In an odd conflation of coincidences, Israeli and Indian violence have been ricocheting across the continents.
Mira Scharf, the wife of a Chabad rabbi in India and a “shlucha” (a female emissary) to New Dehli, India, returned home to Israel this month for a memorial service for the Mumbai Chabad Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka. The Holtzbergs were brutally murdered in the Mumbai massacre exactly four years ago.
While in Israel, Scharf, a pregnant mother of three, became one of the first Israeli victims of this current Hamas-Israel violence. She and two others were killed in a rocket attack in Kiryat Malachi on Thursday, November 15.
And tonight, the circle closes with the hanging death of the last surviving Indian gunman from that brutal three-day rampage on Mumbai that claimed the lives of 166 people, including Rabbi Holtzberg and his wife.
Pakistani citizen Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab was hanged during the night in a secretive procedure in India, following a four year trial. Kasab was sentenced to death by the Bombay High Court last October. He was convicted on various charges, including waging war against India. His mercy petition was rejected by the President of India, on November 5.