Matza restaurant suicide bombing
|Matza restaurant suicide bombing|
|Part of the Second Intifada militancy campaign|
|Date||March 31, 2002|
|Deaths||16 (+ 1 bomber)|
|Perpetrators||One Palestinian assailant (Shadi Tobassi). Hamas claimed responsibility|
The Matza restaurant suicide bombing occurred on March 31, 2002, when a Palestinian Hamas suicide bomber detonated his bomb inside the Matza restaurant in Haifa, Israel, near the Grand Canyon shopping mall, killing 16 Israeli civilians and injuring over 40 people. Journalist Giulio Meotti described the attack as a massacre.
The attack occurred at 14:45 during the Passover vacation in Israel, and the restaurant was crowded with families having their lunch. Despite the Passover suicide bombing which occurred just four days earlier in Netanya, and the tense atmosphere following it, the clients and restaurant owners were not particularly worried about security: The Matza restaurant is operated by an Israeli Arab family, and its multi-ethnic nature was thought to make it an unlikely choice for a terrorist attack.
Of the 16 victims, 14 were local Haifa residents, and one a waiter from a nearby town. Two families were completely wiped out, and other families suffered death and grave injuries to multiple family members.
The military wing of Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that the bombings would continue as long as the siege of then President of the Palestinian National Authority, Yasser Arafat in Ramallah. In addition, Hamas spokesman stated that the suicide bomber was a 22-year-old Palestinian named Shadi Tubasi who originated from the Jenin area.
- List of massacres committed during the Al-Aqsa Intifada
- Palestinian political violence
- Israeli casualties of war
- Israel hit by double suicide attack – published on BBC News on March 31, 2002
- Palestinian bomber rips open restaurant in city that prides itself on coexistence – published on the Associated Press on March 31, 2002
- Bennet, James (2002-04-01). "MIDEAST TURMOIL: THE VIOLENCE; Bomber Strikes Jews and Arabs At Rare Refuge". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
- Meotti, Giulio (2003). A New Shoah: The Untold Story of Israel's Victims of Terrorism. Encounter Books. p. 47. ISBN 978-1594034770.
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- Anat Ron
- Ofer Ron
- Shimon Koren
- Ran Koren
- Gal Koren
- Adi Shiran
- Shimon Shiran
- Suheil Adawi
- Dov Chernobroda
- Moshe Levin
- Danielle Menchel
- Orly Ofir
- Ya-akov Shani
- Daniel Carlos Wegman
- Carlos Yerushalmi
- Israel vows to avenge bombings, The Guardian, April 1, 2002.
- "Arafat siege continues". The Guardian. London. March 31, 2002.