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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Some hostages in Chabad House were bound; Rabbi covered wife's body with prayer shawl

The bodies of at least two female victims from the Chabad House were bound with telephone cords and Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg had managed to cover his wife's body with a talith (prayer shawl) before he was murdered himself.
The bodies of Chabad-Lubavitch emissary, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, and kashrus inspector Aryeh Leibish Teitelbaum, were found in the Mumbai Chabad House library, with holy books in front of them. According to ZAKA emergency service, the body of the Rabbi's wife Rivka was found covered with a tallit, which her husband had managed to cover her with.

The bodies of the two other women who were killed along with Rivka Holtzberg were found tied with telephone cables. The women had apparently been bound before they were killed.


"After security forces completed the takeover of the Chabad House, ZAKA volunteers undertook the task of locating and extricating the bodies of the missing," ZAKA announced. "Six bodies were located and extricated during the course of the Sabbath. The operation was undertaken among the ruins despite risk of life, and the danger from exposed grenades," the hareidi-run group said.

ZAKA emissaries reportedly struggled through the Sabbath to prevent the bodies of the Jewish victims from being taken by local authorities for autopsies.

The sole terrorist who survived the Mumbai attacks told police that the attack on Chabad House was part of the squads' original plan. The terrorists planned to take hostages from the hotels and Chabad House and then use them to bargain for safe passage out of Mumbai, according to the Times of India.
I can only imagine what they would have done with the hostages once they were out of India. Of course, this is why they wanted to 'negotiate.' But the Indian authorities refused. Does anyone not named Obama think there would have been a better outcome if the authorities had negotiated? I doubt it.


Rivka Holtzberg HY"D was also tied up.
Israeli officials said Saturday night that it appeared that Rabbi Gavriel Holzberg and his wife Rivka were killed during the first minutes of the takeover of Beit Chabad by terrorists. Rivka Holzberg was found tied up in the building, as were the other murdered Israelis and Jews.

On Thursday, Indian media said that the Beit Chabad was not a primary target of the terrorists, and that the terror gang had taken refuge in the building after a gun battle with Indian soldiers. But Israeli officials told Channel 2 Saturday that such a scenario was every unlikely – because the Chabad House was on a side street. "It's not on a main street, and they wouldn't have gone out of their way if they hadn't been targeting it," a security official was quoted on Channel 2 as saying.
No one should be surprised that they were targeting Jews. No one.


At 3:17 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Of course Muslim terrorists target Jews. Jews represent everything they're not and they are the negation of nothingness. Rabbi Gabriel in his last time on earth showed holiness among absolute barbarism. Jews die to sanctify G-d's Name and when they do, they are always an inspiration to Jews on how to live. That is something the enemies of the Jewish people, who exalt death as a way of life, will never comprehend. May the memories of Rabbi Gabriel and Rebbetzin Rivka be for an eternal


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