Nanny Sandra to get Israeli citizenship

Updated - November 28, 2021 09:19 pm IST

Published - July 19, 2010 01:02 am IST - Mumbai:

Nanny Sandra Samuel, who saved Baby Moshe from the clutches of terrorists during the 26/11 terror attack, will be granted Israeli citizenship.

The official website of the Chabad House quoted Interior Minister Eli Yishai as saying that it has been decided to confer citizenship upon Sandra, an Indian national, in recognition of her heroism.

He said the move was “a humanitarian step.”Sandra (45), a widow and a mother of two sons, was working for Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka since their arrival here in 2003 and took care of Moshe since his birth.

On November 26, two terrorists entered the narrow lane where the Jewish centre — Chabad House, also known as Nariman House — is situated in Colaba in south Mumbai and the building turned into a war zone for the next three days with exchanges of fire between the security forces and the terrorists.

Hearing the cries of Moshe, Sandra wrapped the baby in her arms and rescued him with cook Qazi Zakir Hussain alias Jackie.

Terrorists killed Rabbi Holtzberg, Rivka and four others.

Shortly after the Jewish couple's funeral, Sandra left for Israel along with Moshe. Sandra looks after Moshe at his grandparents' home at Afula.

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