Moishe Holtzberg to Light Independence Day Torch
Little Moishe Holtzberg and his grandfather have been chosen to light a torch at the ceremony for the eve of Independence Day this year at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl military cemetery.
Moishe was the sole Jewish survivor of a terrorist siege and massacre at the Nariman Chabad House in Mumbai, India on November 26, 2008.
He was rescued by his Indian nanny, Sandra, who hid for hours in a closet until she spotted her chance, then raced out of the building with the 2-year-old in her arms.
Moishe's parents, Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, were both murdered in the attack along with four of their guests.
The boy and his nanny were later brought to Israel by his mother's parents, Rabbi Shimon and Yehudit Rosenberg.
“It is a very nice gesture,” Rabbi Rosenberg told Hebrew-language newspaper Yediot Acharanot. “It's something that connects the Diaspora with Israel, and speaks of unity.”
The murder of the Holtzbergs was part of a larger operation of more than 10 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks carried out across Mumbia in a three-day span. The team of 10 Islamic terrorists, who invaded the city from Pakistani waters, murdered 164 people and wounded at least 308 others, including a number of foreign tourists.
The lone terrorist who remained alive, Ajmal Kasab, was caught and revealed to authorities that the attackers were members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based terrorist organization. He was tried in India and sentenced to death in May 2010.