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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi meet with Moshe Holtzberg whose parents were killed in a terror attack on the Chabad House in Mumbai in 2008, at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, July 5, 2017. Sandra, the Indian caregiver who saved Moshe, is present as well.

Eleven years ago from Nov. 26-29, 2008, the world watched as a team of ten Pakistani Muslim terrorists spread out through the city of Mumbai and slaughtered more than 150 people, including four Jewish guests and the two Jewish co-directors at the Nariman Chabad House, which was under the leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries Rabbi Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg, of blessed memory.

The operatives, members of the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba terror organization, stormed more than 10 iconic buildings in Mumbai, killing 164 people over a four-day period. Nine of the murderers were killed by Indian police and counter terror special ops personnel. The lone surviving gunman, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, was executed by the Indian government in November 2012.


The sole Jewish survivor of that horrific nightmare was the couple’s then-2-year-old toddler, Moishe, who was spirited away from the bloodbath by his Indian caregiver, Sandra.

This coming Sabbath services in their memory are taking place at Chabad centers all around the world.

May the memories of the kedoshim forever be a blessing.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.