Canadian-born rabbi dies in Israel after spending a year in a coma after attack

Canadian-born rabbi dies in Israel after spending a year in a coma after attack

Main pic: Canadian Howie Chaim Rotman is pictured holding his first grandchild in an undated family handout photo. An attack on a Jerusalem synagogue in 2014 that killed five people had also left Rotman fighting for his life. The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs said today that the 55-year-old dual Israeli-Canadian citizen succumbed to his injuries, leaving a wife and ten children. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO.

MONTREAL — The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs says a Toronto-born Rabbi has died of his injuries nearly a year after being stabbed at a Jerusalem synagogue.

CIJA says that Howie Chaim Rotman, 55, was in a coma since he was critically injured in the attack by two Palestinian cousins in November 2014.

His death Saturday brings the death toll of the attack to six, including a police officer.

The two attackers were later killed in a police shootout.

At the time the attack was called the deadliest in Israel since 2008 and drew worldwide condemnation.

In came after several weeks of Palestinian attacks on Israelis amid a background of roiling tensions over access to Jerusalem’s most holy site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

The Canadian Press

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