2002 Beit She'an attack

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2002 Beit She'an attack
Part of the Second Intifada militancy campaign
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The attack site
LocationBeit She'an, Israel
DateNovember 28, 2002
Attack type
Deaths6 Israeli civilian (+ 2 attackers)
Non-fatal injuries
34 Israeli civilians
PerpetratorsAl-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility

The 2002 Beit She'an attack, which took place during November 28, 2002, was a terrorist attack carried out by members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the city of Beit She'an, Israel. Gunmen opened fire and threw grenades at the Likud party polling station where party members were casting their votes in the Likud primary.[1]

Six Israeli civilians were killed during the incident and 34 civilians were injured.[2]

The attack[edit]

City of Beit She'an in 2008

On November 28, 2002 at 3:20 pm two Palestinians, Omar and Yousef Rub from Jalboun,[3] drove in a stolen vehicle into Beit She'an and parked it in front of Likud headquarters. Entering the polling station, they detonated grenades and fired automatic weapons at close range into lines of people waiting to cast their ballots.[4] Soon thereafter a battle developed which ended with the two terrorists shot dead by a border policeman who happened to be in the area. One of the assailants was wearing an explosives belt under his jacket.[5]

Four Israelis were killed in the attack, and two others died in the hospital from their injuries. Dozens of people were wounded, including three sons of the former Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy.[6]

An eyewitness living near the Likud offices told the media that one of the gunmen laughed as he shot people. "I opened the window and I simply saw the terrorist standing, smiling, laughing and shooting in all directions.[7]


  • David Peretz, 48, of Beit She'an[8]
  • Haim Amar, 56, of Beit She'an[9]
  • Shaul Zilberstein, 36, of Upper Nazareth[10]
  • Ehud (Yehuda) Avitan, 54, of Beit She'an[11]
  • Mordechai Avraham, 44, of Beit She'an[12]
  • Ya'acov Lary, 35, of Beit She'an[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Six Killed in Shootings in Northern Israel". Fox News. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Six Israelis dead in poll shooting". Telegraph.co.uk. 28 November 2002. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  3. ^ Israeli Occupation troops Blow Up Homes of Resistance men
  4. ^ "6 Israelis Die in Raid on Polling Station". 29 November 2002. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  5. ^ "BBC NEWS - Middle East - Gunmen strike during Likud polls". Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  6. ^ Three of MK David Levy's sons among the wounded in Beit She'an
  7. ^ "BBC NEWS - Middle East - Gunmen strike during Likud polls". Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  8. ^ David Peretz
  9. ^ Haim Amar
  10. ^ Shaul Zilberstein
  11. ^ Ehud -Yehuda- Avitan
  12. ^ Mordechai Avraham
  13. ^ Ya-acov Lary

Coordinates: 32°29′49″N 35°30′12″E / 32.49694°N 35.50333°E / 32.49694; 35.50333