Netanyahu Travels to India With Mumbai Terror Survivor

January 13, 2018

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is making a political visit to India accompanied by 11-year old Moshe Holzberg who, as an infant, was saved from a terror attack in Mumbai that killed his parents nine years ago.

Rivka Holtzberg and her husband Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg(Photo by Chabad.org via Getty Images)

In 2008, a Pakistani Islamic terror group staged a series of coordinated attacks across India, killing 164 people and wounding at least 308. On attack targeted the Chabad House in Mumbai, a facility where Jewish travelers gathered. Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka Holtzberg, who was six months pregnant, were murdered with four other hostages inside the house by the attackers. According to radio transmissions picked up by Indian intelligence, the attackers “would be told by their handlers in Pakistan that the lives of Jews were worth 50 times those of non-Jews.” Injuries on some of the bodies indicated that they may have been tortured. Moshe, who was two years old at the time, was saved by his Indian nanny, Sandra Samuel, who now lives in Israel and earned the country’s “Righteous Among the Nations” award.

In July, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Moshe when he visited Israel. Moshe told him, “I hope I will be able to visit Mumbai, and when I get older, live there. I will be the director of our Chabad House. With God’s help, this is my answer. Dear Mr. Modi,” Holtzberg concluded, “I love you and your people in India.”

Modi embraced Moshe in response. Prime Minister Netanyahu invited Moshe to accompany him on his next trip to India.

The Israeli prime minister kept his word and on Saturday night, Moshe leaves for India as part of the political entourage. The visit, marking 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, is scheduled to last five days.

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