Thursday, November 27, 2008

Chabad House In Mumbai Stormed by Islamic Jihadists

from "101 Killed As Gunmen Rampage In India City"

Gunmen also seized the Mumbai headquarters of the ultra-orthodox Jewish outreach group Chabad Lubavitch. Indian commandos surrounded the building Thursday morning and witnesses said gunfire was heard from the building.
A spokesman for the Lubavitch movement in New York, Rabbi Zalman Shmotkin, said attackers "stormed the Chabad house" in in Mumbai.

"It seems that the terrorists commandeered a police vehicle which allowed them easy access to the area of the Chabad house and threw a grenade at a gas pump nearby," he said.

Around 10:30 a.m., three people were led from the building and escorted away by police: a woman, a child and an Indian cook, said one witness, who also spoke on condition of anonymity. He said he did not know the status of occupants of the house, which serves as an educational center and a synagogue.

Mumbai jihadists hold rabbi and wife hostage
* CNN: “There might indeed be Islamic militants behind this…” [gee, and I thought it was the Salvation Army!--Sheik Yer'Mami]

Why? Because they see their jihad in India as just one part of the larger jihad against America, Britain, and the West, and against Israel. And because the Qur’an says that “strongest among men in enmity to the believers you will find the Jews…” (5:82).

“Terrorist Killed in Chabad House,”
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu and Hana Levi Julian for Israel National News,
November 27 (thanks to Pamela):

( Commandos have killed at least one terrorist holed up inside Mumbai’s Nariman House, the Chabad House where terrorists are holding a rabbi, his wife and a number of others hostage. Six other terrorists are still believed to be hiding in the building.An unknown Muslim terrorist group linked to the international Al Qaeda terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the massive multi-site terror attackcarried out late Wednesday night in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, home to some 15 million people and India’s largest city.

The terrorists struck two luxury hotels frequented by Americans and British nationals, the Taj Mahal Hotel and the Oberoi Hotel as well as the Cama Hospital with automatic weapons and grenades.

Also among the nine sites struck by the Deccan Mujahideen group throughout “the city that never sleeps” was the Mumbai Chabad House, known as Nariman House, run by Chabad-Lubavitch emissary Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka. The Chabad House is a popular stop for Israeli tourists passing through the area, who are provided with kosher food and Jewish programs there.

Local police secured the release of the couple’s one and a half-year-old son Moshe, but both parents were still being held captive. According to Yehudit Rozenberg, mother of Rivka Holtzberg, the family’s babysitter said that both parents were alive, but unconscious at last report, prior to 9:00 a.m.

Commandos surrounded the Chabad House and were preparing to attack. The terrorists have demanded that India release “all mujahedins,” and “Only after that will we release the people,” they told a local television station.

At least 101 people, including six foreigners and five terrorists, have died since the attacks began, and 600 others have been wounded. As of 7:00 a.m. Israel time, at least 16 police officers were among the dead. The terrorists have held more than 250 people as hostages in the Chabad House, a hospital and luxury hotels.

Several other Israelis have maintained telephone contact from their eight floor hotel rooms. The Chabad website reported that “the situation is grim.”..

'Eight Israelis held by terrorists in Mumbai Chabad House'

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