Slain IRGC Officer Behind Murder Attempt Of Chabad Shliach In Baku

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Three Azerbaijani citizens were recruited by Iran in 2012 to assassinate Chabad shaliach Rav Schneur Segal (L.) and then-Israeli Ambassador in Baku Michael Lotem. (R.)

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Senior IRGC official Col. Hassan Sayyad Khodayari, who oversaw assassination and abduction operations against Israelis, Jews and others worldwide, was behind an attempt to assassinate Rav Schneur Segal, the Chabad shaliach in Baku, as well as the Israeli ambassador.

In 2012, Azerbaijani security forces thwarted the plot, arresting three Azerbaijani citizens who had been recruited by Iranian intelligence agents to harm Israeli and Jewish targets. Their number one target was then-Israeli Ambassador in Baku Michael Lotem and they also planned on assassinating two teachers at the Ohr Avner Chabad Jewish Day School in Baku.

The detainees had been promised $150,000 for the assassinations and had been supplied with a sniper rifle, pistols, and explosive devices in order to carry out them out.

The plotted assassinations were an Iranian attempt to retaliate for Israel’s elimination of Iranian nuclear scientists.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


5 COMMENTS

  1. To be clear: As far as I know, there is no halocha that men must wear black hats, in fact, just a few decades ago, many bnei Torah wore gray hats and even straw hats in the summer. Aside from that several mekubalim davka don’t place a black hat on their head because black signifies gevyra/din vs white which represents chesed/rachamim. But for whatever reason, the minhag of bnei Torah evolved to wear black hats as their uniform, and one can say it became a “minhag yisroel”.

  2. To Rebbetizen above- obviously it is Purim or some fun holiday. Weird, if you are serious. Cannot figure out if sarcastic.
    That guy was a mini Soleimani. Yemach shemo.