JERUSALEM - An American educator who marched for civil rights in the 1960s and advocated coexistence between Muslims and Jews when he moved to Israel in the 1980s died Tuesday after succumbing to wounds sustained in a Palestinian attack on a bus in Jerusalem two weeks ago.
It was one of many attacks in a month of violence triggered in part over Palestinian allegations of Israel's changing long-standing agreements at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, accusations Israel has strongly denied and said amount to incitement to violence.
In an effort to lower tensions at the site, Israeli and Jordanian officials said Tuesday that new surveillance cameras should be installed within days at the shrine, with the goal of streaming footage live online for maximum transparency. Jordan serves as the custodian of the Muslim-administered site.
Richard Lakin, 76, died of wounds sustained Oct. 13 when two Palestinian men boarded a bus in Jerusalem and began shooting and stabbing passengers. It was one of the bloodiest attacks in recent violence in which Palestinian attackers have killed 11 Israelis. In that time, 55 Palestinians have been killed, including 35 identified by Israel as attackers and the rest in clashes with security forces.
Lakin was originally from Newton, Mass., and a longtime principal in Glastonbury, Conn. His Facebook page displayed an image of Israeli and Arab children hugging under the word coexist.
He taught English in mixed classes in Jerusalem after moving to Israel in 1984.
In the 1960s, Lakin was active in the civil rights movement, marching with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and taking students from Boston to the South for sit-ins, son Micah said.
The idea to install the cameras at the hilltop compound in Jerusalem's Old City - revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary - emerged during separate talks late last week between Secretary of State John Kerry and the three sides with a stake at the shrine - Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian self-rule government.
Israel has welcomed the plan, saying the cameras will prove it is doing nothing wrong and expose violent activities by Palestinian protesters.