Incident Summary:

9/30/1980: A molotov cocktail was thrown at the studio of CBS station KOOL-TV in Phoenix, Arizona, United States, in response to the airing of a controversial pro-Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) drama that cast a PLO supporter as an Auschwitz heroine. The firebomb caused minor damage to the front doors of the studio. No casualties resulted from the incident. It is suspected that the Jewish Defense League (JDL) was responsible for the bombing.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
1 at TV station studio

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity KOOL-TV
Specific Description KOOL-TV, a CBS television station
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
molotov cocktail
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 airing of the movie, there were protests, picketing, and demonstrations against CBS-TV networks and affiliates nationwide by demonstrations by Jews and Jewish sympathizers.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jewish Defense League (JDL) (suspected) Unknown
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
"Playing For Time Draws Large Audience," New York Times, October 2, 1980.
United Press International, October 1, 1980.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.