Chabad House after attack
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Chabad victims' families sue Pakistan

Moishi Holtzberg's grandfather says in lawsuit filed in New York that Pakistani intelligence cooperated with Kashmir-based terror organization that was behind 2008 Mumbai attacks. Meanwhile, Chabad House finds itself at center of legal battle

Two years after the Mumbai terror attacks, the house in which Chabad emissaries were murdered finds itself at the center of a legal battle between the victims' family and the Chabad Lubavitch movement headquarters in New York.


Meanwhile, the New York Post reported Monday that Nachman Holtzberg, whose daughter Rivka and son-in-law Gavriel were murdered in the attack on the Mumbai house, filed the lawsuit in a Brooklyn federal court.


The lawsuit names Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, several ranking ISI officials, and the Kashmir-based Lashkar-al-Taiba terror group, as responsible for the attacks which left 166 people dead and more than 300 injured.


The Holtzberg couple's son, Moishi, survived the attack after being rescued by his Indian nanny Sandra.

According to the NY Post, the wrongful death suit asks for unspecified damages and cites claims that the ISI has worked closely with the Lashkar-al-Taiba group.


James Kreindler, the attorney who filed the suit on behalf of the Holtzberg’ family, also handled a successful civil suit against the government of Libya and its intelligence agencies after the 1988 terror attack that brought down Pan Am Flight 103 over the town of Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people.


Earlier, the India Times reported that the Chabad House attacked by Pakistani terrorists on 26/11, has come into the possession of the court receiver owing to a bitter property dispute between Moishi's grandparents and the Chabad movement.


Gavriel and Rivka's families began renovating the building damaged in the attack in order to resume its activities as a Chabad house.


According to the report, even as the Chabad headquarters put out their plan for renovating Nariman House last month, Moishi Holtzberg's both sets of grandparents of staked claim to the property in the Bombay city civil court and sought the right to renovate it. They alleged that the funds sought by Chabad from international sources for the repair work were not being granted.


Chabad's Mumbai representative approached the court to stop the ongoing repairs, which the headquarters term "illegal". Civic authorities, who were apprised of the feud recently, issued a stop-work notice and also cut off electricity and water supply to the building.



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