Rabbi dies af­ter sur­viv­ing shul mas­sacre

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

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.

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