Buenos Aires – Two suspects have been arrested in Buenos Aires in the attack on Argentina’s chief rabbi. In addition to the arrests on Friday, Buenos Aires city police have identified the local gang responsible for the home invasion attack three weeks ago that left Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich with serious injuries, including nine broken ribs and a punctured lung.
“We have entire band identified, two are arrested, the rest of the members are being searched intensely by the police,” Buenos Aires City Minister of Security and Vice Mayor, Diego Santilli told TN news channel.
Fingerprints on one of the windows of the rabbi’s house were the key to identifying some of the members of the gang. City cameras also helped to identify three vehicles used by the attackers.
“Now we are deep into an investigation to discover the reasons for the attack” Santilli added.
Davidovich is recovering at home and has not yet returned to work.
The case is said to be a revenge attack arranged by a prominent member of the Jewish community that had refused to give his wife a religious divorce, or get, and hired a professional gang of robbers to beat up the rabbi, but not to kill him. Davidovich reportedly received death threats in the wake of the get incident.
Davidovich also says he’s not sure if home assault was anti-Semitic, despite hearing the assailants shout “We know that you are the AMIA (Jewish center) rabbi,” during the attack.
His wife was home during the attack, which happened at approximately 2 a.m. in the Jewish neighborhood of Once in the Argentine capital. The attackers restrained her and stole money and belongings from the apartment.
Davidovich has served as chief rabbi since 2013. The office of the rabbinate is located in the AMIA Jewish Center building in Buenos Aires.