Incident Summary:

12/05/2000: Shlomo Ratzabi, an employee at the Israeli Embassy in Jordan, was shot by automatic gunfire from a passing car and lightly wounded while driving his car in Amman, Jordan. The attack was claimed by Movement for the Struggle of the Jordanian Islamic Resistance (Mujahidin Jordanian Islamic Resistance).




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Israeli Government Official
Specific Description Shlomo Ratzabi
Nationality of Target Israel
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
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information After the attack, the perpetrators stated "As we have warned before in the two previous attacks on Zionist diplomats, we are warning the Zionist entity in this third attack on the Zionist diplomat that it has to exit our dear country Jordan...We also warn the Jordanian government for the third time to expel all Zionists from our country, to close the enemy embassy in our country...We also warn all Jordanian businessmen who have economic interests with the Zionists in Jordan to end this partnership with Zionists in Jordan because the Zionist factories and interests will be targetted by our attacks...We will not stop the Jihad (holy war) and we will continue our attacks against the Zionist enemy in every place as long as Palestine is occupied, as long as al-Aqsa mosque is occupied and our people and families in Palestine are being slaughtered before our eyes." The attack on Ratshabi was especially disconcerting to Israeli officials because the militants succeeded in targeting a low level emissary. Ratshabi said he had left a supermarket, drove some 300 meters, made a u-turn and was then shot from a passing car. Prior to this attack, there were two other violent incidents involving embassy officials since Israel and Jordan established diplomatic ties in 1994. In September 1997, gunmen fired from a car at two Israeli Embassy guards as they headed home from work, wounding them. In October 1999 another gunman shot at an embassy guard and missed.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jordanian Islamic Resistance Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Terrorist attack threat keeps envoy inside embassy,” United Press International, December 6, 2000.
Herb, Keinon, “Israeli Embassy worker shot in Amman,” The Jerusalem Post, December 6, 2000.
“Israel Official Said Hurt in Amman,” Associated Press Online, December 5, 2000.