Al Qaeda leader calls for Gaza reprisal in Britain

January 22, 2009

A Reuters reports says that an Al-Qaeda leader has called for retaliation attacks in Britain in return for the Gaza conflict, because, he says, the UK was behind the creation of Israel.

In a video posted on an Islamist website, Abu Yahya al-Libi, whose group took responsibility for the July 2005 terror attacks, said "It's high time that this criminal country, I mean Britain, paid the price of its historic crime. There is no child who dies in Palestine ... without this being the outcome of the (country) that handed Palestine to the Jews ... Britain."


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.


Holzbergs were beautiful couple, says Sacks

December 3, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks told an emotional memorial service for the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks that the Jewish community would "rekindle the lights to banish terror and darkness from the world."


As dawn breaks, normality returns

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 1, 2008

The streets of the commercial areas in South Mumbai were, on Friday and Saturday, relatively free of traffic as drivers avoided the area around the Taj Mahal Hotel, as the fighting continued.

By Sunday morning, things were back to something close to normal: every empty parking area was occupied by young men playing street cricket.
On Monday, the frenetic Mumbai working week resumed; the traffic is now as intractable as ever.


Funerals under way for Mumbai victims

By Leon Symons, December 1, 2008

Funerals for some of the six Jewish victims of last week's terror attack on Mumbai's Chabad House are taking place in Israel. Mourners followed a procession for Aryeh Teitelbaum, 37, from Mea She'arim, in Jerusalem, to the Mount of Olives, where he will be buried.

The family of Mr Teitelbaum, a Chassidic jew, had rejected Israel's offer to include him in the official memorial ceremony when the bodies arrivedat Ben-Gurion Airport last night. They also stressed that they did they did want his coffin wrapped in an Israeli flag as those of the other victims would be.


Rabbi and wife among Mumbai victims

By Marcus Dysch and Anshel Pfeffer in Mumbai, November 28, 2008

The rabbi held hostage with his wife in Mumbai are among those killed in the Chabad House attack, the Chabad-Lubavitch movement has confirmed.

Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, ran the movement's local headquarters, one of 10 buildings attacked on Thursday. Indian special forces had stormed the building at first light on Friday. Lowered on to the five-storey building by helicopters, they blew a large hole in the roof.


Fifteen Israelis could be held

By Daniella Peled, November 27, 2008

As many as 15 Israeli citizens may currently be held hostage in various locations around Mumbai following Wednesday's series of terror attacks.

The Foreign Ministry believes six Israelis are being held in the Chabad centre, with others among the hostages at the Oberoi Hotel.

A further 20-25 believed to be in the city have yet to make contact with their families in Israel.

Foreign Ministry officials described a tense and confused situation as they worked to gain information on the hostages and other Israelis.


Analysis: From our Foreign Editor

By Daniella Peled, November 27, 2008

This is far from the first mass terror attack in Mumbai, India's sprawling financial capital. Just two years ago, 200 people were killed in bomb attacks on the city's trains, blamed on a Pakistani and Indian Islamist groups.

But last night's atrocity was different.

This was an extremely well co-ordinated strike, featuring teams of gunmen attacking specific targets.


Hostages released from Chabad House

November 27, 2008

Many of the Jewish hostages held by Islamic terrorists are understood to have been released from the Chabad House in Mumbai.

Israeli TV had reported that one of the hostages was forced at gunpoint to call the Israeli embassy in New Delhi with the captors' demand for the release of Islamic terrorists from Indian jails.

Full details are unclear. But among the hostages taken early on Thursday morning was rabbi Gabriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka.