News in Brief

Chabad rabbi shot in Dagestan

The rabbi of a Chabad center in the southern Russian state of Dagestan was shot in the chest on Thursday as he was leaving his car. He was hospitalized in critical condition and is fighting for his life, the Lubavitch movement’s COLlive website reported. An unknown assailant opened fire on Rabbi Ovadia Eisekoff, an emissary in the city of Derbent, and then fled the scene. Police suspect that Eisekoff was targeted because he is Jewish. A manhunt is underway to apprehend the shooter.The Russian authorities have contacted Eisekoff’s wife and four children and briefed them on the details of the investigation. (Haaretz Staff)

Canadian, Australian nationals identified as Burgas bombing suspects

Bulgaria has distributed the names and images of two wanted suspects involved in a bomb attack that killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian in Burgas last year. The first alleged terrorist was identified as Meliad Farah, also known as Hussein Hussein, an Australian citizen born November 5, 1980. The second is Hassan El Hajj Hassan, a Canadian citizen born March 22, 1988, according to a statement issued by the Bulgarian Interior Ministry on Thursday. A third suspect, who died on the scene, was not identified.The statement said that three weeks ahead of the attack on July 18, 2012, the suspects were spotted in several nearby cities. Investigators believe the suspects checked into hotels and hired cars with fake ID cards under the names of Brian Jeremiah Jameson, Jacque Felipe Martin and Ralph William Rico. (AP)

Two killed in car explosion near Petah Tikva

Two people were killed Thursday evening in a car blast at Yarkonim junction near Petah Tikva, and Israel Police say the explosion might have been caused by a bomb in the vehicle. If there was such a bomb, it is still not clear to police whether it was intended to kill the two in the car or someone else. The explosion took place on Route 5 westbound. The two people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene by a Magen David Adom rescue services team. The explosion caused a multi-car pile-up on the road, and another man and a woman were also lightly injured. The possibility that it was caused by a mechanical fault in the car has not been ruled out. ‏(Yaniv Kubovich‏)

Tamar Kollek, widow of former J’lem mayor, 96

Tamar Kollek, widow of late Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek, died on Wednesday in the capital. Her funeral will be held on Friday at Mt. Herzl at 1 p.m. Born Tamar Schwarz in Vienna in 1917, she joined a Zionist movement where she met Teddy Kollek, who was her counselor. She immigrated to Palestine in 1937, and with Teddy, who immigrated two years earlier, joined the founding group of Kibbutz Ein Gev. Later, after a two-year stay in Washington, where Teddy served as Israeli envoy, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion appointed him director-general of the Prime Minister’s Office, and the couple moved to Jerusalem. Apart from assisting her husband’s public activities during his 28 years as mayor, Tamar Kollek headed the Jerusalem branch of ILAN, The Israel Foundation for Handicapped Children, for 25 years. (Nir Hasson‏)