The former head of Israel’s space program died on Sunday, succumbing to wounds inflicted when Arab rioters torched the hotel he was staying at in Acre, during deadly rioting that erupted last month in mixed Arab-Jewish cities.
Avi Har-Even, 84, a laureate of the country’s prestigious Israel Prize, sustained significant burns after the attack, and fell into a coma.
Several other guests at the upscale Efendi Hotel were also injured in the arson attack.
Another Jewish man was attacked and seriously injured by an Arab mob armed while driving his car through Acre. An Israeli soldier was hospitalized for a skull fracture and cerebral hemorrhage after being severely beaten by a separate Arab mob in the coastal city of Jaffa.
Two Jewish men were shot in separate incidents in the central Arab-Jewish city of Lod, which saw the most intense rioting.
Arab mobs torched apartments belonging to their