Rabbi dies after surviving shul massacre
THE TORONTO-BORN rabbi stabbed in a Jerusalem synagogue has died of his injuries, nearly a year later.
Rabbi Howie Chaim Rotman, 55, had been in a coma since the attack in November 2014.
Two Palestinian cousins attacked worshippers at Har Nof shul in West Jerusalem with knives, axes and guns. Rabbi Rotman’s death brings the toll to six, including a police officer.
Meanwhile, a rabbi who works for an Israeli human rights organisation was attacked during a Palestinian olive harvest last week.
Video footage of the attack shows a man, believed to be a settler, pulling out a knife and threatening Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights. The man, wearing a balaclava, can be seen pulling out the knife and waving it, before kicking and pushing the rabbi to the ground. He is then seen running away. Rabbi Ascherman, who had minor injuries, had been trying to help a local Palestinian community with its annual olive harvest under the supervision of the IDF.