1969 PFLP bombings in Jerusalem

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On 21 February 1969 the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) carried out a bombing attack on a supermarket in Jerusalem, killing 21-year-old Leon Kanner of Netanya and 22-year-old Eddie Joffe, students at the Hebrew University, and injuring 9.

Supermarket bombing[edit]

The deaths and injuries were caused by a bomb placed in a crowded Jerusalem SuperSol supermarket which the two students stopped in at to buy groceries for a field trip.[1][2][3][4] The same bomb wounded 9 others.[5] A second bomb was found at the supermarket, and defused.[1]

In the investigation that followed the bombings, authorities uncovered an arsenal of PFLP weaponry including explosives.[6]

Bombing of British Consulate[edit]

On February 25, 1969 the same PFLP terrorists planted two bombs in a window of the British Consulate in Jerusalem. The bomb exploded in the apartment of a secretary at the consulate, who was not home at the time. There were no injuries, although the room was wrecked.[7] A bombing attempt at the Consulate the previous Friday failed when the bomb was discovered and detonated.[8]

Rasmea Odeh[edit]

These two attacks are often cited in connection with Rasmea Odeh, a PFLP activist who confessed to involvement and attained later a degree of notability after she was released from an Israeli prison in a prisoner exchange and violated American immigration laws.[9][10][11][12][13][14] In 1980, Odeh was among 78 prisoners released by Israel in an exchange with the PFLP for one Israeli soldier captured in Lebanon.[9][2][3]


  1. ^ a b "Jerusalem Supersol Re-opens for Business; 2 Young Bombing Victims Are Buried". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 24 February 1969.
  2. ^ a b "Trial set for Jerusalem terror convict who moved to US". The Times of Israel. 3 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Palestinian convicted of two bombings back in U.S. court over immigration fraud". Haaretz. 2 September 2014.
  4. ^ Barbara Hollingsworth (30 October 2014). "Convicted Terrorist Goes on Trial in Detroit for Immigration Fraud". CNS.
  5. ^ Jillian Kay Melchior (26 February 2014). "Convicted Terrorist Worked as Obamacare Navigator in Illinois". National Review Online.
  6. ^ "Forty Members of Terrorist Cells Rounded Up in Supermarket Bombing Case". JTA. 4 March 1969. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  7. ^ "ConsulateBombed". Chicago Tribune. 26 February 1969. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Officials Escape Injury in British Consulate Explosion". JTA. 26 February 1969. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  9. ^ a b Michael Tarm (24 October 2013). "Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, Community Activist, Accused Of Hiding Terror Conviction To Gain Citizenship". The Huffington Post.
  10. ^ "Arab-American activist on trial for allegedly concealing terror role in immigration papers". The Guardian. 5 November 2014.
  11. ^ "Trial set for U.S.-Palestinian immigrant convicted in Israel deaths; Rasmieh Odeh is accused of hiding she was convicted in Israel for terror attacks from American immigration officials". Haaretz. 3 October 2014.
  12. ^ Lorraine Swanson (21 October 2014). "Evergreen Park Woman Accused of Hiding Terrorist Past". Evergreen Park, Illinois Patch.
  13. ^ "Evergreen Park woman Rasmieh Odeh charged with lying about Palestinian terrorist past". ABC13 Houston. 23 October 2013.
  14. ^ Jason Meisner (22 October 2013). "Feds: Woman hid terror conviction to get citizenship". Chicago Tribune.