1989 Purim stabbing attack

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1989 Purim stabbing attack
Location Tel Aviv
Date 21 March 1989
Attack type
Stabbing attack
Weapons knife
Deaths 2 Israeli civilians
Non-fatal injuries
1 Israeli civilian
Perpetrator Lone Arab assailant (Muhammad Zakut)

The 1989 Purim stabbing attack was the random stabbing of Israeli civilians in Tel Aviv, Israel on the Jewish holiday of Purim on 21 March 1989. The attacker was an Arab construction worker. Two Israelis were murdered and one severely injured in the attack.

The attack

Muhammad Zakut stabbed three Israeli with a commando knife as he shouted "God is great". One of the victims, Kurt Moshe Schallinger, 73, was killed as he left his car on a Tel Aviv street full of children in costume, celebrating the holiday of Purim.[1]Zakut said his goal was to "stab in the neck the first Israeli his eyes fell on." He murdered two Israelis and severely injured a third in the back of his head and his spinal cord before being caught.[2]One of the victims was an elderly scientist on his way home from delivering mishloah manot. The other was the head of the Environment Association in Tel Aviv.[3]

The perpetrator

Zakut received a life sentence, but on 18 October 2011, he was released to Gaza as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Palestinian kills Jew in Tel Aviv
  2. ^ The Gilad Shalit deal: A Palestinian daughter's long wait for her father's return
  3. ^ Israelis angry as Clinton equates Mideast victims prisoners' children likened to those of targets of terrorism, The Baltimore Sun
  4. ^ List Of Security Prisoners Released
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