Mumbai terror

Mumbai terrorist suprise guilty plea

By Jessica Elgot, July 20, 2009

The surviving terrorist gunman of the Mumbai attacks, where a Chabad rabbi and his wife were among the murdered, has made a surprise confession at his trial.

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, 21, shocked the court, including his own defence lawyer, when he changed from his original ‘not guilty’, telling them he wanted to confess.

The November attacks, which lasted three days, killed 166 people and specifically targeted the Jewish centres are said to have been financed by an Islamist Pakistani group.


New envoy at Chabad Mumbai

By Yaakov Katz, December 11, 2008

Two weeks after the Mumbai terror attacks, a new envoy has arrived to run the city’s Chabad House.

Six people were killed in the siege at the Chabad centre, including Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka. Their two-year-old son, Moishy, was saved by his Indian nanny, Sandra Samuel, and is being cared for by family in Israel.

The new Chabad envoy, Rabbi Dov Goldberg, vowed he would continue the Holtzbergs’ work. “We are staying at the same centre and will rebuild it even nicer than it was,” he said.


£1m appeal for Mumbai children

By Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore, December 11, 2008

A British charity has launched an international appeal to raise over £1 million for the children of those killed in the attack on Mumbai’s Chabad House.

Those helped by the Chevras Mo’oz Ladol appeal will include two-year-old Moishy Holzberg, who was rescued from the centre where his parents, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holzberg, were murdered.


Manchester’s tribute to Mumbai victims

December 8, 2008

The Stenecourt (Manchester Great New) synagogue was filled to capacity on Sunday as nearly 1,000 people from across the Manchester community attended a memorial service for the victims of the Mumbai attacks. The audience, which overflowed into the shul hall, was addressed by leading rabbis from the city including Dayan Menachem-Mendel Schneebalg from the Chasidic community and the Manchester Beth Din’s Yehuda Steiner.


Kindness of murdered Chabad couple ‘knew no bounds’

December 5, 2008

The 250 people at a Leeds Lubavitch Centre memorial service for those killed in the terror attack on Mumbai’s Chabad House included three community members who had received hospitality from Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka.

Angela Frieze, who had dined at Mumbai Chabad earlier this year, recalled the Holtzbergs as “a caring couple. The work they did will be sadly missed by those of us who were honoured enough to meet them.”


Inside the house of horror

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 4, 2008

Not one wall in Nariman House had been left unscathed by the heavy firing. Shell-holes pockmarked every surface.

The top two floors of the Chabad House had been almost demolished by the explosive charges that the Indian commandos set off in the final assault that killed the two terrorists. They had held out for nearly 48 hours.


Briton who survived the Oberoi slaughter

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2008

A businesswoman has recalled the chilling details of her ordeal in the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai.

Toni Nagel was rescued by Indian commandos after 18 hours barricaded with a friend as terrorists killed three guests in neighbouring rooms.
Thirty-two people were killed at the luxury hotel, with 135 others evacuated.

“The shooting started while I was in the lift,” said Ms Nagel, who was in Mumbai on business. “By the time I got out the atrium was deserted. There was senseless shooting going on in the lobby.


Attack designed to hurt Israel-India ties

By Anshel Pfeffer and Yaakov Katz, December 4, 2008

The targeting of Israelis and Jews in Mumbai was intended to strike a blow against Indian national symbols and its international relations, according to Indian and Israeli intelligence assessments.

Initial reports indicated that the terrorists might have chosen the Chabad House at random. But the interrogation of the sole surviving terrorist, Ajmal Kasab, and other evidence found among the terrorists’ equipment, proved that the target was selected and located well in advance.


'Moishy cried for his mother.'

By Anshel Pfeffer and Leon Symons, December 4, 2008

Shimon and Yehudit Rosenberg knew that their daughter, Rivka, and son-in-law, Gavriel Holzberg, were dead. But they still insisted on celebrating Shabbat in a joyful atmosphere.


Analysis: Terror will bring us closer

By Saikat Datta, December 4, 2008

India and Israel have shared concerns over Islamic terrorism and cooperate in such diverse fields as agriculture and defence.

Culturally, they have sought mutual comfort in a divided world. Every year, nearly 30,000 Israelis spend months in India. Annual bilateral trade is pegged at nearly $3 billion, even if you discount the military hardware that India buys from Israel every year. Add in such defence purchases and you could add another $6bn to the total.

So Israeli criticism of the military operation in Nariman House was greeted in India with shock, hurt and disappointment.