Incident Summary:

5/20/1972: Members of the Jewish Resistance Movement, an organization affiliated with the Jewish Defense League, threw a pipe bomb into the office of the Long Island Association of Commerce and Industry in Jericho, New York, United States. The device did not detonate.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York


Location Details:
Nassau County

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Long Island Association of Commerce and Industry
Specific Description Long Island Association of Commerce and Industry office in Jericho, New York
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Pipe Bomb
Weapon Details
Two-foot long pipe bomb thrown through window
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 Jewish Resistance Movement called the Associated Press twice after the incident to claim the attack. Three days later, the same offices were broken into by members of Betar (197205230003). Four members of the Jewish Defense League were arrested on May 24, 1972 with pipe bombs - to be used against the residence of the Soviet Mission to the United Nations - made of similar materials to the pipe bomb that was used in this incident.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jewish Defense League (JDL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
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
"Abortive Bombing Linked To Jewish Protest Group," New York Times, May 21, 1972.
David A. Andelman, "Anti-Soviet Bomb Plot Is Laid to 4 on L.I.," New York Times, May 25, 1972.
Shlomo Russ, "Zionist Hooligans: The Jewish Defense League," City University of New York, 1981.