Incident Summary:

05/16/1974: Mohammed T. Mehdi, Arab-American who was head of the Action Committee on American-Arab Relations, was attacked and beaten with a lead pipe by members of the Jewish Defense League in Manhattan, New York, in the United States, during demonstrations of protests over deaths of Israeli students in the town of Maalot.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Mohammed T Mehdi, head of the Action Committee on American-Arab Relations
Specific Description Mohammed T Mehdi, head of the Action Committee on American-Arab Relations
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Blunt Object
Weapon Details
lead pipe
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Mohammed Mehdi was hospitalized with a back injury (fractured vertebrae) due to this incident, and the article stated that there about 10 perpetrators, but this is uncertain. Additionally, this event is also linked to the arson of Mehdi's office on June 3, 1974 by a pro-Israel group (197406030002).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jewish Defense League (JDL) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times, May 17, 1974.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.
Shlomo M. Russ, "The 'Zionist Hooligans': The Jewish Defense League," The City University of New York, 1981.