Incident Summary:

12/06/1980: An arson at the Temple Beth David in Temple City, a suburb of Los Angeles, California, in the United States, caused $100,000 worth of damage. There were no casualties from this incident. The perpetrators, Michael Canale and Donald Nielson, who were members of the neo-Nazi National Socialist American Workers Party, were arrested and charged for the arson which was set during a Hanukkah celebration.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Los Angeles

Location Details:
Temple City, a suburb of Los Angeles

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Temple Beth David
Specific Description Jewish temple
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 $100,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Neo-Nazi extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
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
United Press International, December 1, 1980.
Peter Kihss, "Survey Finds Sharp Rise in Anti-Semitic Incidents," New York Times, December 30, 1980.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.