Chez Jo Goldenberg restaurant attack

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Goldenberg restaurant attack
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Chez Jo Goldenberg restaurant in 2005
LocationRue des Rosiers, Paris, France
Date9 August 1982
Attack type
Bombing and shooting
PerpetratorsAbu Nidal Organization
No. of participants
2 or more

The Chez Jo Goldenberg restaurant attack was a bombing and shooting attack on a Jewish restaurant in Paris's Marais district, on 9 August 1982 carried out by the Abu Nidal Organization, a group that splintered from Fatah. Two assailants threw a grenade into the dining room, then rushed in and fired machine guns.[1] They killed six people, including two Americans, Ann Van Zanten, a curator at the Chicago Historical Society, and Grace Cutler,[2] and injured 22 others. Mrs. Van Zanten's husband, David, an art history professor at Northwestern University, was among the injured.[2] BusinessWeek later said it was "the heaviest toll suffered by Jews in France since World War II."[3][4] The restaurant closed in 2006 and former owner Jo Goldenberg died in 2014.[5]

Although the Abu Nidal Organization had long been suspected,[6][7] suspects from the group were only definitively identified 32 years after the attacks, in evidence given by two former Abu Nidal members granted anonymity by French judges.[8]

In December 2020 one of the suspects, Walid Abdulrahman Abou Zayed, was handed over to French police (at a Norwegian airport) and flown to France.[9][10][11] Later in December, he was being held at La Sante Prison in Paris.[12]

Investigations and arrests[edit]

In March 2015, French authorities said that an international arrest warrant had been issued in connection with the case for three men who belonged to the organization. The suspects were identified as living in Norway, Jordan and Ramallah in the Palestinian territories.[13] Walid Abdulrahman Abou Zayed, 56, who has become a Norwegian citizen,[14] and Mahmoud Khader Abed, 59, living in Ramallah are still being sought.[8] Walid Abdulrahman Abou Zayed was arrested by the Norwegian Police Security Service on the 9th of September 2020.[15]

In June 2015, a Palestinian named Zuhair Mohammed Hassan Khalid al-Abbasi, also known as "Amiad Atta," was arrested in Jordan, according to the Paris prosecutor's office, which also said that France has requested extradition.[1] On June 17, Jordan released al-Abbasi on bail.[16]

In September 2020, a Norwegian citizen was arrested by Norwegian Police Security Service responding to the international arrest warrant issued by France in 2015.[17][18][19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bisserbe, Noemie (17 June 2015). "Jordan Arrests Suspect in 1982 Attack on Jewish Restaurant in Paris". Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 17 June 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b Vinocur, John. "P.L.O. Foes Linked to Attack in Paris". The New York Times. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  3. ^ Rothman, Andrea (19 March 2012). "4 Dead in Shooting at Jewish School in France". Businessweek. Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Paris symbol of Jewish life to disappear". European Jewish Press. 16 January 2006. Archived from the original on 15 August 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Owner of famous Paris Jewish restaurant dies". Jerusalem Post. 12 May 2014. Archived from the original on 20 January 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  6. ^ Massoulié, François (2003). Middle East conflicts. Interlink Books. p. 98. ISBN 1566562376.
  7. ^ Charters, David (1994). The deadly sin of terrorism: its effect on democracy and civil liberty in six countries. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 108. ISBN 0313289646.
  8. ^ a b Samuel, Henry (June 17, 2005). "Suspected mastermind of 1982 Paris Jewish restaurant attack 'bailed in Jordan'". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
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  13. ^ Dan Bilefsky (4 March 2015) France Seeks 3 Suspects in 1982 Attack on Goldenberg Restaurant Archived 2015-04-03 at the Wayback Machine New York Times
  14. ^ "Rue des Rosiers: le suspect norvégien a peu de chances d'être inquiété". ladepeche (in French). 5 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2 September 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  15. ^ "Terrorsiktet tatt i Skien".
  16. ^ "Jordan watching suspect in 1982 Paris restaurant attack, official says". Ammon News. 17 June 2015. Archived from the original on 15 April 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  17. ^ "Nordmann tatt i forbindelse med terrorangrep i Paris i 1982" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang (VG). Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  18. ^ "Terrorsiktet mann pågrepet i Skien – knyttes til terrorangrep i Paris i 1982" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. 9 September 2020. Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  19. ^ By Kim Willsher in Paris, France, 10 Sep 2020, The Guardian

Coordinates: 48°51′25″N 2°21′35″E / 48.8569°N 2.3598°E / 48.8569; 2.3598