VIDEO - The Israeli Air Force aircraft transporting the remains of those killed at the Chabad center in Mumbai touched down at Ben-Gurion Airport late Monday evening.
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A brief memorial service was held at the airport, and representatives of the bereaved families were present. The bodies were then taken to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute, for the necessary pre-burial preparations.
Ministers Eli Yishai, Yitzhak Cohen and Jacob Edery attended the ceremony, as will MK Yakov Litzman and Rabbi Yakov Aryeh Alter, head of the Ger Hasidic dynasty. The attendance of the Ger rabbi at such an event is extremely rare.
Victims' coffins at Ben-Gurion Airport (Photo: GPO)
Meanwhile, numerous thousands are expected to descend on Kfar Chabad on Tuesday afternoon to take part in a memorial service for Chabad emissaries Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka.
"Every Chabadnik in Israel is going to be there, every Chabadnik feels a genuine sense of loss here," an official within the ultra-Orthodox movement told Ynet.
Later in the evening the Holtzberg couple will be laid to rest on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
"We are preparing for tens of thousands tomorrow. Over a hundred Chabad emissaries from around the world are coming, all the Chabad leaders in the world and the Lubavitch secretariat. As well as ministers and politicians, including the minister of defense, industry and trade minister, and the chief rabbis," said
Levy Aderi of Chabad's youth movement.
Meir Holtzberg, Gavriel's brother, said the family has asked there be few eulogies and speeches. "It has taken a long enough time as it is for the body to be brought to Israel. We have no desire to postpone the burial any further. This will be a short procession," he told Ynet.
The funeral of Aryeh Leibish Teitelbaum, who was also murdered at the Chabad center, will begin at 2 pm in Jerusalem.
Ronen Medzini contributed to this report