Incident Summary:

6/15/1978: One member of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) was convicted of bombing the Doheny Plaza theatre in Beverly Hills, California, United States. There were no casualties but the building sustained an estimated $1,000 in damages. The theatre was schedule to show Vanessa Redgrave's controversial film, "The Palestinian" which the JDL deemed to be anti-Israel.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Beverly Hills

Location Details:
Outside of lobby doors

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Movie theatre showing "The Palestinian"
Specific Description Doheny Plaza theatre, Beverly Hills
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 $1,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
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 bomb detonated at 4:26 AM. The Jewish Defense League had previously held demonstrations against Vanessa Redgrave for her production of the film.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jewish Defense League (JDL) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
Aljean Harmetz, "Theater for Redgrave Film Bombed," New York Times, June 16, 1978.
"Backgrounder: The Jewish Defense League," Anti-Defamation League, 2010. .