Moshe Holtzberg, the Israeli child who as a toddler survived the 2008 terror attack at a Jewish centre in Mumbai, has returned to Mumbai this morning, nine years after his parents were shot dead by terrorists from Pakistan. Moshe was two years old when his parents - Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and Rivka were killed during the siege at the Nariman House by ten Pakistani terrorists in November 2008.The Jewish couple ran a cultural and outreach centre for the Chabad-Lubavitch movement at the Nariman House in South Mumbai's Colaba area.
Moshe is accompanied by his nanny Sandra Samuel, who ran out with him to safety as terrorists took control of the Chabad House during the attacks. Moshe now lives in Afula, around 90 km from Jerusalem, with his grandparents. Moshe will be present at the Chabad House on Thursday, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is on a six-day visit to India, opens a memorial for his parents and all other victims of 26/11 attacks.
Here are the LIVE updates of Moshe Holtzberg's visit to Mumbai:
Moshe Holtzberg visits Nariman House, where his parents lost their lives in the 26/11 attack. His grandparents also present.
Rabbi Israel Kozlovsky who runs the Chabad House says that, "Finally, baby Moshe is back home. This visit is very emotional for him. He is here to see the living memorial project." The "Living Memorial" project will take up the top two floors and terrace of the building. It is in memory of Moshe's parents who died in 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.
Moshe Holtzberg arrives at the Chabad House in Mumbai. Moshe was two-year-old when his parents, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, who were serving as Directors at Chabad House, were killed along with six others when the place was attacked by Pakistani terrorists during the November 2008 Mumbai terror attack.
Moshe Holtzberg reaches Taj Hotel in Mumbai. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara are being accompanied by Yogi Adityanath at a hotel in Agra. On Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu and Moshe will unveil a memorial at Nariman House in memory of the victims of 26/11 attacks.
"Shalom...bahut khushi (I'm very happy)," said a shy Moshe, after his arrival at the Mumbai airport.
Rabbi Holztberg Nachman, grandfather of Moshe Holtzberg, said that, "This is a very special day. Thank God that Moshe could come again. Mumbai is a lot safer now."
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