Café Hillel bombing

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Café Hillel bombing
Part of the Second Intifada militancy campaign
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Location Jerusalem, Israel
Coordinates 31°46′53.45″N 35°13′14.91″E / 31.7815139°N 35.2208083°E / 31.7815139; 35.2208083
Date September 9, 2003
Attack type
suicide bombing
Deaths 7 Israeli civilians (+ 1 bomber)
Non-fatal injuries
50+ Israeli civilians
Memorial plaque for bombing victims

The Café Hillel bombing was a Palestinian suicide bombing carried out on September 9, 2003 in a coffee shop in the German Colony neighborhood in Jerusalem. Seven people were killed in the attack and over 50 were injured.[1][2]

A few hours prior to the Café Hillel bombing, Palestinian militants carried out a suicide attack in a bus stop next to the military base Tzrifin.

The attack[edit]

On Tuesday evening, 9 September 2003 a Palestinian suicide bomber approached the "Café Hillel" coffee shop in the German Colony neighborhood of Jerusalem.[2][3] Security guard Alon Mizrahi was attempting to prevent the bomber from entering when he blew himself up.[2] At 11:20 pm the bomber detonated the explosive device he carried on his body.

Among those killed in the attack were Dr. David Applebaum, head of the emergency room at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, and his daughter Nava, who was to have been married the day after the bombing.


The perpetrators[edit]

The attack was perpetrated by the Hamas member Ramez Abu Salim who originated from the village of Rantis, and had been a student at Bir Zeit University.[2]


In July 2004 Israeli military forces arrested members of a Palestinian militant squad who were involved in the execution and planning of many attacks, including the Café Hillel bombing.

On 14 March 2010 Israeli military forces caught the Hamas militant leader Maher Udda, whom participated in the execution of both these suicide attacks as well as other terrorist attack.[11][12]

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  1. ^ Cole,, Leonard A. (2007). Terror: how Israel has coped and what America can learn. Indiana University Press. pp. 10–17. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Suicide Bombings - Tzrifin and Jerusalem - September 9- 2003". Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. September 9, 2003. 
  3. ^ Shragai, Nadav; Kordova, Shoshana (September 10, 2003). "Bombing kills hospital ER chief and daughter". Haaaretz. 
  4. ^ "Dr. David Applebaum". Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
  5. ^ "Nava Appelbaum". Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
  6. ^ "David Shimon Avizadris". Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
  7. ^ "Shafik Kerem". Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
  8. ^ "Alon Mizrahi". Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
  9. ^ "Gila Moshe". Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
  10. ^ "Yehiel -Emil- Tubol". Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
  11. ^ Katz, Yaakov (March 15, 2010). "Army catches Café Hillel bombing planner". Jerusalem Post. 
  12. ^ "Israel nabs top Hamas terrorist". Haaretz. March 15, 2010.