Jewish and Israeli hostages taken at Chabad House in Mumbai

2nd update, Message from Chabad:

At this moment, police commandoes are trying to regain control over the Chabad House and have managed to injure or kill one of the terrorists inside.
Reports are stating that numbers of Israeli travellers as well as the local Chabad emissary along with his wife and young child have not yet been accounted for.
Their whereabouts is unknown. It is possible that they are hostages in their own Chabad House.
Please take a moment to recite Tehillim (Psalms) for Gavriel Noach ben Freida Bluma, his wife Rivka bas Yehudis and their son Moshe Tzvi ben Rivka along with all the other Israeli travellers and for all the others who are in danger at this time.


Islamic terrorists also attacked police headquarters in south Mumbai, the area where most of the attacks, which began late Wednesday and continued into Thursday morning, took place.

“We are under fire, there is shooting at the gate,” said a constable, A. Shetti, by phone from police headquarters.


From Chabad Lubavitch

Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg and son, Chabad representatives to India

Search for Chabad Family in Mumbai After Terrorist Strike

MUMBAI, INDIA — (November 26, 2008)


 he situation is grim late Wednesday in Mumbai (Bombay) India where reports of more than 80 dead and 250 wounded are seeping out of the beleaguered city. Of great concern is the silence from Chabad’s representatives to Mumbai, RabbiGavriel and Rivka Holtzberg. No one from the Chabad center has been heard from since the attacks.

The dead and wounded are victims of a sophisticated plot in which seven locations throughout the city were attacked by terrorists. Several of the city’s most exclusive hotels, a restaurant, train station, and hotel were bombed. The attacks come as the country is consumed by controversial elections.

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The city, which is India’s financial capital, plays host to many foreigners and their embassies are assisting in the search and rescue efforts.

Lubavitch personnel in Bangkok, Israel and New York are working closely with the Israeli Foreign Ministry and  the U.S. government to help establish contact with the Holtzbergs and other missing persons in the Chabad House area.

Mumbai’s Chabad House, situated near the sites of destruction, is a popular stop for Israeli tourists. The Holtzbergs offer a host of programs, including providing kosher food, to locals and visitors alike.

8 thoughts on “Jewish and Israeli hostages taken at Chabad House in Mumbai”

  1. Silly me. Why didn’t I think this would happen?

    I remember all those plane hijackings by the PFLP, and Entebbe.

    Not to mention what happened in Munich.

  2. Nuke Mecca. If that does not work, nuke Medina. If no results, bomb temple mount, a nuke would destroy the Jewish heritage of the site. If even that does not work, nuke Pakistan, Indonesia, Somalia, Bosnia and the like. That is bound to work.

  3. Why are the Heads of Islamic states not condemming this heinous act? Chabad families do only good to everyone who enters their homes. They ask for nothing in return. These are the truly good Jews.
    May God protect them and their families

  4. Allah’s Apostle said, “You (i.e. Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, ‘O ‘Abdullah (i.e. slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.’ ”
    Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 176

  5. Yet more proof, if proof be needed, that Jews are in the eye of the jihadi storm.

    Ironically, many Jews try to cosy up to Muslims, promoting interfaith and other fraudulent meetings. Rabbis like Jonathon Keren Black and Fred Morgan from Melbourne have done enormous harm to the Jewish community by promoting Islamofascism under the guise of interfaith. They have gained enormous kudos and funding from it, with invitations to speak at prestigious gatherings, and care little that they have betrayed their own people.

    Time to get tough with Islam. It’s the only way we can begin to reclaim our democracy and equality under the law – otherwise we will all become slaves under this totalitarian fascistic ideology.

    For starters, all Islamic depts at universities should be closed, as should Islamic schools that are found to be funded by Saudis and any which teach extremism.

    Islam must be de-privileged – no separate toilets on campus, no JCMA going into schools to show how tolerant Islam is, no government funded Islamic fashion parades. The list goes on.

  6. Ciccio’s comments might seem extreme, but we nuked Japan during WW2 and it stopped them – nothign else would have done.

    Sometimes the only way to defeat an enemy is to send a message by superior force.

    One thing is clear – our being sensitive to Muslims and PC accommodation has greatly exacerbated the problem.

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