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PM Modi congratulates 26/11’s Israeli survivor Moshe on his coming of age ceremony

In a moving message, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Moshe, the Israeli boy who survived the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, on his coming of age ceremony. 

Prime Minister wrote “As you make this important transition and cross a significant landmark in the journey of your life, the courage of Sandra and prayers of the people of India will continue to bless you for a long, healthy and successful life.” 

Bar Mitzvah is a ceremony performed for Jewish boys at the age of 13. The youngster turned 13 on November 28. Prime Minister’s message was read out by Sanjeev Singla, India’s Ambassador to Israel.  The PM said that the perpetrators of the “cowardly terrorist attack” in Mumbai “clearly failed” in their intent.

Moshe was a two-year-old toddler when his parents were killed in the terror attacks at Nariman House by Pakistani terrorists.  The boy, standing and crying between his dead parents’ bodies, was saved in a daring move by his nanny, Sandra Samuels. The PM said ‘Your story continues to inspire everyone. It is one of miracle and hope overcoming tragedy and immeasurable loss’ 

The Prime Minister recalled his meeting with Moshe during his trip to Israel in July 2017. He expressed hope that his wish to return to Mumbai as the director of the Chabad House “comes true”.

Moshe had said in July, 2017 in Jerusalem while hugging the Prime Minister, “I hope I will be able to visit Mumbai, and when I get older, live there. I will be the director of our Chabad House…I love you and your people in India” 

The Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists who carried out Mumbai 26/11 attacks in 2008 also targeted the Chabad House where six Jews, including Moshe’s parents Rabbi Gabriel and Rivka Holtzberg, were killed. 

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