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Rabbi assaulted by anti-Semitic gang in Buenos Aires

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In February, Argentinian Chief Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich was brutally beaten in his home, suffering nine broken ribs and a punctured lung. Jewelry, a ceremonial pen from Jerusalem, a hat and approximately $4,750 in cash were stolen from his home.

By JNS

BUENOS AIRES—An Argentinian rabbi returning from prayer services on Saturday evening was physically attacked by a group of individuals yelling racial slurs against Jews, according to a report in The Jerusalem Post.

Rabbi Elyahu Shaman, who serves as a cantor at a Buenos Aires synagogue, was wounded in the face and hand. Witnesses to the assault stood by and laughed, according to a statement given to the Post.

The incident comes a month after two Jewish worshippers were attacked outside the Mikdash Yosef Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

In February, Argentinian Chief Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich was brutally beaten in his home, suffering nine broken ribs and a punctured lung. Jewelry, a ceremonial pen from Jerusalem, a hat and approximately $4,750 in cash were stolen from his home.

Davidovich alleged that the attackers told him during the incident that they knew he was the rabbi of the AMIA (Argentine Israelite Mutual Association) Jewish Center.

In 1994, the AMIA building was targeted in what remains Argentina’s most deadly terrorist attack, that killed 85 people. No one was ever convicted, though Iran is suspected to have funded the attack.

In 1992, an Islamic Jihad suicide-bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires killed 30 people.

The country is home to nearly 200,000 Jews – one of the world’s largest Jewish populations outside Israel.

EJP contributed to this report.

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