The family of Aryeh Leibish Teitelboim, one of six people killed when the Chabad House in Mumbai was attacked by Islamist militants last week, has rejected Israel's offer to hold an official memorial ceremony for him along with the other Jewish and Israeli fatalities.
That's their right.
Of course, since he was an American citizen, if America had wished to place an American flag on his coffin, I doubt that there would be a protest. They family would wait until an appropriate moment and remove the flag. They would make a 'tzimis' (a fuss, in Yiddish) about it.
And the reason?
"The murder victim was educated in the ways of Satmar, which opposes the State of Israel," one of Teitelboim's relatives told Haaretz. "How can he turn into a symbol of the State of Israel? The family is very concerned about what will happen here at the ceremony. They are angry about the whole matter, it is a very sensitive issue."
Very simple. He was killed because his killers saw him as a Jew, as a representative of Israel. They can't comprehend the difference the Satmar wish to delineate in their theologic ideology.