Bat Mitzvah massacre
|Bat Mitzvah massacre|
|Part of the Second Intifada militancy campaign|
|Date||January 17, 2002
9:45 pm (GMT+2)
|Mass shooting, massacre, murder-suicide, suicide bombing|
|Weapons||M16 assault rifle|
|Deaths||7 (including the perpetrator)|
|Perpetrator||Abdul Salaam Sadek Hassouneh
(al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility)
The Bat Mitzvah massacre was a terrorist attack in Hadera, Israel on Thursday January 17, 2002, in which a Palestinian gunman, 24-year-old Abdul Salaam Sadek Hassouneh, killed six people and wounded 33 at a Bat Mitzvah celebration, a traditional Jewish celebration held for a 12-year-old girl.
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. A belt filled with explosives was found on the attacker.
- Boris Melikhov, 56, of Sderot
- Aharon Ellis, 32, of Ra'anana
- Anatoly Bakshiev, 62, of Or Akiva
- Avi Yazdi, 24, of Or Akiva
- Edward Bakshayev, 48, of Or Akiva
- Dina Binayev, 48, of Ashkelon
The Al Jazeera television network was criticized for bias in coverage of the massacre, failing to note that the victims were attending a bat mitzvah and that the gunman crashed the event at a crowded banquet hall, and failing to mention the number of people killed by Raed Karmi when covering his assassination several days earlier, which would have provided context for the story.
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."
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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."
- Bat mitzvah massacre in Israel leaves seven dead, Phil Reeves, 18 January 2002
- Gunman kills 6 Israelis; jets fire missiles in response, January 18, 2002. CNN
- Perspectives on war. Hickey, Neil, Columbia Journalism Review, March 1, 2002
- Seven killed in attack in Israel - published on BBC News on January 18, 2002
- Seven Suicide terrorist kills 6 at Bat Mitzvah in Israel - published on the New York Post on January 18, 2002