Incident Summary:

5/16/1976: In a series of two related attacks, the Jewish Militant group Save Our Israel Land firebombed a branch of the Bankers Trust Company in Queens, New York, United States. There were no casualties and the bank sustained minor damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Bankers Trust Company
Specific Description Bankers Trust Company branch in Queens, New York
Nationality of Target United States
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
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information This is part of a multiple attack with 197605160004. Both firebombs ignited around 4:30 AM. An anonymous caller phoned the Associated Press after the incident claiming the attack on behalf of Save Out Israel Land. Two weeks later, another Bankers Trust Company branch in Queens was firebombed by a militant Jewish group (197605160003).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Save Our Israel Land 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
"Jewish Militants Claim Role in 2 Firebombings," Washington Post, May 17, 1976.
"Militant Jews Claim Bomb Responsibility," Baltimore Sun, May 17, 1976.
"3 Minor Firebombs Set Off in 2 Boroughs," New York Times, May 17, 1976.