The siege at the Chabad House in Mumbai is over...and the five Israeli hostages are dead...may G-d avenge their blood.
It's uncertain whether they were murdered previously when then Chabad house was first targeted and taken over by the jihad terrorists or later, when Indian commandos stormed the building.
Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg were inside the building and can be presumed to be among the dead, although their two-year old son Moshe survived unharmed when he was spirited out of the house by his Indian babysitter. Since it was reported that the child's clothes were covered in blood, it's likely that the Holtzbergs were shot in the initial attack and tried to shield their baby with their bodies.He's now in the care of his grandparents,who flew to Mumbai from Israel after it was reported that their son and daughter-in-law had been taken hostage.Foreign Ministry sources reported that the victims also included two women who had been trapped on the top floor with the Holtzbergs, as well as a fifth unnamed person
The Chabad House was a place where Jews could worship, eat kosher meals and meet with a rabbi for spiritual counseling and help if it was needed. It was deliberately targeted for one reason...there were Jews there.
The murder of people like the Holtzberg's and the other hostages meant nothing to the people that attacked them, because Islam does not consider Jews human beings,and it says so in the Qu'ran,which describes Jews as pigs and monkeys. Obviously, not all Muslims feel that way, but a significant majority do. And that attitude predates Israel, since Muslims were murdering Jews with obscene joy and impunity long before then.
As a matter of fact, Mohammed began his career by murdering, robbing and enslaving the people in the Jewish city of Medina after they gave him refuge when Mohammed fled from Mecca in the hejira.
That was yet another example of Jews suffering because of their willingness to be humane,and the fall out has continued into the present generation. I can't help thinking that it would be a far better, more peaceful world if they had simply turned him away into the desert.