“I have nothing against you guys. I’m religious, too. I’m Muslim.” He doesn’t seem to have mentioned the Qur’an’s designation of the Jews as the worst enemies of the Muslims (5:82). However, the thugs’ retailing of the antisemitic caricature that “Jews have money” indicates that he has been drinking from the poisoned wells of antisemitism, and given the one attacker’s proud self-identification as a Muslim, probably the antisemitism of his acquaintance has been Islamic. “‘Jews have $’: Yeshiva thugs,” by Jamie Schram and Chuck Bennett in the New York Post, September 17 (thanks to Pamela Hall):
Armed bandits who invaded a yeshiva dormitory in Queens and forced eight students into a bedroom at gunpoint claimed to be Muslim and angrily barked to the victims, “Jews have money,” sources said yesterday.
The terrifying robbery occurred at around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, when the two men knocked on the dormitory door at Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh in Far Rockaway, saying their car broke down, sources said.
Then they stuck the gun against the neck of a student, Yisrooel Sterns, 19, and forced their way into the house on Mott Avenue house in the Bayswater section.
“‘You guys are bunch of Jewish kids. Where is everything?’ ” one thug snarled, Sterns said. Before they left, one thug reportedly said, “I have nothing against you guys. I’m religious, too. I’m Muslim.”