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Terrorism:
Worldwide Terror Attacks on Jewish Targets

(1952 - 2003)


Terrorism: Table of Contents | Counter-Terrorism | Suicide Attacks


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January 1, 1952 - Jerusalem, Israel
7 armed terrorists attacked and killed a 19 year-old girl in her home, in the neighborhood of Beit Yisrael in Jerusalem.

June 7, 1953 - Jerusalem, Israel
A youngster was killed and three others were wounded in shooting attacks on residential areas in southern Jerusalem.

June 9, 1953 - Lod and Hadera, Israel
Terrorists killed a resident of Lod, after throwing hand grenades and spraying gunfire in all directions. On the same night, another group of terrorists attacked a house in Hadera.

June 11, 1953 - Kfar Hess, Israel
Terrorists attacked a young couple in their home and shot them to death.

March 17, 1954 - Maale Akrabim, Israel
Terrorists ambushed a bus traveling from Eilat to Tel Aviv, opening fire at short range. The terrorists boarded the bus, and shot each passenger, one by one, murdering 11.

January 2, 1955 - Judean Desert, Israel
2 hikers killed by terrorists.

Mar 24, 1955 - Patish, Israel
1 young woman killed and 18 wounded when terrorists threw hand grenades and opened fire on a crowded wedding celebration.

April 7, 1956 - Ashkelon, Israel
1 young woman killed when terrorists threw 3 hand grenades into her house.

April 7, 1956 - Kibbutz Givat Chaim, Israel
2 killed when terrorists opened fire on a car.

April 11, 1956 - Shafrir (Kfar Chabad), Israel
3 children and 1 youth worker killed, and 5 injured, when terrorists opened fire on a synagogue full of children and teenagers.

April 29, 1956 - Nahal Oz, Israel
Egyptians killed 21-year-old Ro’i Rottenberg.

September 12, 1956 - Ein Ofarim, Israel
Terrorists killed 3 Druze guards.

September 23, 1956 - Kibbutz Ramat Rachel, Israel
4 archaeologists killed and 16 wounded when terrorists opened fire from a Jordanian position.

September 24, 1956 - Aminadav, Israel
Terrorists killed a girl in the fields of the farming community of Aminadav, near Jerusalem.

October 4, 1956 - Sdom, Israel
5 Israeli workers killed.

October 9, 1956 - Neve Hadasah, Israel
2 workers were killed in an orchard of the youth village.

November 8, 1956 - Northern and Central Israel
Terrorists opened fire on a train, attacked cars and blew up wells, in the north and center of Israel. 6 Israelis were wounded.

February 18, 1957 - Nir Yitzhak, Israel
2 civilians killed by terrorist landmines.

March 8, 1957 - Kibbutz Beit Govrin, Israel
A shepherd from Kibbutz Beit Govrin was killed by terrorists in a field near the kibbutz.

April 16, 1957 - Kibbutz Mesilot, Israel
2 guards killed by terrorists who infiltrated from Jordan.

May 20, 1957 - Arava, Israel
A terrorist opened fire on a truck in the Arava region, killing a worker.

May 29, 1957 - Kibbutz Kisufim, Israel
1 killed and 2 wounded when their vehicle struck a landmine.

August 23, 1957 - Kibbutz Beit Govrin, Israel
Two guards of the Israeli Mekorot water company killed.

December 21, 1957 - Kibbutz Gadot, Israel
A member of Kibbutz Gadot was killed in the kibbutz fields.

February 11, 1958 - Kfar Yona, Israel
Terrorists killed a resident of Moshav Yanov.

April 5, 1958 - Tel Lachish, Israel
Terrorists lying in ambush shot and killed two people.

May 26, 1958 - Jerusalem, Israel
4 Israeli police officers killed in a Jordanian attack on Mt. Scopus.

November 17, 1958 - Mt. of the Beatitudes, Israel
Syrian terrorists killed the wife of the British air attache in Israel, who was staying at the guesthouse of the Italian Convent.

December 3, 1958 - Kibbutz Gonen, Israel
A shepherd killed and 31 civilians wounded in an artillery attack.

January 23, 1959 - Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan, Israel
A shepherd from Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan was killed.

