Incident Summary:

2/1/1972: Irving Rubin, a member of the Jewish Defense League, was accused of firing two shots at Joe Tommasi, a leading member of the National Socialist White People's party in El Monte, California, United States. Tommasi was not injured in the incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


El Monte

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Leader of the National Socialist White People's party
Specific Description Joe Tommasi
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Two shots fired
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The incident took place two days after a scuffle between the Jewish Defense League and the National Socialist White People's party in front of the Nazi party's local headquarters. Joe Tommasi was a lieutenant of the National Socialist White People's party and Irving Rubin was the head of the Jewish Defense League's Los Angeles chapter. Rubin would eventually be released due to lack of evidence.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jewish Defense League (JDL) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Jewish Militant Charged On Coast in Attack on Nazi," New York Times, February 13, 1972.
"Jew Charged in Nazi Shooting," Milwaukee Journal, February 10, 1972.
Dorothy Townsend, "5 Suspects Arrested In L.A. Bombing to Avenge Israelis," Los Angeles Times, September 14, 1972.