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November 15, 2012 7:10 am

Names Revealed: Kiryat Malachi Victim Was Chabad Emissary From India Visiting Israel for Mumbai Victims’ Memorial Service

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A victim of a Gaza rocket attack on Kiryat Malachi lies in a body bag. Photo: Twitter/bneibraki.

Israeli political consultant Jonny Daniels citing an Israeli source and a Chabad leader in Israel told The Algemeiner that among the victims of this morning’s Gaza rocket attack on the Israeli city of Kiryat Malachi was a 25 year old Chabad “shlucha (female emissary)” to New Dehli, India named Mirah (nee Cohen) Scharf, who was visiting Israel for the memorial service of Chabad Mumbai terror victims Gabi and Rivka Holtzberg. The Hebrew anniversary of their brutal murder is today.

According to Chabad website Lubavitch.com, Scharf was pregnant. Sources told The Algemeiner that she had come to Israel to give birth, but arrived early in order to be able to attend the Holtzberg memorial. Chabad members on Facebook say she was the mother of 3 young children.

A second victim named Ahron Smadga said to be in his late forties was the father of the 8 month old baby girl who was injured.

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“He was married for 20 years and couldn’t have children then he had twin boys nine years ago, and 8 months ago his daughter was born and he was walking around with a smile on his face that he had a daughter after all this years,” Daniels told The Algemeiner.

“He was one of the first Chabad soldiers to join the Israeli Army,” he said.

The third victim was 22 year old Yitzchak Amselam. The funeral is planned for later today.

Israeli Chabad websites Shturem and COL, reported that the rocket attack hit the neighborhood of Nachlas Har Chabad and that “the entire community is devastated from the tragedy.”

“The shelters in Kiryat Malachi were not readied for the onslaught, and the residents of the building that was hit were running to relative safety under the stairwell of the building, when a missile hit, taking precious lives and injuring the others,” writes Shrurem.org.

Kiryat Malachi is about 11 miles from Ashkelon, and has a population of approximately 21,000.

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  • AJew

    Please call the Alegemeiner and ask them to remove the stupid insensitive comments. Jews have been murdered and now this???

  • Sad

    BD”E
    Re: “Update”
    No sensitivity??? I
    Its really sad how the Algemainer can fall so low to add such a “update” based political agendas at such a time especially when talking about people who gave their lives doing the Rebbe’s Shlichus out in middle of nowhere.

  • Chayale

    Absolutely terrible!!! How horrible and petty to make that “update×´. Take it down before you shame yourselves even more!

  • shlucha

    I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT A TIME LIKE THIS YOUR PAPER IS CHOOSING TO MAKE A ‘DIVISION’ BETWEEN THE ‘CHOSEN’ AND THE ‘NOT CHOSEN’!!!!!!! IS THIS HOW YOU CHOOSE TO HONOR OUR REBBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT DO U THINK THE REBBE WOULD SAY IF YOU WHERE TO HAND HIM A COPY OF THIS ARTICLE WITH THE ‘UPDATE’ ON THE BOTTEM. SHAME ON YOU !!!!!

    • Well said

      Re Shlucha

  • Ahavas Yisroel

    Thank you for your very meticulous reporting. At a time like this, it is so tremendously important to clarify exactly who is and who is not formally affiliated with central Chabad headquarters in New York. Seriously? The fact that a sorry excuse for a human being contacted you about this is vile. The fact that your editorial team decided to include it, is beyond poor judgement, personally and professionally. Thankfully, all is not lost. You can simply take down that offensive “update.” Please, for the love of the Rebbe, and the love of G-d, remove it.

  • EG

    Its a shame that the “Update” includes a divisive and politically motivated statement. Yes, they are both Chabad emissaries and they both committed their lives to Jewish outreach in India, regardless of whether Agudas Chassidei Chabad recognizes that or not. Whoever it was that the Algemeiner spoke to, ought to be embarrassed and ashamed of even releasing such a statement during these difficult times! Shame on you!

  • Patricia Knight

    Protect those children at all cost.

  • Neach

    Whats is wrong with you people adding on the heartless and divise comments at th end???

    Someone is dead with a 7 month old baby, left three children and a Husband grieving!

    Have you lost all sesitivity??

  • Prayers for Mirah Scharf, Ahron Smadga, Itzchak Amselam and the injured in Kiryat Malachi. The wicked rocket attacks on the south of Israel must stop.

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