Reporting from Bombay is of such poor quality and contradictory nature that it has taken me three hours to distill from many British, Israeli, and the Hindu press and websites, the following:
Last Thursday night just as Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, his wife Rivka, above, and four guests sat down for the evening meal.
Suddenly two heavily-armed Islamic terrorists burst into the five-story building housing Bombay's Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish Center which served as a hostel where Jews traveling in India can find kosher food, a place to rest and religious services.
The Holtzbergs and their guests were quickly separated into two groups and bound.
- Holtzberg, and kosher supervisors Rabbi Leibish Teitelbaum, who lived in Israel, and Bentzion Chroman, an Israeli from the town of Bat Yam were kept on the second floor. A fourth male has yet to be identified.
- Rivka and Yocheved Orpaz, an Israeli who was in India to visit her daughter and grandchildren were on the third floor.
The Holtzbergs' son, Moishe, would turn two on Saturday. His exact whereabouts during the first hours of the assault is unknown.
Several other staff, all gentiles, scattered throughout the building, hiding where they could. Among them was Moshe's Indian nanny, Sandra Samuel, along a male staffer, would hide for the next several hours in a small storage room.
In such a gruesome, evil hell, it is easy to question the whereabouts of God. But His presence would be felt through the cries of a child and an angel named Sandra.
She would later recall:
"The whole night I heard gunshots and loud blasts," Samuel told police. "Next morning (Thursday) it was quiet for a while, when I heard the baby crying."
"I was very scared, but I was even more scared for the baby. A lot of hours went by. We stayed like that until 11 a. m. and then, suddenly, I heard Moishe; he called me: 'Sandra! Sandra! Sandra!'
"I decided to go upstairs despite the shooting and find him. The guy who was with me didn't want me to go upstairs, but I was scared that if Moishe kept calling me, somebody will hear him, get to him and harm him.
She quietly unbolted the door, and went up to the second floor where she found Moshe, covered in blood, crying next to four people lying motionless on the floor.
"When I got upstairs all the terrorists were apparently on the roof. I found Moishe standing next to his parents. Everything was full of blood. I grabbed him, went outside the room and ran outside.
Above is the photo shows Sandra rushing Moshe to an ambulance just outside the Chabad Center, having saved him just moments before. He was uninjured but covered with his parents blood.
Moshe's maternal grandparents, Rabbi Shimon and Yehudit Rosenberg brought the orphaned boy and Sandra Samuel to Israel yesterday on an air force plane. A huge crowd gathered Tuesday morning in Kfar Chabad, Israeli headquarters of the Chabad movement, for Moshe's parents' funeral; they were later buried in Jerusalem's Mount of Olives.
Moishe's cries for "Ima" and "Dada," (mummy and daddy) could he heard as the as the service began.
Moishe Zvi Holtzberg turned two years old on the day he became an orphan.
In his eulogy, Rivka's father, Rabbi Rosenberg, told the crowd of mourners that "They killed three people, not two," explaining that his daughter was five months pregnant.
Heroine To Be Honored
It was announced yesterday by the Israeli foreign ministry that it is considering granting Ms Samuel the status of "Righteous Gentile"--one of the highest honors Israel can bestow on non-Jews--which would allow her to remain in Israel for some time.
Shimon Rosenberg, the father of Rivka Rosenberg who was killed by terrorists at the Chabad house in Mumbai, thanked Indian resident Sandra Samuel who saved his grandson.
"If she hadn't grabbed him, he would have been murdered," said Rosenberg during a ceremony in memory of the terror attack's victims, attended by some 100 Israelis and members of the local Jewish community.
The bodies of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka bore such horribly obvious wounds of torture that physicians conducting post-mortem exams would not even describe them. As they are prohibited by Jewish law, there were no autopsies.
"It was clear that they were killed on Wednesday. It was obvious that they were tied up and tortured before they were killed," one physician said. "It was so bad that I do not want to go over the details even in my head again."
Further details about the terrorists killed, jailed and those who may have evaded death or captured, have been sketchy.
As I earlier wrote, this operation required more than 10 indiscriminate killers; there are rumors for example that some of the subhumans may have prepared for months while living in buildings near the Chabad House.
I'd hang 'em from a bridge.
In one of the very, very few gutsy acts by a Muslim on record, a raghead cemetery in Bombay (Mumbai--for the politically correct) has refused to bury the unclaimed bodies of nine IslamoNazi sub-humans killed in last week's terror attacks.
Hanif Nalkhande, a spokesman for the cemetery, said: “People who committed this heinous crime cannot be called Muslim. Islam does not permit this sort of barbaric crime”, saying the gunmen were not true followers of Islam.
There are seven other Muslim graveyards in Bombay, but none are likely to accept the bodies.
"India's Home Minister Shivraj Patil, who has become highly unpopular during a long series of terror attacks across India, submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday.
I don't know if he jumped or was pushed, but it was the right and dignified thing to do; it's been over seven years and not a single federal official has resigned or been fired over 9/11.
According to details of Israeli Defense Force (IDF) planning meetings and resultant operations, made public for the first time in a weekend Haaretz report, top IDF brass have signed off on a number of operational plans involving the assassination of wanted Palestinian militants in situations where their arrest "would probably have been possible" and where potential harm to unidentified civilians was explicitly condoned.