February 1, 1959 - Moshav Zavdiel, Israel
3 civilians killed by a terrorist landmine.

April 15, 1959 - Kibbutz Ramat Rahel, Israel
A guard was killed at Kibbutz Ramat Rahel in Jerusalem.

April 27, 1959 - Masada, Israel
2 hikers shot and killed at close range at Masada.

September 6, 1959 - Nitzana, Israel
Bedouin terrorists killed a paratroop reconnaissance officer near Nitzana.

September 8, 1959 - Negev, Israel
Bedouins opened fire on an army bivouac in the Negev, killing an IDF officer, Captain Yair Peled.

October 3, 1959 - Kibbutz Yad Hana, Israel
A shepherd from Kibbutz Heftziba was killed near Kibbutz Yad Hana.

April 26, 1960 - Ashkelon, Israel
Terrorists killed a resident of the city.

April 12, 1962 - Eilat, Israel
Terrorists fired on an Egged bus on the way to Eilat; one passenger was wounded.

January 1, 1965 - Israel
Palestinian terrorists attempted to bomb the National Water Carrier - the first attack carried out by the PLO’s Fatah faction.

May 31, 1965 - Musara, Israel
Jordanian Legionnaires fired on the neighborhood of Musara in Jerusalem, killing two civilians and wounding four.

July 5, 1965 - Mitzpe Massua, Israel
A Fatah cell planted explosives near Beit Guvrin, and on the railroad tracks to Jerusalem near Kfar Battir.

May 16, 1966 - Northern Galilee region, Israel
Two Israelis killed when their jeep hit a terrorist landmine. Tracks led into Syria.

July 13, 1966 - Almagor, Israel
2 soldiers and 1 civilian killed when their truck struck a terrorist landmine.

July 22, 1968 - Rome, Italy
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) carries out first hijacking, diverting an El Al flight to Algiers. 32 Jewish passengers were held hostage for 5 weeks.

September 4, 1968 - Tel Aviv, Israel
1 killed and 71 wounded by 3 bombs that exploded in city center.

October 1968 - Aircraft en route to Algeria
Hijacking of El Al aircraft en route to Algeria.

November 22, 1968 - Jerusalem, Israel
12 killed and 52 injured by a car bomb in the Mahaneh Yehuda market.

December 26, 1968 - Athens, Greece
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine gunmen kill an Israeli mechanic at Athens airport. In reprisal, Israeli commandos blow up 14 Arab aircraft at Beirut airport.

February 18, 1969 - Zurich, Switzerland
A pilot and 3 passengers killed by terrorists that attacked an El Al Boeing 707 on the airport runway.

February 21, 1969 - Jerusalem, Israel
2 killed and 20 injured by a bomb detonated in a crowded supermarket.

October 22, 1969 - Haifa, Israel
4 killed and 20 wounded by terrorist bombs in 5 apartments.

February 10, 1970 - Zurich, Switzerland
1 killed and 11 wounded by 3 Arab terrorists who unsuccessfully attempted to hijack an El Al flight at Zurich airport.

May 22, 1970 - Avivim, Israel
Terrorists attack schoolbus, killing 12 (9 of whom were children), and wounding 24.

September 6, 1970 - Dawson Field, Jordan
3 airliners holding over 400 passengers were hijacked and taken to the Jordanian airport by the PFLP. The hostages were released in exchange for terrorists held in Germany, Switzerland, and England.

May 8, 1972 - Lod Airport, Israel
1 passenger and 5 Israeli soldiers killed during a rescue operation by Israeli commandos on a hijacked Belgian airliner; the 4 Palestinian Black September terrorists were killed. The hostages were freed.

May 30, 1972 - Lod Airport, Israel
26 killed and 78 wounded after PFLP and Japanese Red Army terrorists open fire in the passenger terminal.

September 5, 1972 - Munich, Germany
11 members of the Israeli Olympic wrestling team and 1 German policeman were massacred by Fatah terrorists at the Munich Olympic Games after an unsuccessful rescue attempt by West German authorities.

September 19, 1972 - London, England
A Black September letter bomb kills Ami Shehori, an attache at the Israeli embassy in London.

