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Moshe Holtzberg: President Trump Rightly Calls Out Pakistani Terrorism

Moshe Holtzberg: President Trump Rightly Calls Out Pakistani Terrorism
Traditional Jewish memorial candles are seen placed in front of a photograph of slain Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivkah, at the Chabad (Nariman) house in Mumbai on November 26, 2012. The Holtzbergs were killed in the attacks on Mumbai while the couple's son Moshe was rescued by their nanny. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 08 January 2018 12:28 PM

President Trump was absolutely correct in recently calling out Pakistan for its continued support for terrorist organizations that operate both inside and outside of Pakistan. There is no place in the international community for terrorism as a legitimate form of grievance or war, and there should be full-throated condemnation of those who engage in, support, or abide the heinous crime of terrorism wherever it occurs.

Terrorist groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (“LeT”) have long been on the international watch list as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, yet Pakistan has continued to provide this criminal organization a safe harbor to operate. LeT has attacked and killed Americans, Israelis, and Indians with the support from deep inside the Pakistani government.

The Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai, India

The world will never forget the horror that was visited upon Mumbai, on the whole Indian people and, indeed, on the civilized world on November 26, 2008, when ten LeT terrorists, all Pakistani nationals, began a four-day attack in Mumbai that left 166 people dead and 304 wounded. This monstrous, indiscriminate act of mass murder was perpetrated by LeT — Lashkar-e-Taiba — and launched from the Pakistani base of the terrorist group. Remarkably, to this day, there has been no consequence for the shocking but demonstrable fact that LeT has received assistance over the years from Pakistan’s main spy service, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence or “ISI” and, indeed, ISI assisted and supported LeT in the planning and operation of the November 2008 attack. Not surprisingly, Indians view the horrific Mumbai attacks as their 9/11 and, as with the people of New York and America, they will “never forget” the terror that has lived in their hearts from that day to now.

In the Mumbai attacks, five U.S. nationals were killed along with two Israeli victims who left behind surviving U.S. family members. The Americans were Alan Scherr, Naomi Scherr, Ben Chroman, Sandeep Jeswani, and Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg. The two Israelis with surviving American family victims were Rabbi Holtzberg’s wife Rivka Holtzberg and Norma Schvarzblat-Rabinovich.

Four other Americans were injured but managed to survive the ordeal. They were Holzberg’s one-year old son Moshe Holtzberg, April Giles, and Linda Ragsdale and Andreina Varagona. Ms. Ragsdale and Ms. Varagona are both Tennessee residents who were shot at point blank range by the terrorists, leaving them with life altering permanent physical and emotional injuries.

The last two American presidents turned their backs on these victims of terrorism. Prime Minister Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with me, Rabbi Holtzberg’s brother, a New York City resident, and other family members on November 17. How fitting, how just, and how noble it would be if President Trump would acknowledge that meeting and send a message that his support for ongoing foreign aid to Pakistan will require Pakistan to make explicit and clear as a bell that Pakistan will make amends for the Mumbai attacks, pay the American victims appropriate reparations and, once and for all stop supporting terrorists like LeT!

Moshe Holtzberg is a businessman from New York, married with 4 children. He is Rabbi Holtzberg's brother.

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President Trump was absolutely correct in recently calling out Pakistan for its continued support for terrorist organizations that operate both inside and outside of Pakistan.
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