Chaïm Nissim

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Chaïm Nissim
Born(1949-11-21)21 November 1949
Died11 April 2017(2017-04-11) (aged 67)[1][2]
ResidenceGeneva, Switzerland
EducationElectronical and computer engineer
Alma materEPFL
Known forEcological Involvement
Spouse(s)"a Swiss woman"[3]
ChildrenSylvia (1986)
Yael (1988)
Talia (1995)[3]

Chaïm Nissim (21 November 1949 in Jerusalem, Israel[3] – 11 April 2017 in Switzerland[1][2]) was an activist, ecological militant and perpetrator of the rocket attack of 18 January 1982 on the Superphénix nuclear plant, and Green politician.


Chaïm Nissim was born in Jerusalem, Israel in 1949.[3] He was raised and studied in Israel up to the age of 14, when his father was appointed director of an Israeli bank and his family moved to Geneva, Switzerland. Nissim obtained a degree in electronical and computer engineering at the EPFL in 1973.[3]

Activist background and attack on Superphénix[edit]

For ten years, Nissim, believing that fast breeder reactor "can explode with their fast neutrons",[4] did everything he could to stop the construction of the Superphénix nuclear plant, including training himself for underground guerilla, notably sabotaging electricity pylons with explosives.[3]

On 18 January 1982, Nissim fired five rockets on the Superphénix nuclear plant, then under construction. Five rocket-propelled grenades were launched at the incomplete containment building – two hit and caused damage, missing the reactor's empty core.

The weapon, a RPG-7, was obtained from the Red Army Faction through Carlos the Jackal and the Belgian Cellules Communistes Combattantes.[5][6]

Nissim states that:

He further stated:

Political career[edit]

In 1985, Chaïm Nissim was elected member of the Grand Council of Geneva, under the aegis of the Green Party of Switzerland. He held the position until 2001.[3]

On 8 May 2003, Nissim went public about the rocket attack of 1982,[5] publishing a book on the subject and his connections to terrorist groups.[3][8][9]

Nissim supported the association NOÉ21, a think tank on energy policies.[10][11]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Chaïm Nissim, qui avait tiré à la roquette sur Creys-Malville, est décédé", Radio télévision suisse, 12 April 2017 (page visited on 12 April 2017).
  2. ^ a b Marc Moulin, "Chaïm Nissim, l’ultime bravade d’un jusqu’au-boutiste", Tribune de Genève, 12 April 2017 (page visited on 12 April 2017).
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Chaim Nissim Archived 10 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine, biography on Chaim Nissim's blog
  4. ^ "les surgénérateurs comme Creys-Malville, qui, avec leurs neutrons rapides, peuvent faire explosion" "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 December 2005. Retrieved 9 December 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ An industry incapable of adapting to the post-9/11 world,
  8. ^ Chaïm Nissim, L'amour et le monstre : roquettes contre Creys-Malville, Lausanne, Paris, Favre, 2004
  9. ^ See also this TV broadcast
  10. ^ Noé 21 webpage
  11. ^ noe21 members Archived November 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine