Pak 'teaching' children to join terror networks: Baby Moshe's grandfather

Pak 'teaching' children to join terror networks: Baby Moshe's grandfather

Yolanda Curtis
January 19, 2018

The bespectacled Moshe, now 11, also sporting the "Kippah" and a dark suit, had an emotional "reunion" meeting with the Israel Prime Minister, as his Indian saviour nanny Sandra Samuel and grandparents flanked them in a small room in the Chabad House, in Nariman House, Colaba.

"The nation of Israel is known for salvation", Netanyahu told the gathering in Hebrew. "This is loving Israel but terrorists showed hatred towards Israel".

As the Delhi media followed Netanyahu around, so the Mumbai media followed 11-year old Moshe around.

Moshe Holtzberg's trip to Mumbai and the site of his parent's violent deaths as an adjunct to Netanyahu's official visit to India was announced when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Israel earlier this year.

The attack on Nariman House was one of the 12 attacks that took place during a four-day period in November 2008 in Mumbai. He unveiled a plaque in memory of Moshe's parents, Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, who died in the terror strike. The Israeli Government honoured her with the title of "Righteous Gentile", the highest award presented to non-Jews, and allowed her an extended stay in that country. They mentioned particularly the love showered by "thousands of people" whom they described as "unbelievable".

During his address, the Israeli Prime Minister looked at Moshe fondly and thanked him for hosting him and taking him around his residence inside Chabad House where he lived as a child. "The terrorists could not get to Moshe due to the love of his nanny Sandra", he said.

In a beautifully embossed Guest Book, the visiting Israeli Prime Minister later wrote: "To the Chabad House of Mumbai. Turn it into a building that will be a source of light for the world", he said in a speech later.

He added that a part of the memorial will have a special area created to remember the parents of Moshe Holtzberg. Not just the Jewish community, but all of India has welcomed him. "The idea is that people will add goodness and kindness; that viewing this will create waves of good that will spread far and wide".

India also is a key buyer of Israeli drones with a fleet of more than 150 Israeli-made UAVs. On the top floor where the sites of the other terror attacks that swept through Mumbai are visible, a reflection garden will offer a serene spot recognising all the victims of the attacks.

Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kantor, the director of Chabad in Thailand, said the idea in not refurbishing the two floors, where bullet holes and even a gaping hole caused by an RPG are evident, is not cover up the signs of the tragedy but rather use them as a "catalyst". The memorial project will be opened to the public once completed.

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