Gavriel was a rabbi with the Chabad-Lubavitch Movement who had come to the Chabad center in 2003 to run a synagogue and Torah classes to serve the small Jewish community in Mumbai. That small presence was too much for the Muslims who took the Holtzbergs and six other people hostage and then executed them. An Indian doctor who examined the bodies said they were tortured. Rivka was several months pregnant.
Sandra Samuel, the Holtzberg's nanny, locked herself into a room on the first floor when the Muslim gunmen came, escaping their notice. She could hear Rivka screaming from the second floor, "Sandra help!" Then it stopped.
That night Indian commandoes stormed the six story building from the air and fought it out with the two Muslims, who were high on amphetamines and cocaine. The next morning, it was quiet. Sandra could hear the baby crying.
Sandra unbolted the door and crept upstairs to a gory scene (above). She found Moshe alive next to his dead parents and two guests, soaked in their blood. The two terrorists were up on the roof. She snatched Moshe up and ran outside. Sandra has since flown to Israel with Moshe to give him to his grandparents. His parents were buried Tuesday on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives.
The terrorists were from Pakistan, from the poor and rural Punjab, to be exact. It's doubtful that any of them had ever met a Jew before they encountered the Holtzbergs. Everything they knew about Jews they heard from the radical mullahs who indoctrinated them to hate them.
Hopefully, Moshe will have no memory of his parents deaths. His only memories are likely to be abstract ones, like this image of him and his Dad.
Meanwhile, in Pakistan, where the Muslim terrorists were equipped and trained, the local state-run television claimed that the terror plot was neither Muslim nor Pakistani in origin, but the act of Western Zionists, Hindu Zionists, Israelis, and Mossad.
Some Muslims celebrated the slaughter, like Bilal from Britain:
"It was pleasantly refreshing to hear they targeted Chabad Lubavitch. Allah will destroy His enemies wherever they are in the world. You will know when the Muslims have ignited in an insurrection when there is blood on the streets of London and New York like there is blood on the streets of Fallujah (and Mumbai). There is nowhere they can hide from the wrath of Allah and His soldiers."