1989 Purim stabbing attack

The 1989 Purim stabbing attack was the random stabbing of Israeli civilians in Tel Aviv, Israel on the Jewish holiday of Purim on 21 March 1989. The attacker was an Arab construction worker. Two civilians were murdered and one severely injured in the attack.

1989 Purim stabbing attack
Native nameפיגוע הדקירה בחגיגות פורים בתל אביב
LocationTel Aviv, Israel
Date21 March 1989; 34 years ago (1989-03-21)
Attack type
Stabbing attack
Deaths2 Israeli civilians
Injured1 Israeli civilian
AssailantMuhammad Zakut

Attack edit

Muhammad Zakut stabbed three Israeli with a commando knife as he shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is great). One of the victims, Kurt Moshe Schallinger, 73, was killed as he left his car on a Tel Aviv street full of children in costume, celebrating the holiday of Purim.[1] During his interrogation, Zakut said his goal was to "stab in the neck the first Israeli his eyes fell on." He murdered two Israelis and severely injured a third in the back of his head and his spinal cord before being caught.[2] One of the victims was an elderly scientist on his way home from delivering mishloah manot. The other was the head of the Environment Association in Tel Aviv.[3]

Assailant edit

Prior to the attack, the assailant, Muhammad Zakut, worked as a construction worker and later in a laundromat in Tel Aviv.

Zakut received a life sentence, but on 18 October 2011, he was released to Gaza as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas.[4]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Palestinian kills Jew in Tel Aviv
  2. ^ "The Gilad Shalit deal: A Palestinian daughter's long wait for her father's return". Archived from the original on 17 October 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  3. ^ Israelis angry as Clinton equates Mideast victims prisoners' children likened to those of targets of terrorism, The Baltimore Sun
  4. ^ List Of Security Prisoners Released