Mumbai: For Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg, the
death penalty to Ajmal Kasab is a welcome step but rues the
verdict cannot help in bringing back his daughter and
son-in-law, who lost their lives in the 26/11 attacks.
"It feels good that the court has awarded death
sentence to the terrorist. But it does not comfort us because
Gabi and Rivki cannot come back," Rabbi Shimon told PTI over
phone from Israel.
Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and Rivka were killed by two
terrorists who laid a three-day terror siege at the Chabad
House starting November 26, 2008. The couple was survived by
their three-old boy Moshe, who now lives with his maternal
A special court sent Kasab to the gallows for
conspiracy, murder, waging war against the nation and
committing terror acts.
"The terrorists created a war-like situation for three
days and were here to kill people. So the sentence of
executing one of the terrorists is always welcome," he said.
The incident, however, has not changed their opinion
"We will definitely come back to Mumbai once Moshe is
old enough. We would like to show him the place that his
parents had so fondly built. Unfortunately it was the same
place where they breathed last," Rabbi Shimon said.
The Holtzberg-ran the Jewish outreach centre in Colaba
in south Mumbai which had an educational centre and a
synagogue, offered drug prevention services and stay to the
people of their faith.
Moshe, who is now looked after by Indian nanny Sandra
Samuel, often misses his parents and the city, Rabbi Shimon
said, adding, "Moshe is fine and is now attending kindergarten
Chabad House, also known as Nariman House, one of the
terror onslaught sites on November 26, still has the bullet
marks, reminding the hand grenades and rocket launchers that
were exchanged in cross-firing during the 45 hour terror siege
pulverized the Jewish community across the world.