Attack on Argentine chief rabbi raises fear of anti-Semitism

By Almudena Calatrava | Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An attack that badly injured Argentina’s chief rabbi has alarmed authorities both in the South American nation and in Israel, who raised concerns on Tuesday that it could have been prompted by anti-Semitism.

Several assailants entered the Buenos Aires home of Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich on Monday and beat him after shouting, “We know you are the rabbi of the AMIA,” referring to the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association, one of the country’s most prominent Jewish groups, which reported details of the attack.

Davidovich was in a hospital Tuesday with several broken ribs and a punctured lung. The assailants also took money and some belongings, according to the AMIA.