Baby Moshe, Israeli Boy Who Survived 26/11 Carnage, Visits Mumbai Today

  • Baby Moshe, Israeli Boy Who Survived 26/11 Carnage, Visits Mumbai Today

Baby Moshe, Israeli Boy Who Survived 26/11 Carnage, Visits Mumbai Today

"This will be Moshe's first visit to the Nariman House in over nine years", Rosenberg told PTI over phone from Israel. Rabbi Israel Kozolovasky, who heads the centre, said the memorial is dedicated to those killed in the November 2008 attacks.

According to Rabbi Kozlovsky, everyone at Chabad House is "very excited" about the visit.

Mumbai: Moshe Holtzberg, 11, who lost his parents in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and now lives in Israel, will this week return to the site of the tragedy for the first time. Moshe was two years old while the Nariman House was under siege and was rescued by his nanny.

At a ceremony on Thursday, the student of yeshivah (a Jewish institution that focuses on the study of traditional religious texts) will join Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in unveiling a plaque honouring his parents at Nariman House. Moshe's grandparents, nanny Sandra Samuels, and a psychologist are travelling to India along with him. "We hope to finish a part of the memorial before the next 26/11 anniversary, which would be the tenth", he said. "Nariman House was the place where he got the last hug from his mother and the last kiss from his father", he said.

Moshe's financial well-being is now taken care of by a fund established by Chabad-Lubavitch and expected to see him into adulthood.

Kozolovasky said Moshe also wanted to see the Gateway of India during his visit. "The wellness of this child is of utmost importance for Jewish, Indian and Israeli nations", he said citing the need to protect Moshe from intense media glare.

He met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Israel a year ago, who left him an open invitation to visit India any time he wanted. "After all, it will reflect the spirit of Mumbai and India, which has successfully fought terror on many occasions", Kozlovsky said. In July past year, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Israel, Moshe had met the leader and wished to live in Mumbai. "I wish the PM would do something to ease the process".

The visit of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to Mumbai includes a business summit in the morning on January 18, at Hotel Taj Mahal. "India has given us respect and love and treated us like family. I hope the Israeli PM extends the same to Jews settled in India, too".