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PM Modi to meet Moshe, the toddler who survived 26/11 attacks, in Jerusalem

The attack on Nariman House in Mumbai killed his parents-Rabbi Holtzberg and Rivka Holtzberg

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Jerusalem : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi, right, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after signing the guestbook at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, Tuesday, July 4 2017. Photo: PTI
Jerusalem : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi, right, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after signing the guestbook at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, Tuesday, July 4 2017. Photo: PTI

Holtzberg, the Israeli child who as a toddler survived the 2008 terror attack at a Jewish centre in Mumbai, is "excited and emotional" ahead of his meeting with Prime Minister Modi in on Wednesday, his grandfather says.

Shortly before Moshe's second birthday, the terrorists stormed the Chabad House in Mumbai, taking the toddler, his parents and several tourists hostage. Moshe's nanny, Sandra Samuels, was also in the building but managed to hide in a room downstairs.


She emerged when she heard Moshe's cries and found him standing between his parents' bodies. She grabbed him and fled the building, also known as the 'Nariman House', which reopened in 2014 after extensive renovations.

now lives in Afula, Israel, with his grandparents -- Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg and his wife Yehudit Rosenberg.

"is excited and emotional. We all are. We attach a lot of importance to the visit of Modi to and his deciding to meet us," Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg told PTI over the phone from

Modi is making a special point by meeting 11-year-old Moshe, who survived the 2008 attack that claimed the lives of his parents, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, the directors of the Chabad House.

"We all are here at from Afula to meet the Indian prime minister. This meeting is very important to us as the prime minister, who represents 125 crore Indians, has shown a desire to meet and us," Rosenberg said.

"has given too much love to and all of us. God bless and Prime Minister Modi," he said.

"It is nice to know that we have not been forgotten and that Indians share our pain," he said.

Asked if recalls the Chabad House attack in Mumbai, Rosenberg said, "He doesn't speak much (on the terror attacks) but says Chabad House is his home."

will be visiting Chabad House after two years when he is 13, Rosenberg said.

"I could not believe my ears when I got a call from the Indian ambassador saying that Prime Minister Modi wants to meet us," Moshe's grandfather said.

Samuels, 53, was granted honorary Israeli citizenship in 2008. She frequently travels from her home in to visit and his grandparents. The Rosenbergs and Samuels have also been invited to meet the prime minister.

Rabbi Kozlovsky, the director of Chabad House in Mumbai, said he was looking forward to a new era of ever-more friendly relations between and

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First Published: Wed, July 05 2017. 15:06 IST
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