Family of Mumbai terror victims approved for home in Israel

Israel approves parents of Chabad emissary murdered in Mumbai attack for state-owned apartment, paving the way for their move to Israel.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Moishy Holtzberg with PM Netanyahu and Indian PM Modi
Moishy Holtzberg with PM Netanyahu and Indian PM Modi
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Rabbi Nachman and Freida Holtzberg, who lost their son and daughter-in-law nine years ago in the Mumbai terror attack, on Wednesday were approved for public housing, Israel Hayom reported.

During a Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony, Housing Minister Yoav Galant (Likud) told the Holtzbergs of the decision, which will allow them to move to Israel and take part in their grandson Moshe's upbringing.

Moshe, 11, was saved by his Indian nanny Sandra. He is being raised by his maternal grandparents Shimon and Yehudit Rosenberg.

"Tonight, the State returns a moral debt to the family which lost their son, Rabbi Gavriel Noach, and their daughter-in-law, Rebbetzin Rivka, in a horrific terror attack," Galant said. "I am happy to give them this evening a state-owned apartment in Beitar Illit, which will allow them to provide family support to their grandson."

Moshe spent the ceremony in a side room, since his grandparents did not want to disturb his studies.

In the 2008 attack, terrorists raided Mumbai's Chabad House and murdered six people, including Rivka and Gavriel. During a summer visit to Israel, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Moshe and his maternal grandparents, emphasizing that the family is always welcome in India and providing the three with the necessary visas.


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