Category: Mass Murder
Date: March 6, 2008
Crime: Dhein is known for carrying out an attack known as the 'Mercaz HaRav Massacre', where eight students were killed and eleven more injured during a shooting at a religious academy in Jerusalem, Israel.
Biography: It is said that the perpetrator of this act of violence, Alaa Abu Dhein was not a known member of any militant groups. After the shootings, his family described him as an intensely religious Muslim, who at one time served as a driver who brought supplies to the seminary where the attack occurred. According to the 26-year old gunman's sister, Dhein had become increasingly more transfixed by the violence in Gaza, where 126 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces over the previous week. On the evening of the attack, he packed an AK-47 in a cardboard box and drove to the ministry. He walked through the building to the library where some 80 students were gathered and opened fire. He fired between 500 - 600 rounds, before one of the students was able to squeeze off a few shots with a pistol hitting Dhein in the chest twice. Dhein, wounded, continued the assault until an Israeli Defence Force captain arrived on the scene and shot him dead. A fringe political group called Galilee Liberators Brigades claimed responsibility for the attacks, but there is no evidence to corroborate that Dhein was ever affiliated with the group.