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08 July 2006

We Are Animals

These are some terrorist attacks that I never knew about before, and that rarely receive any publicity.

16 April 1925
Bulgarian Communist Party blows up the roof of the St Nedelya Church in the capital Sofia after the government put pressure on the BCP's activity. 150 killed, 500 injured.

22 July 1946
A militant Zionist group called Irgun blow up the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. The attack was against the British government of Palestine. 91 killed, 45 injured.

2, 14 July 1954
A failed operation scandal by the Mossad where targets in Egypt were bombed with the purpose of creating rhetoric for blocking British withdrawal from Egypt. The incident is known as the Lavon Affair. A post office, US Information Agency libraries, and a British theatre were bombed. No deaths or injuries

8 May 1970
Palestinian PLO members attack an Israeli school bus in Avivim, Israel. 9 children, 3 adults killed, 19 were left maimed.

30 May 1972
A Japanese terrorist group called Japanese Red Army attack the Lod Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel on behalf of the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine). 26 killed, 78 injured.

11 April 1974
PFLP attack an apartment building in Kiryat Shmona, Israel. 9 children, 9 adults killed.

15 May 1974
DFLP (Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine) seize an elementary school in Ma'alot, Israel. 26 killed, 60 injured.

21 November 1974
IRA bombs two pubs in Birmingham, England. 21 killed, 182 injured.

6 October 1976
Anti-Castro members of the Venezuelan secret police bomb Cubana Flight 455. CIA released documents in 2005 indicating they had prior knowledge. 73 killed.

11 March 1978
Fatah gunmen hijack a bus near Haifa, Israel. 37 killed.

16 March 1978
Italian leftist group called Red Brigades kidnap the Italian Prime Minister and kill him 2 months later.

2 August 1980
Italian rightist group called Ordine Nuovo bomb a railway station in Bologna, Italy. 85 killed, 200 wounded.

23 September 1983
Abu Nidal group bomb Gulf Air Flight 771 to convince Saudi Arabia to pay protection money. 117 killed.

23 October 1983
Unidentified group bombs a barracks housing US and French multinational forces in Beirut, Lebanon. 299 killed.

8 March 1985
Unidentified group detonates a car bomb near the home of a fundamentalist Sh'ia cleric in Beirut, Lebanon. Some accuse CIA of retaliation for the Marine Barracks bombing. 80 killed, 175 injured.

22 June 1985
Unidentified group bombs Air India Flight 182 flying from Canada. Sikh separatist groups suspected. 329 killed.

23 November 1985
Abu Nidal group hijacks EgyptAir Flight 648 and flies it to Malta. 60 killed.

31 December 1986
Three hotel workers set fire to the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico to protest their wages. 97 killed.

19 September 1989
Libya bombs the French UTA Flight 772 to revenge French support to Chad against Libyan expansion. In 2003, Libya admitted responsibility and agreed to pay compensation to the families of the victims. 170 killed.

12 March 1993
Unidentified group detonate a series of 13 bombs in Mumbai, India. Islamic terrorist group in Pakistan suspected. 257 killed, 1400 injured.

25 February 1994
Israeli Kahanist, Baruch Goldstein, opens fire on Palestinian civilians in Cave of the Patriarchs, in Hebron. 29 killed, 125 injured.

18 July 1994
Hezbollah bombs a Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 86 killed, 300 injured.

14 June 1995
Chechen separatists seize a hospital in Budyonnovsk, Russia. 130 killed.

31 January 1996
Tamil separatists bomb the Central Bank in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 90 killed, 1400 injured.

Stop the killing will ya?


Blogger shlemazl said...

I think it's something to do with the human nature. People have always killed each other and there have always been conflicts. At the moment we have no big wars, so violent people find outlets in terrorism.

May be worth noting that King David hotel housed the Headquartes of the British army at the time Jews were fighting for independence from the British. Does not stop it from being a terrorist attack.

Your list appears somewhat umblanaced. Guess it is because you are focusing only on attacks you did not know about?

Anyway, just to pick 2 years:

In 2003, 3,838 terrorist attacks were perpetrated against Israeli targets, in which 213 Israelis (50 members of the security forces and 163 civilians) were murdered. In 2002, 5,301 terrorist attacks were perpetrated against Israeli targets, in which 451 Israeli soldiers and civilians were murdered.

1:53 PM

Blogger MechanicalCrowds said...

Ok ok I know it is not statistically balanced, ie this sample does not reflect the population. These are ones that I didn't know about before.

And after 1996 I was "self-aware" so nothing new to me there.

3:34 AM

Blogger Solomon2 said...

There are even more crimes that should be classified as terrorism that don't make the history books. When Nasser was creating the first anti-Israel terrorist teams, some of them slipped out of camp and perpetrated unspeakable things to the local populace (Gaza, I think). Nasser excused it all as training exercises.

5:10 AM

Blogger Red Tulips said...

I was going to correct you re: the King David Hotel, but shlemazl already did the job for me. :-)

As far as the rest...I have a dim view of humanity. *sighs*

12:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think there is a problem with treating 'terrorist' attacks (by non-governmental organisations) separately from state sponsored violence. Hence the Chechnya rebels are all 'terrorists' but the Russian occupiers - who kill and torture more people more brutally, are not. The IDF managed two massacres in Qana separated by ten years (which shows a consistency) but these are the tip of the iceberg for Israeli atrocities in that country. Even in the occupied territories for every Jewish child who is killed by an Arab, there will be five Arab children killed by Jews (I limit myself to innocents), children are dying in Gaza on a weekly basis. But as these attacks are carried out by an army they don't count as 'terrorism'.

5:10 PM


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