Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg
Extracted from CBC News:
Two of the hostages killed were identified as Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, the couple who ran the centre, said a spokesman for the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.
Their 18-month-old son had been one of three people rescued from the centre on Thursday.
In a telephone interview with CBC News from outside the centre, freelance journalist Arun Asthhana said there are reports that some of the militants had stayed at a guest house there for up to 15 days before the attacks.
“They had a huge mass of ammunition, arms and food there,” Asthhana said.
Mumbai Attackers “White Foreigners,” “Neatly Dressed” with “Blonde” and “Punkish” Hair
Extracted from the Guardian:
One police officer who encountered the gunmen as they entered the Jewish centre told the Guardian the attackers were “white”, although this could mean they were paler-skinned Indians from the country’s north. (Or it could mean they were actually white, as the police officer himself said. – IL)
“I went into the building late last night,” he said. “I got a shock because they were white. I was expecting them to look like us. They fired three shots. I fired 10 back.
Extracted from the BBC:
Not far across town, Judith Rosta, a German teacher from Vienna, had completed a shoot for a music video for two Indian singers and was walking past the market at Colaba, the hip, touristy hub of posh south Mumbai, with her Russian girlfriend, Valentina.
She says she was buying papayas when she noticed three men on a motorcycle stopping on the road and taking out “big guns”.
“They wore white jeans and T-shirts. They were shouting, getting agitated and waved their guns around.
“I dropped my shopping and began walking away towards my hotel. Minutes later, a friend called up saying that there had been a bloody incident of firing in the area,” she says.
Leopold Cafe owner Farzed Jehani: ‘A grenade was thrown in to the restaurant’
Hours after the shooting at the Leopold Cafe, a cult city cafe and a favourite hangout of foreigners and locals alike, the place smelt of stale beer and bleaching powder.
Broken crockery from a market stall lay strewn on the sidewalk. Fresh blood stains on the bullet-pocked wall were mixed with the old betel- leaf spit stains.
Locals say the orgy of killings in Mumbai began here. Three men walked into the cafe, drank beer, settled their bills and walked out. Then they fished out guns from their bags and began firing.
Gaffar Abdul Amir, an Iraqi tourist from Baghdad, says he saw at least two men who started the firing outside the Leopold Cafe.
He was returning to his hotel from the seaside with a friend when he saw two men carrying bags and brandishing AK-47s walking in front of them, shooting.
“They did not look Indian, they looked foreign. One of them, I thought, had blonde hair. The other had a punkish hairstyle. They were neatly dressed,” says Mr Amir.
As the two girls fell near the cafe, he saw the two men quickening their steps towards the Taj Mahal hotel further up the road.
A few minutes later, gunfire was heard from the hotel, and much later, Mr Amir heard that gunmen had taken guests hostage. (End of BBC extract)
Surely these are significant reports? The recounting of multiple attackers as white foreigners and men with blonde and punkish hair should have merit as a significant news story, should it not? One must ask then, why is it being ignored?
Comment – December 2, 2008
This is not the behaviour of “Muslim extremists”, devout or otherwise, as Islam strictly prohibits the consumption of alcohol. Although, unsurprisingly perhaps given its reputation for glossing over the truth, the BBC omits to highlight this fact.
Likewise, the mainstream media continues to parrot accusations that “Islamic fanatics” were behind the attacks while evidence pointing to the involvement of Hindu extremists and/or white/Mossad operatives is largely ignored.