Described by many Israelis as “shared pain”, the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks continued to spark outrage in Israel, where commemoration events were held to condemn the senseless killings and demand action against the Pakistan-based mastermind of the massacre .
With posters and banners depicting the brutality of the horrific attacks, Indians in Israel are taking out candlelight processions from Friday evening to mark the 14th anniversary of the terror attack that shook India. He called for registration of cases against Pakistan-sponsored Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists involved in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
The attacks, which drew widespread global condemnation, began on 26 November and lasted until 29 November 2008. A total of 166 people were killed and over 300 were injured, including many foreign nationals.
Indian security forces killed nine Pakistani terrorists. Ajmal Kasab was the only terrorist who was caught alive. He was hanged after four years on 21 November 2012.
“Terrorists who kill women, children and innocents in such a frenzy should be identified and eliminated. Countries of the world should not only impose strict economic sanctions on countries harboring terrorists but also punish them in every way. must be stopped.” Israel-Telangana Association President Ravi Soma told PTI.
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Telangana people living in Israel organized a program in Ramat Gan (close to Tel Aviv) and prayed for the innocent people killed in the brutal attacks and lit candles in their memory.
He also referred to the loss of six Jews in the attacks, which killed 166 people, pointing to a deliberate attempt to break the strong bonds between India and Israel.
The 26/11 attacks remain an emotional moment for many Israelis, who feel that the Mumbai terror attack is “a shared pain” that binds India and Israel together.
Indian clergy in the Holy Land, which comprises the region’s mostly Malayali community, also held a commemoration in the presence of a large number of people from across the country.
A prayer/rosary ceremony, a holy mass for those killed in the terrorist attack and special prayers followed by a meeting with people holding candles and posters with slogans against terrorism, some Indian flags and prayers to end violence and promote peace. Promotion was also called for.
Head of the Indian priesthood Rev. Pradeep told PTI, “Violence divides! Love unites!”
Condemning the Mumbai attacks, he said that he “prays that such incidents never happen again and that people live in peace and brotherhood”.
Degel Menashe, an organization representing the Bnei Menashe Jewish community, which has ties to India’s northeastern states of Manipur and Mizoram, condemned the attacks and plans a memorial event for Saturday.
Members of the organization also protested in Churachandpur carrying placards like “No to terrorism”, “We stand with all the victims of 26/11”.
Indian students in all major institutions in Israel – Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Technion in Haifa, Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, Ariel University in the West Bank and a few other institutions also planned candlelight marches to mark 26/11 Is. Saturday evening.
“Each drop of blood is a burning flame against terrorism. Each martyr of 26/11 is a light against the darkness,” said Kripa Susan Varghese, a Ph.D. Ariel University student told PTI.
Ankit Chauhan, a post-doctoral fellow at Ben-Gurion University, said that “the horrific terrorist attacks have left deep wounds on the psyche of every Indian that cannot be erased”.
He asserted, “There are still some terrorists roaming freely on this earth who carried out this heinous act. Terrorism has no face and there should be no mercy with terrorists. There’s no mercy.”
Some students also appreciated the efforts and sacrifices made by the Indian security forces.
“Today we once again remember our anonymous brave hearts who lost their lives and we pay our respects to those lost and their families,” said Bhavna Velpula, a PhD student in medicine at Tel Aviv University.
“As Indian citizens living abroad, we accept and condemn this horrific incident. Gathering for such a cause connects us to our country and its roots, unites us as a nation. does and together we raise our voice against terrorism in any form.” Added.
The Jewish outreach movement, Chabad, unveiled a plaque in the southern coastal town of Eilat in memory of the six Jewish victims of last year’s Mumbai terror attacks.
“For the memory and upliftment of the souls of Rabbi Gavriel Noah and Rivka Holtzberg, who were martyred in a terrorist attack at the Chabad House in Mumbai, India, during their holy mission spreading the message of the Torah throughout the region,” Hebrew I read the plaque.
The Torah constitutes the first five books of the Hebrew Bible.
“And to the four guests who stayed at the Chabad House at the time of the attack, and were also martyred: Rabbi Gavriel Teitelbaum, Mrs. Norma Rabinovitch, Rabbi Ben Zion Kurman, Mrs. Yocheved Orpaz. Bonds of Eternal Life,” reads the plaque in Hebrew. Is.
Of the 166 victims of the terrorist attack, six were Jewish. All of them were executed at Nariman House, also known as Chabad House.
Israeli leaders and officials have also repeatedly called for the perpetrators of this heinous crime “to be brought to justice”.
“Yesterday (Saturday) marks 14 years of the bloody terrorist attack in Mumbai that targeted 5 places including the Chabad House,” Alon Ushpiz, director general of Israel’s foreign ministry, tweeted on Friday.
He said, “166 innocent civilians were killed that day, including six Israelis. I spoke to Ambassador Sanjeev Singla and expressed my deepest condolences to the Indian people for this huge loss.”
“I vividly remember the courage of India and the people of Mumbai and there has not been a minute in which we have not benefited from, among other things, the strategic partnership we forged on that fateful day,” he said.
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