It’s jihad against the Jews, stupid

Several similarities between current events and those of four years ago cannot be ignored. During the same period in 2008, Barack Obama had just been elected president of the U.S., Hamas rocket barrages from Gaza were about to precipitate Operation Cast Lead, and the Israeli elections were on the horizon.

But there is one other eerily tragic likeness — the slaughter of Rivka Holtzberg in Mumbai in November 2008 and that of Mirah Scharf in Kiryat Malachi on Thursday — that should remind us what the Palestinians’ real war against Israel is all about.

Holtzberg and her husband, who ran the Chabad House in Mumbai, were murdered in their home by Pakistani Islamists in front of their two-year-old son. She was five months’ pregnant. The orphaned boy, who was rescued by his Indian nanny, was brought to Israel to be raised by his grandparents.

Scharf and her husband also ran the Chabad House in New Delhi. During a home visit to Israel, Scharf, also pregnant, was killed by a missile that struck the apartment where she was staying in Kiryat Malachi. Her husband and three young children were all wounded in the same attack. As each was hospitalized, none was able to attend her funeral.

The horrible irony here is that Scharf had scheduled this trip to enable her to do two things: attend a memorial service marking the four-year-anniversary of the deaths of her colleagues, the Holtzbergs, and to give birth in Israel. Instead, the 25-year-old and her soon-to-be-born baby were laid to rest in Jerusalem on Thursday evening....

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