Moshe Holtzberg was not even two years old when he lost his parents in the 2008 Mumbai attack on Nariman House, the Chabad center in the city. On Tuesday, he returned to India for the first time. During his visit, he will return to the site of the horrific attack.
Holtzberg gets a warm hug from Modi Photo Credit: Haim Tzach/GPO
Moshe Holtzberg, who survived the 2008 Mumbai Chabad house terror attack, returned to India for the first time on Tuesday, accompanied by his grandmother and grandfather. Holtzberg was orphaned before his second birthday, when his parents, who were in charge of the Chabad house, were murdered in the attack.
While in India, Holtzberg, who is now 11 years old, will return to the site of the attack with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the unveiling of a memorial to commemorate the 166 people who were murdered in the series of attacks in Mumbai in November 2008. The attack on the Chabad house, also known as Nariman House, was one of the 12 targets that terrorists struck within a four-day period.
Earlier this week, Netanyahu flew to India for a historic visit marking 25 years of bilateral relations between Jerusalem and New Delhi. About six months ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Israel, becoming the first sitting Indian prime minister to visit the country.
Watch: Netanyahu and his wife enjoy their time in India
During a press conference on Monday, Netanyahu and Modi announced a series of agreements that they signed in order to advance the cooperation between the two countries. Netanyahu said that the visit “heralds the flourishing” of the friendship between Israel and India.
Netanyahu praised Modi in his speech. “You are a revolutionary leader,” he said. “You have revolutionized India and catapulting this state to the future, your visit to Israel was groundbreaking as it was the first time an Indian leader visited.”
The Israeli prime minister also said that the fact that anti-Semitic attacks are a rare occurrence in India attests to the tolerance and democracy in the country. Jokingly, Netanyahu added: “My friend Narendra, if anytime you want to do a Yoga class with me, you are welcome, though it will be a bit of stretch.”