Incident Summary:

03/29/2002: A Palestinian attacker stabbed two death two elderly civilians in the Jewish settlement of Netzarim in the Gaza Strip. According to Israeli officials, Michael Orlanski, 70, from Tel Aviv and Tuvia Wizner, 79, from the nearby town of Petah Tikva in northern Israel, were leaving a synagogue when the assailant struck. In a published statement, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) claimed responsibility for the attack and identified the assailant as twenty two year old Mohamad Ahmad Khazzik from the al-Sabra neighborhood in Gaza City.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Gaza Strip


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Indiscriminate civilians in the Israeli settlement of Netzarim: Michael Orlanski; Tuvia Wizner
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
The assailant used a knife to stab his victims to death in the incident.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Islamic Jihad claims stabbing of two Jewish settlers,” Agence France Presse, March 29, 2002.
“Girl of 18 Kills Two In Second Female Suicide Attack,” The Express, March 30, 2002.
“Islamic Jihad Claims Netzarim Operation, Vows Continued ‘Jihad,’” Islamic Jihad Movement Website, March 29, 2002.