Incident Summary:

01/11/2012: Assailants threw incendiary devices at Temple Beth El on Montross Avenue in Rutherford, New Jersey, United States. At least one person was injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, Anthony M. Graziano and Aakash Dalal were arrested and charged in connection with the incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New Jersey


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Temple Beth El
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 cocktails containing low-grade motor oil and three cans of hair spray were used in the attack.
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
Anti-Semitic extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
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 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Lodi man, 19, charged in attacks on Rutherford, Paramus temples described as 'loner'," The Record, January 24, 2012.
"BEDROOM FILLED WITH 'DRAGON'S BREATH'," Herald News (Passaic County, NJ), May 12, 2016.