Incident Summary:

11/29/1985: It is suspected that a fire in the building that houses the offices for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) in Washington D.C. in the United States, was deliberately set by a Jewish militant. The fire began in a public relations firm located two floors below the ADC and before the fire ignited, the ADC offices were ransacked. There were no casualties but the fire caused around $500,000 in damages to the office building and an adjacent supermarket and liquor store.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

District of Columbia


Location Details:
1731 Connecticut in the Dupont Circle neighborhood

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Specific Description American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Offices, Washington D.C.
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 $500,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
fire believed to be started with an accelerant
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 began around 8:00 PM and raged for 45 minutes before firefighters put it out. After the incident, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) received from letters from leaders of the Jewish Defense League claiming the attack, however it was not believed that these letters were authentic. Authorities believed that this incident might have been connected to the bombing of the ADC offices in Santa Ana California and the attempted bombing of the ADC offices in West Roxbury Massachusetts during the previous year (198508070007 and 198510110002).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jewish Extremists (suspected) No
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
John Ward Anderson, "Arab Group Building Was Ransacked," Washington Post, December 1, 1985.
David K. Shipler, "Terrorism in U.S. Low As Attacks Abroad Rise," New York Times, December 6, 1985.
John Ward Anderson, "Arab Group Satisfied With Probe," Washington Post, December 7, 1985.