Toronto rabbi dies after 2014 Jerusalem synagogue attack

A 55-year-old Toronto rabbi has died nearly a year after being critically injured in a stabbing at a synagogue in Jerusalem.

Man, 55, in coma since being injured last November

Howie Chaim Rotman, 55, died after spending months in a coma following an attack on a Jewish synagogue in November 2014. (Canadian Press)

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.


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