Daily Israel Report

Rabbi David Yosef Attacked in Mexico

Israeli Rabbi David Yosef, son of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, attacked with eggs and verbal slurs by anti-Semites in Mexico. He was not injured.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 2/21/2010, 9:06 PM / Last Update: 2/21/2010, 9:14 PM

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Israeli rabbi, Rabbi David Yosef, son of former Chief Sephardic Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, was attacked in Mexico City on Saturday night. The anti-Semitic attack occurred as the rabbi walked near the Shaarei Shalom synagogue in the city.

The attackers approached the rabbi in a vehicle and began shouting anti-Semitic slurs. They also threw eggs at the rabbi and his companions.

The rabbi was accompanied by guards provided by a local Jewish security firm, who managed to shield him from the eggs and from an attempted physical assault. The rabbi was hit in the attack but was not injured, his companions reported.

The attackers were frightened off and ran away, with the guards in pursuit. They were apprehended a short time later. Local Jewish leaders expressed shock at the incident.

Rabbi Yosef, whose father is the Shas party spiritual leader, is in Mexico to strengthen the Jewish community there following the death of Moshe Saba, a major figure in the Mexican Jewish community.