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Mumbai's Jews remain at one with Muslims despite antisemitic attack

As the first reports broke of last week's attacks on Mumbai, the fact that two heavily armed Islamist extremists had broken into a mottled apartment block hidden deep in the ramshackle sprawl of south Mumbai almost escaped notice.

Within hours, however, it had dawned on India's Jews, a community that traces its roots to the court of King Solomon, that for the first time in their history they had been targeted because of their religion.

Six people – all foreign Jews – died inside Nariman House, the home of the American-Israeli Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, and his pregnant wife, Rivka. The couple's two year old son Moshe was saved by his Indian nanny.

The hospitality of the Holtzbergs was legendary. The building, a centre run by the ultra-Orthodox Chabad-Lubavitch movement, was a home-from-home for young Israeli backpackers and high-flying corporate nomads alike, who went there

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Added: Dec-6-2008 Occurred On: Dec-5-2008
By: berlin_hamann
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