|2002 Hadera attack|
|Part of the Second Intifada militancy campaign|
|Native name||הפיגוע באולם ארמון דוד|
|Date||January 17, 2002 |
c. 9:45 pm (UTC+2)
|Mass shooting, massacre, murder-suicide, suicide bombing|
|Weapons||M16 rifle & grenades|
|Deaths||6 civilians (+1 assailant)|
|Perpetrator||al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility|
|Assailant||Abdul Salaam Sadek Hassouneh|
The attack took place at 9:45 pm (GMT+2) as guests were departing. The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades assumed responsibility for the attack, claiming it was vengeance for the killing of its leader Raed Karmi. An Israeli police spokesman said the man, apparently on a suicide mission, had thrown several grenades into the Armon David wedding hall, where the Bat Mitzvah celebration had taken place, and detonated explosives on himself. The attacker was shot by police. A belt filled with explosives was found on the attacker.
Media coverage edit
Al Jazeera was criticized for bias in coverage of the massacre for not including in their coverage that the victims were attending a bat mitzvah and that the gunman crashed the event at a crowded banquet hall.
After the attack a video made earlier by the attacker was released, in which he is seen declaring: "I am doing this to avenge all the Palestinian martyrs."
Official reactions edit
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- Involved parties
- United States: the US government condemned the Hadera attack "in the strongest possible terms," calling it a "horrific act of terrorism." The widow of the one American killed in the attack, Aharon Ellis, brought a lawsuit against the Palestinian Authority that received a $173 million default judgment in 2006, and in 2009 was settled out of court.
See also edit
- Reeves, Phil (2002-01-18). "Bat mitzvah massacre in Israel leaves seven dead". The Independent.
- Jackson, Brian A. (2007). Breaching the Fortress Wall: Understanding Terrorist Efforts to Overcome Defensive Technologies. Rand Corporation. ISBN 9780833039149.
- "Gunman kills 6 Israelis; jets fire missiles in response". CNN. 2002-01-18.
- Perspectives on war. Hickey, Neil, Columbia Journalism Review, March 1, 2002
- Gerstein, Josh (2 February 2010). "Palestinians reverse on terror victim". Politico. Retrieved 30 May 2021.