Incident Summary:

7/14/1972: Members of the Jewish Defense League bombed the apartment of Mohammed Shaath in Los Angeles, California, United States. There were no casualties but debris almost injured Shaath's two year old daughter. The buildings sustained an estimated $2,000 in damage. Shaath was a Palestinian activist.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Los Angeles

Location Details:
N. Harvard Blvd. in Hollywood

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Suspected member of Black September
Specific Description Apartment of Mohammed Shaath
Nationality of Target West Bank and Gaza Strip
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Pipe Bomb
Weapon Details
Pipe bomb
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information After the bombing, the Los Angeles Times received a phone call claiming the attack. The caller signed off saying "never again," the slogan of the Jewish Defense League. The JDL alleged that Shaath, a Palestinian, was a member of Black September. Robert Manning received a small fine and a suspended jail sentence after he disavowed the JDL in the courtroom during his trial.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jewish Defense League (JDL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
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
Robert I. Friedman, "The False Prophet: Rabbi Meir Kahane," Lawrence Hill Books, 1990.
Doug Struck, "Israeli Couple Seeks Election To Knesset To Avoid Extradition to U.S.," Baltimore Sun, May 24, 1992.
Dorothy Townsend, "5 Suspects Arrested In L.A. Bombing to Avenge Israelis," Los Angeles Times, September 14, 1972.