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Modi in Israel: PM meets 26/11 terror attack child survivor Moshe Holtzberg

Modi also met Moshe's Indian nanny who managed to escape with him from Nariman House during 26/11

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Narendra Modi
The two leaders met paternal and maternal grandparents of Moshe and Ms Sandra Solomon, the nanny who had saved baby Moshe on 26/11 | Photo Twitter: Gopal Baglay‏ @MEAIndia

In a special gesture, Prime Minister today met Moshe Holtzberg, the Israeli child who was just two years old when he lost his parents in the 2008 terror attack.

Modi's decision to meet Moshe, now 11, along his grandparents was an emotional moment for the family.

Modi also met Moshe's Indian nanny Sandra Samuels, who managed to escape with him from the Nariman House which came under attack by Pakistan-based LeT terrorists, and his grandparents Shimon and Yehudit Rosenberg.

Moshe was two when his parents Rivka and Gavriel Holtzberg, serving as emissaries of Chabad in Mumbai, were killed along with six others by terrorists at the Nariman House, also popularly known as Chabad House.

The Nariman House was one of the five places targeted by the terrorists, killing 166 people.

Moshe now lives in Afula, Israel, with his grandparents - Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg and his wife Yehudit Rosenberg. He now goes to a yeshiva (religious school). He is still very attached to his nanny Sandra who works in and joins the family over the weekends.

honoured Sandra with an honorary citizenship in September 2010.

She works with young kids in during the week and joins the Rosenberg family in the north during the weekends.

Before the meeting Modi, Moshe's grandfather had said he wanted to do his grandson's 'bar mitvah', a ceremony performed for Jewish boys at the age of 13 which Indian scholars in compare with upnayana or the thread ceremony, in for which he would invite Modi.

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First Published: Wed, January 17 2018. 02:42 IST