Jerusalem, July 4: When Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Israel, he will also be meeting Baby Moshe, the Israeli child who had a miraculous escape during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, thanks to his nanny Sandra Samuel. Holtzberg Moshe, who was an infant then, is now a 10-year-old boy. He lost his parents Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah in the Mumbai attacks of 2008.
Sandra ran from the Nariman House with Moshe in her lap to save him and herself from the terrorists. Nariman House, now named Chabad House, was one of the places attacked by terrorists on 26.11.2008. Eight Israel nationals were killed in the attacks.
Today, Sandra works in a child rehabilitation centre in Jerusalem, but makes it a point to visit Moshe every Sunday. Moshe lives with his grandparents (Rivkah’s parents) in Afula. Speaking to The Indian Express, Sandra says that Moshe does not remember anything from the fateful night of November 26, 2008, as he was a baby then. “But I am waiting for him to ask those questions. I remember everything, it’s like a framed picture or a movie in my head. Those hellish moments are stuck in my head,” she says. She also adds that Moshe may ask questions when he is well versed in English.
Sandra also speaks of Moshe’s love for Indian food. “Oh, he likes chillies. He likes to sprinkle chilli flakes on his pizzas. Also, he asks for chillies with his meals. He used to love rajma and bhindi when he was a baby, they don’t make it nicely here (Israel),” Sandra Samuel told the Indian Express, adding that Moshe loves to play football and Lionel Messi.
Along with Moshe, Sandra will also be meeting PM Narendra Modi during his three-day visit to Israel, which begins today. She is looking forward to the meeting and so is Moshe.