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.


Alert system widened as Kassams continue

By Ben Lynfield, November 20, 2008

The port city of Ashdod, 24 km north of the Gaza border, was this week connected to the rocket alert system already in use in Ashkelon and Sderot. It is an acknowledgement that threats by Palestinian militants to bring it within range are being taken seriously.

The move comes as an escalation of fighting continued to shake the five- month-old ceasefire between Israel and Hamas along the Gaza border.


Arrest over 1980 bombing

November 20, 2008

A sociology professor has been arrested by Canadian police in connection with the 1980 bombing of a Paris shul in which four people were killed and more than 20 wounded. University of Ottawa lecturer, Hassan Diab, 54, was arrested in Gatineau, Quebec. Two French judges had issued a warrant against him.


Baroness Neville-Jones: Israel has lessons for UK on security

By Dana Gloger, September 16, 2008

Shadow security minister Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones has said that Israel "had shown the world" how to deal with terrorism while maintaining democracy.

The former head of the UK's joint intelligence committee, who is now the national security adviser to Conservative leader David Cameron, said Britain could learn from Israel on how to handle terrorist threats and said she believed co-operation between the two countries to be close.