like to kill all the Jews.’
As you can see above, the Daily Mail also picked up from the New York Daily News a witness saying that the perpetrator was screaming about wanting to kill all the Jews:
“SEE IT: Livery cab driver beats Borough Park man in anti-Jewish hate crime,” by Emilie Ruscoe and Esha Ray, New York Daily News, October 14, 2018:
Surveillance video captures the moment a livery cab driver allegedly attacked a 62-year-old Jewish man in what’s being described as a hate crime.
A livery cab driver shouting anti-Semitic epithets beat a Jewish man during an argument on a Brooklyn street Sunday morning, police said.
Farrukh Afzal, 37, attacked man at the intersection of 13th Ave. and 46th St. in Borough Park around 7:20 a.m., said cops.
Afzal dragged his victim — identified by a relative as 62-year-old Lipa Schwartz — into the intersection and pummeled him wildly, surveillance video shows.
“He was screaming at him that he hates the Jews and he would like to kill all the Jews,’” said a shoe store employee who witnessed the attack and declined to give his name….