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November 3, 2017  RSS feed
World News

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Argentine Jewish businessman, 4 friends among dead in terror attack

Five of the fatalities in the terrorist truck-ramming attack in New York City on Oct. 31 were Argentine tourists celebrating the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation, including one Jewish businessman.

Eight people were killed and about a dozen injured when a truck rammed into a crowd on a bike path in Manhattan in what is being called “an act of terror.”

According to Argentina’s Foreign Ministry, the victims included Ariel Erlij, 48. A Jewish steel mill owner from the city of Rosario in central Argentina, Erlij reportedly paid for two of his high school friends to go on the trip so they could all be together for the anniversary. They graduated in 1987 from the Polytechnic School in Rosario.

Misaskim, an American Orthodox Jewish not-for-profit organization that provides services for the care of the dead, was working with the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office to ensure that Erlij’s body was handled according to Jewish custom, the Yeshiva World News reported.

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