1989 firebombing of the Riverdale Press

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Riverdale Press building on Broadway.

The 1989 firebombing of the Riverdale Press was an attack in which two firebombs were thrown at the offices of a weekly newspaper, the Riverdale Press, in the Riverdale community of the Bronx, New York City on February 28, 1989.[1][2] The building was heavily damaged. Two California bookstores were also damaged in similar attacks.[3]

The bombing took place shortly after the newspaper published an editorial defending Salman Rushdie during the controversy over The Satanic Verses.[4][5]

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  1. ^ David E. Pitt (March 1, 1989). "Office of Weekly Paper in Riverdale Is Firebombed". The New York Times.
  2. ^ John C. Nerone (1994). Violence against the press: policing the public sphere in U.S. history. Oxford University Press. p. 204.
  3. ^ "Newspaper, Bookstores Damaged by Firebombs". Daily Sitka Sentinel. Sitka, Alaska. Associated Press. 28 Feb 1989. p. 5 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Samuel G. Freedman (May 30, 2009). "Two Rabbis Find They're Separated Only by Doctrine". The New York Times. p. A17. To those suspects, described by law enforcement officials as jailhouse converts to Islam and jihadi wannabes, the distinctions between Reform and Orthodox were either irrelevant or invisible.
  5. ^ "Bombings Linked To 'Satanic Verses'". Logansport Pharos-Tribune. Logansport, Indiana. 1 Mar 1989. p. 18 – via newspapers.com.

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