PM Modi to Meet 26/11 Survivor Baby Moshe During Israel Visit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to meet Baby Moshe, the 11-year-old Jewish survivor of the 26/11 attacks, during his visit to Israel.
Baby Moshe was saved by his Indian nanny, Sandra, who managed to escape the scene. (Image: Reuters)
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to meet Baby Moshe, the 11-year-old Jewish survivor of the 26/11 attacks, during his visit to Israel.
Moshe was only two years old when his parents Rivka and Gavriel Holtzberg were killed by Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists in the Nariman House attack in Mumbai in 2008.
Nariman House, later renamed Chabad House, was one of the sites targeted by terrorists during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Eight Israelis were killed by the terrorists in the attacks.
Baby Moshe was saved by his Indian nanny, Sandra, who managed to escape the scene.
A National Security Guard (NSG) commando rappels from a helicopter near Nariman House where suspected militants are believed to be hiding, in Mumbai November 28, 2008. Indian commandos stormed a Jewish centre in Mumbai on Friday evening, killing two Islamist gunmen but failing to save five hostages, after two days of bloodshed that have created fresh tensions with old foe Pakistan. (Image: Reuters)
Sandra was honored by the Israeli government with the title of ‘Righteous Gentile’, the highest award given to non-Jews. The government also allowed her an extended stay in the country.
Moshe lives with his maternal grandparents—Shimon and Yehudit Rosenberg.
“PM Modi is expected to meet Moshe. I think it will be a very emotional meeting with a very strong message,” Israel's ambassador to India
Daniel Carmon told ANI.
PM Modi will be on a three-day visit to Israel from July 4. This is the first-ever visit to the country by an Indian Prime Minister.
The PM will be received by his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu at the airport along with a "top protocol team" comprising Israelis from various fields, including rabbis. This is a special gesture only accorded to the Pope or the US president, Carmon said.
The Israeli PM will also host a dinner for Modi on July 4.
(With inputs from agencies)
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