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A nation mourns the dead, adopts Moshe

December 02, 2008
Amid heart-rending scenes, thousands of tearful Israeli mourners dressed in black and chanting hymns on Tuesday bid an emotional farewell to the six Jews who fell victims to the deadly Mumbai terror strikes.

Twenty nine-year-old Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, who ran a centre for ultra-orthodox Chabad-Lubavitch movement in the Nariman House, were among those killed when terrorists stormed the Jewish complex.

An Israel Air Force plane brought the bodies to Jerusalem on Monday night, along with the couple's two-year-old orphaned son Moshe.

President Shimon Peres, Defence Minister Ehud Barak and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu joined about 10,000 people who crowded outside the sect's headquarters in Kfar Chabad nearTel Aviv. Indian ambassador to Israel Navtej Sarna and members of the Indian community were present to share the grief.

Notices in billboards and walls read 'May God Avenge Them'.

Ultra-orthodox Jewish men, bearded and in long black coats and black hats, also packed Mea Shearim neighbourhood in Jerusalem for the funeral of 38-year-old Leibish Teitelbaum, a US citizen who lived in Jerusalem.

Thousands of black-clad Israeli Orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Arieh Levish Teitelbaum, one of the Israeli victims of the Mumbai attacks, on December 2 in Jerusalem.
Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

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