April 11, 1974 - Kiryat Shemona, Israel
18 killed, 8 of whom were children, by PFLP terrorists who detonated their explosives during a failed rescue attempt by Israeli authorities.

May 15, 1974 - Maalot, Israel
27 killed, 21 of whom were children, and 78 wounded by PFLP terrorists in a school, after an unsuccessful rescue attempt.

March 5, 1975 - Tel Aviv, Israel
Terrorists take over the Savoy hotel; 4 people are killed.

July 4, 1975 - Jerusalem, Israel
14 killed and 80 injured in Zion Square bombing attack, in which the bomb was hidden in a refrigerator.

June 27, 1976 - Entebbe, Uganda
An Air France airliner was hijacked by a joint German/PFLP terrorist group, which diverted the flight to Entebbe airport. About 258 passengers and crew were held hostage until all non-Israeli passengers were released. On July 4th, Israeli commandos flew to Uganda and rescued the remaining hostages. All terrorists were killed, as well as 3 passengers and operation leader Lieutenant-Colonel Yonatan Netanyahu.

August 11, 1976 - Istanbul, Turkey
4 killed and 20 wounded by PFLP and Japanese Red Army terrorists in an attack at Istanbul airport.

March 11, 1978 - Glilot Junction, Israel
36 killed, and over 100 injured, in a bus hijacking by a female-led Palestinian terrorist gang.

April 7, 1980 - Kibbutz Misgav-Am, Israel
Terrorists attack children's house on the kibbutz, leaving 3 dead, one of whom was a child.

December 31, 1980 - Nairobi, Kenya
A bomb blast wrecks the Jewish-owned Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, killing 15 people and wounding over 80.

June 3, 1982 - London, England
Abu Nidal organization attempts to kill the Israeli ambassador to London, Shlomo Argov, severely wounding him.

October 7, 1985 - On board a ship en route to Israel
PLFP attacks the Achille Lauro ship en route to Israel, murdering one of the passengers (an American national).

December 27, 1985 - Rome, Italy & Vienna, Austria Airports
Guerrillas of Abu Nidal’s Fatah Revolutionary Council attack El Al counters at Rome and Vienna airports simultaneously, killing 19 people.

September 6, 1986 - Istanbul, Turkey
Arab gunmen kill 22 worshippers in a raid on Istanbul’s Neve Shalom synagogue, an attack blamed on Abu Nidal.

November 25, 1987 - Northern Border, Israel (near Kiryat Shemona)
2 Palestinian terrorists cross into Israel from Lebanon on hang gliders, killing 6 Israeli soldiers and wounding 8.

August 1988 - Haifa, Israel
25 wounded in a grenade attack at the Haifa mall.

July 6, 1989 - Tel Aviv, Israel
14 killed when a terrorist steered a bus into a ravine off the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway.

March 7, 1992 - Ankara, Turkey
The Israeli embassy security chief in Ankara, dies in a car bomb attack. Islamic Jihad claims responsibility.

March 17, 1992 - Buenos Aires, Argentina :
A car bomb smashes Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, killing 29 people. Islamic Jihad claims responsibility.

July 18, 1994 - Buenos Aires, Argentina:
At least 96 people are killed when a bomb explodes at a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.

July 27-28, 1994 - London, England :
A car bomb batters the Israeli embassy in London, injuring 14. Twelve hours later, another car bomb a Jewish fund-raising group’s offices in London, injures five.

April 11, 2002 - Djerba, Tunisia
A truck explodes near an ancient Jewish shrine of El Ghriba synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba, killing 14 Germans, five Tunisians and a Frenchman.

July 4, 2002 - Los Angeles, California
An Egyptian kills two at the El Al counter in Los Angeles airport before El Al guards shoot him dead.

November 28, 2002 - Mombasa, Kenya
Fifteen people including three suicide bombers are killed and 80 wounded in an attack on a hotel near the Kenyan port of Mombasa frequented by Israelis. Missiles are also fired at an Israeli Arkia airliner but miss as it takes off from Mombasa airport. All 261 people aboard escape unharmed.

November 15, 2003 - Istanbul, Turkey
Two car bombs explode outside two synagogues in Istanbul, killing at least 20 people


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