VIDEO: When PM Modi met Moshe Holtzberg — toddler who survived 26/11 attacks

In 2008, when Moshe was two, his parents Rivka and Gavriel Holtzberg was serving as emissaries of Chabad in Mumbai. They were killed along with six others by terrorists at the Nariman House.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 6, 2017 12:52 am
Narendra Modi Meets Moshe Holtzberg, Moshe Holtzberg mumbai attack survivor, Benjamin Netanyahu Modi, Indian express Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with the 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg, one of the survivors of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, in Jerusalem, Israel on Wednesday. Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu is also seen. PTI Photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met Israeli Moshe Holtzberg, who lost his parents in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, marking a poignant moment on his tour. Welcoming PM Modi to Israel, the boy read out a letter. “Namaste pradhan mantri Hindustan ka, aapka swagat hain humhare desh mein (Welcome to our country, Prime Minister of India),” the 11-year-old read the letter as both the prime ministers stood beside him smiling.

“My name is Moshe Holtzberg, the son of Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg. I was 11 years old, I was saved by very own nanny Sandra Samuel, may God bless her. I and every child thank God and love to play and I be a good student. This is my house, I hope I’ll be able to visit Mumbai,” Moshe read describing his background and how he was saved in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

This is the first time Moshe spoke about the attacks. Speaking before Modi made it more special. In 2008, when Moshe was two, his parents Rivka and Gavriel Holtzberg was serving as emissaries of Chabad in Mumbai. They were killed along with six others by terrorists at the Nariman House.

As he finished his letter, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked the young boy to accompany him on his tour to India on the invitation of Modi.

Here’s what Moshe Holtzberg said to PM Modi

The boy’s grandfather Rabbi Nachman Holtzberg standing beside clapped to encourage the boy. The Indian nanny Ms Samuel, who has been recognised as an honorary citizen of Israel for saving the then two-year-old Moshe, was there as well.

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    Moni
    Jul 6, 2017 at 12:10 pm
    Now india and israel will be known as the most powerful countries in the world.
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    Shamrao Vinekar
    Jul 6, 2017 at 12:05 pm
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Israel is partly business and partly emotional because of so many Bene Israeli Jews of Indian origin have migrated to Israel. They are still considered as part and parcel of India. We Indians were particularly sympathetic of the little boy Moshe Halzberg who lost his parents in the Pakistani sponsored terrorist attack in Mumbai on 26/11/2008. Fortunately this little toddler survived because his nanny hid him to safety. We are particularly grateful to this lady. We still feel sorry for the loss of his parents.
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    Saravanan Kamachi Pillay
    Jul 6, 2017 at 5:37 am
    A great moment in humanity, my salute to you, Modi ji..
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    sanam
    Jul 6, 2017 at 4:53 am
    What a gift of Mohamed followers to humanity. I wish Jews were India's largest minority- at least no terror attacks from Muslims.
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