Feb 23, 2009
Shoot Her, Said Mumbai Master

Newly released tapes of conversations between the masterminds of the Mumbai terror attacks and their gunmen on the ground reveal callous, remote-control killers who controlled every move the terrorists made.

By Dean Nelson, Daily Telegraph

The tapes, which were broadcast on an Indian television news channel, relay a conversation between one of the controllers in Pakistan and a female Jewish hostage in which he reassured her despite having already decided to have her killed.

A caller from Pakistan called Wasi spoke to Nurma Shvarzblat Rabinovich, 50, and asked her to call the Israeli consulate in Mumbai to set up negotiations with a senior diplomat.

After she told him she had made the call, and the Israelis were getting in contact with the Indian authorities, Wasi said: "Then don't worry. Breathe easy. Wait for our next call. Don't worry, save your energy, save it for a better day. Maybe they'll speak to us soon and maybe you'll celebrate Sabbath with your family."

But in another conversation with one of the gunman, the Pakistani controller gave detailed instructions on how apparently Nurma and another woman should be killed: "Stand her up on this side of the door. Shoot her in such a way that the bullet goes right through her head and out the other side. The bullet should not get stuck in her body Do it, I'm listening," he hectored his gunman in Nariman House, where six, including the Rabbi of a Jewish charity and his wife were killed.

"One is done?" he demanded, and his gunman replied: "Both are finished."

Mrs Rabinovich had been staying at Mumbai's Chabad Lubavitch charity where she was planning to complete her emigration to Israel the following week.

At other points in the tapes, the Pakistan-based commanders asked detailed questions about the positions of Indian special commandos, what the terrorists had eaten for energy, how much ammunition they had remaining, and gave equally detailed instructions on when to throw grenades and where to position themselves in the building to stay out of Indian commando range.

When one of the Nariman House gunmen asked his controller if he could drink a bottle of Coke he had found, his handler replied: "Drink the mineral water. Drink the Coke. Coke has sugar. That will give you energy. If you find biscuits, eat them."

As the Indian special commandos closed in on them, the terrorists in Nariman House appeared to panic, and are heard saying to their handlers: "There's a helicopter above us, looks like an advance the curtains are shot away, please pray we get out of this room alive, please pray for us."

The Indian government had earlier detailed in their official dossier other conversations between the Pakistani handlers, who they suspect have special forces or intelligence training, and their terrorist gunmen in Mumbai, but these latest tapes appear to be a previously withheld section from the same set.

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Ad masai?!
From the Rebbe's sicho on Mrs. LaPine whose yahrzeit is this week, bais Adar.
"What has occurred – an act of open martyrdom – is utterly incomprehensible!

There is no one to whom to turn for an explanation. All those present, including myself, are equally confounded. So what do we gain by questioning? The question will remain...

To die al kiddush Hashem, for the sanctification of G‑d's Name, is an incredible merit—as is demonstrated by this episode:

The venerable Rabbi Yosef Karo reached such a high spiritual level that he was informed from Above that he had "earned" the merit to die al kiddush Hashem. Later, because of his involvement in an incident that was not appropriate – considering his exalted spiritual level – he was denied this privilege.

What happened afterwards? He lived many more fruitful years, and composed the Shulchan Aruch, the Code of Jewish Law. By authoring this universally accepted Code, Rabbi Karo, in effect, became the rabbi of all Jews until the end of times.

Yet despite all his subsequent achievements, he was "denied the privilege" of dying al kiddush Hashem; i.e., dying al kiddush Hashem would have been considered an even greater merit than being the rabbi of all Jews in all following generations!

What do we gain by questioning?.
The greatness of dying al kiddush Hashem is amplified in this instance, for the victim was a young mother who left behind young children. Being taken from her children is a greater sacrifice than that of her own life. For this means that she must give over the upbringing and education of her children to others. This is the greatest sacrifice possible for a mother.

For many years to come – if, G‑d forbid, the fulfillment of the prophecy "Those that lie in the dust will arise and sing" will be delayed – these children will long for their mother. They will recount to their own children their intense longing for their mother; they will tell them that she merited to sanctify G‑d's Name...

Enough is enough! Have we not sufficed with all the martyrdom we have experienced until now?

And that which G‑d derives nachas and pleasure from a Jew's self-sacrifice—it suffices the self-sacrifice of a Jew who is in exile, with the knowledge that this exile has lasted more than 1,900 years—and Moshiach has yet to come!

Another day passes, another week passes, another moment passes... and Moshiach still has not come. We say and we think and cry out "Ad masai!", how long must we wait in exile? And yet what do we see happening? -- The sanctification of G‑d's Name; a Jewish soul is taken away; a mother is taken from her children.

May there be no further need to discuss these matters for the Redemption will come immediately. "Those that lie in the dust will arise and sing," and those who died al kiddush Hashem will merit to be resurrected first. And then this young woman will encounter her children and continue their education with a joyous heart.

May this take place in the immediate future, without any delay whatsoever"
(2/24/2009 7:13:02 AM)
all the more so why YIDDEN should treat each other with more and more and better love and dignity. The Rebbe taught us to speak to Rabbeim/mashpias, and we can do this love and dignity through asking them. This is what WE can do, and this is what no body else can do but us: mitzvos sh' heym beyn adom l'chavero". DO IT NOW!! DO IT WITH LOVE OF TORAH to another yid!!
(2/24/2009 3:39:33 PM)
in the video is the ppl the terirists or police helping the people and it looks calm and quiet weres thet action taking place?
(2/24/2009 3:45:27 PM)
What day and time were these 2 women killed?
So we'll know her Yahrzeit
(2/25/2009 4:41:18 AM)
this makes me cry.
i cant belive anyone had the heart to do that.
(3/3/2009 3:43:21 AM)
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