2002 Rishon LeZion bombing

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2002 Rishon LeZion bombing
Part of the Second Intifada militancy campaign
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The attack site
Location Rishon Lezion, Israel
Date 7 May 2002
11:03 pm
Attack type
suicide bombing
Deaths 15 (+ 1 bomber)
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Hamas claimed responsibility

The 2002 Rishon LeZion bombing was a suicide bombing which occurred on 7 May 2002 at a crowded game club located in the new industrial area of Rishon Lezion. 16 people were killed in the attack and 55 were injured.

The Islamic militant group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack[edit]

On Tuesday, 7 May 2002 at 11:03 pm, a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated a hidden explosive device within a crowded game club full of people located in the new industrial area of Rishon Lezion, only 10 km south of Tel Aviv, killing 16 innocent civilians and injuring 55 people, 10 of them in critical condition.[1][2][3][4]

After the attack the Israeli police stated that the suicide bomber was carrying a briefcase full of explosives and in addition was also wearing an explosive belt. The police estimated that the total weight of explosives were between 7 to 8 kilograms, and stated that the briefcase contained also metal fragments and bolts in order to maximize the number of casualties in the attack.[citation needed]


  • Pnina Hikri, 60, from Tel Aviv[5]
  • Sharuk Rassan, 42, from Holon[6]
  • Shoshana Magmari, 51, from Tel Aviv[7]
  • Anat Temporush, 36, from Ashdod[8]
  • Haim Rafael, 64, from Tel Aviv[9]
  • Daliah Massah, 64, from Nahalat Yehudah[10]
  • Nir Lobatin, 31, from Herzliya[11]
  • Avi Biaz, 26, from Nes Tziona[12]
  • Rahamim Kimche, 58, from Rishon Letzion[13]
  • Edna Cohen, 61, from Holon[14]
  • Yisrael Shikar, 45, from Rishon Letzion[15]
  • Yitzhak Bablar, 58, from Bat Yam[16]
  • Esther Bablar, 54, from Bat Yam[17]
  • Regina Malka Boslan, 62, from Tel Aviv[18]
  • Nawa Hinawi, 51, from Tel Aviv.[19]

The perpetrators[edit]

The Islamic militant group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.[1]


The attack was condemned by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.[20]

After the attack Irina Polishchuk, a Ukrainian illegal prostitute married the Palestinian-Arab Ibrahim Sarahne,[21][22] was caught and convicted of participating in the 2002 Rishon LeZion bombing for her part in delivering the bomber to the site of the attack.

Release of attack collaborator[edit]

On 18 October 2011 Irina Polishchuk, who was originally sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, was released to the West Bank as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas.[23]


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