Incident Summary:

8/18/1978: The Jewish Defense League claimed responsibility for ignited a fire in the Democratic Party headquarters in Los Angeles, California, United States. There were no casualties but the office sustained an estimated $17,000 in damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Los Angeles

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Democratic Party
Specific Description Democratic Party headquarters in Los Angeles
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 $17,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Fire started by a flammable liquid
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 fire was started within a hallway in the interior of the building.
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
"Around the Nation: Ex-CIA Employe Arrested as Spy," Washington Post, August 18, 1978.
"Backgrounder: The Jewish Defense League," Anti-Defamation League, 2010. .