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Israel’s PM unveils memorial for Mumbai attack victims

January 18, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, receives a memento from Moshe Holtzberg, center, a young boy whose parents were killed during a 2008 terror attack as he unveils plans for a state-of-the-art Living Memorial in commemoration of the victims of the Mumbai attacks at the Chabad House in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Jan 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Israel’s prime minister visited a Jewish center in Mumbai on Thursday and unveiled a memorial to 166 people who were killed by militants who rampaged through the Indian city in a three-day siege in 2008.

Benjamin Netanyahu met with Moshe Holtzberg, a boy whose parents were among six people killed at the Chabad Center during the attack. Netanyahu patted Moshe’s shoulder and cheeks and posed for photographs.

Netanyahu said light would spread from the memorial to make the world a better place.

Moshe, 11, thanked the prime minister for visiting the center.

The Chabad Trust of India is converting parts of the building into a memorial for the victims of the attack, which also targeted a main railroad station, posh hotels and a cafe. India has blamed a Pakistan-based militant group.

Moshe was 2 at the time of the attack and was saved by his nanny, Sandra Samuel, who found him by his parents’ bodies. He left for Israel after the attack and returned to India for the first time on Tuesday.

Samuel was given Israeli citizenship and accompanied Moshe and his relatives back to Mumbai.

His parents were emissaries of the Chabad movement living in Mumbai. Chabad is a Hasidic group known for its religious outreach programs serving Jews worldwide.

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