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Jerusalem: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Moshe Holtzberg, the little boy who was orphaned in the 26/11 terror attack on the Chabad House, in Jerusalem, Israel on July 5, 2017. (Photo: IANS/PIB) by .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Moshe Holtzberg, the little boy who was orphaned in the 26/11 terror attack on the Chabad House, in Jerusalem, Israel (Photo: IANS/PIB)

Moshe Holtzberg, the son of Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg who were killed by terrorists during the attack on Chabad House in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, has received an entry visa to India….reports Asian Lite News

Jerusalem: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Moshe Holtzberg, the little boy who was orphaned in the 26/11 terror attack on the Chabad House, in Jerusalem, Israel on July 5, 2017. (Photo: IANS/PIB) by .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Moshe Holtzberg, the little boy who was orphaned in the 26/11 terror attack on the Chabad House, in Jerusalem, Israel (Photo: IANS/PIB)

India’s Ambassador to Israel Pavan Kapoor granted Holtzberg the visa, Arutz Sheva newspaper reported.

Holtzberg’s maternal grandparents, who are raising him, also received entry visa.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised the visa during his visit to Israel on July 5.

During his visit to Israel, Modi met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Moshe, his Indian nanny Sandra Samuels who saved him from the terrorists, and Moshe’s grandparents.

Gavriel and Rivka were killed in the November 2008 attack when terrorists entered their Chabad House in Mumbai and slaughtered them. Moshe’s life was saved by his nanny, Sandra, who managed to escape the area holding the then two-year-old Moshe in her arms.

According to Moshe’s grandfather Shimon Rosenberg, Moshe, now 11 years old, plans to take his parents’ place as the Chabad emissary to India when he gets old

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Moshe Holtzberg, the now 11-year-old survivor of the 26/11 attacks, in Jerusalem, Israel

“He was born there, and for him, that’s his home,” Rosenberg explained. “He wants to hold his bar mitzva in India, and go on a tour of the area to find his roots. Obviously, he will also visit the grave of the Lubavitcher Rebbe at the same time.”

“Moshe told me yesterday that the Indian Prime Minister said that when he’s eighteen, he can go back to India and be a Chabad emissary and the country’s Chief Rabbi,” the Israeli newspaper reported.

During his meeting with Modi on July 5, Moshe had read out a short speech: “Namaste, aapka swagat hai hamare desh mein (welcome to our country),” Moshe had said.

“Dear Mr Modi, I love you and your people in India.”

“I love to play, I try to be a good student… Please continue to love me, always remember my parents,” Moshe said.

“I hope I will be able to visit Mumbai. When I live there I will be the director of Chabad house.”

Modi had assured, “Anytime you can come to India. Anytime you can go….”

Moshe lives with his grandparents in Afula, around 90 km from Jerusalem.