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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.


Chabad faces an uncertain future

By Anshel Pfeffer and Yaakov Katz, December 4, 2008

Israel does not plan to provide security for Chabad Houses around the world, defence and diplomatic officials said this week.

One diplomat said: “Chabad is not an official Israeli government agency and there is no way we can treat them differently to other Jewish communities operating abroad.”


Team Obama talks tough on Iran

By Nathan Guttman, December 4, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama has won praise from Jewish and pro-Israel groups for his foreign policy and security team.

Among the nominations announced on Monday, of particular interest was that of New York Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.


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.


US charity gave $12.4m to Hamas

November 27, 2008

Five former leaders of a Muslim charity may face lengthy prison sentences after being convicted on multiple charges of transferring money to Hamas.

A court in the United States ruled that the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development - once the largest Muslim charity in the US - must now forfeit some $12.4 million (£8m) to the United States government.

The move follows a lengthy legal process and a trial last year which broke down in disarray after a jury deadlock, prompting a mis-trial.


Iranian ‘Mossad’ ring broken

By Leon Symons, November 27, 2008

Iran claimed to have broken a Mossad spy network that was seeking information about its nuclear programme and planning to carry out bombings and assassinations.

Last week, businessman Ali Ashtari was executed after being accused of spying for Israel. The semi-official Fars agency put out a story saying that the 45-year-old had been arrested two years ago and confessed to spying for Israel using security and telecommunications equipment. Israel denied all claims.