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Kislev 4, 5769, 12/1/2008
This post has been re-written. I have been corresponding with Robert Katz. Please read this new version; it comes to different conclusions. Thank you
I didn't expect this.
A couple of minutes ago, after dinner and after washing the dishes, I returned to the computer to read the news. My husband had left the Ha'aretz English newspaper on the screen. And no, in this case Ha'aretz isn't the guilty party. I saw that there was an article saying that Rebbitzin Rivka Holtzberg, HaYa"D's parents are thinking of taking up their dead daughter's post in Mumbai.
Apparently the information was given by Rabbi Yitzchak David Grossman's fundraiser, Robert Katz. Rabbi Grossman was Rivka Holtzberg's uncle and he is the founder of the Migdal Ohr in Migdal Haemek.
Katz then said: "This couple wasn't living in the West Bank. They weren't settlers. They weren't occupying anyone's land. They were killed because they were Jews, plain and simple."
-----Yes, I felt sick when I read that, and I don't have to pretend otherwise.
Thirteen years ago, I survived an Arab terror attack with light injuries. Our Shiloh Cemetery has many victims of Arab terror attacks, mostly teenagers.
Terror attacks are a very sensitive subject with me.
Robert Katz emailed me explaining that he hadn't meant what he said. He was being "sarcastic."
Obviously, he had never read my instructions for dealing with the media. Sarcasm is the big "no, no." My lawyer daughter says that she learned a lot from the movie, "My Cousin Vinnie," which is about the importance of punctuation and avoiding sarcasm.
I wish Mr. Katz the best of luck and apologize for writing badly of him.