Yemen / 22-05-2012
Sanaa - 50-year-old Aharon Zindani's son says his father was stabbed in Sanaa by a Muslim man who accused him of witchcraft.
A member of the Jewish community in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa was stabbed and critically injured by a Muslim man accusing him of witchcraft on Tuesday, AFP quoted the man's son as saying. Army Radio quoted a friend of the victim as saying Aharon Zindani had died as a result of the stab wounds.
The 50-year-old Zindani “was stabbed at Saawan market near the US embassy in northeast Sanaa,” his son Yehya was quoted as saying. “He received stab wounds to his neck and stomach.”
According to Yehya Zindani, his father was undergoing surgery for his wounds.
He described the attacker as a “well-known person who says my father has ruined and bewitched him.” According to Israeli media reports the attacker stabbed Zindani 12 times before being stopped by a group of men and detained.
A friend of Zindani, Shlomo Grafi, told Army Radio that he had been killed by a "member of al-Qaida."
Grafi said that Zindani had returned to Yemen after he had made aliya and lived in Israel in the 1990s.
Grafi claimed that the Jewish community in Sanaa, numbering some 80 members, did not feel that they were in danger despite the volatile political climate in Yemen.