Today marks the 37th anniversary of the terrorist attack known as the Coastal Road Massacre. March 11, 1978, witnessed what Time magazine called “the worst terrorist attack in Israel’s history.
The attack began when 11 Palestinian terrorists from the Fatah group landed on the Israeli coast from Lebanon. After murdering a Jewish-American tourist on the beach, the terrorists shot at passing cars on the Coastal Highway, and hijacked a taxi, killing those inside. Next, they hijacked a bus. After the terrorists killed a teenager in a passing car, Israeli police were alerted and began to follow the bus.
The terrorist-held bus passed through many roadblocks – with exchanges of gunfire with police at each – before being stopped when its tires were punctured by nails planted by the police. There, at the Glilot Junction, Israeli police were finally able to stop the terrorists, killing nine of them in the process. During the final firefight, the bus burst into flames and exploded, and terrorists gunned down escaping hostages. By the end, 38 Israelis – including 13 children – had been killed, with another 71 wounded. Today, 37 years later, we honor the memory of those who lost their lives, and again ask God to bring peace to His people, Israel.
In this video, a survivor of the attack gives a first-person account of the Coastal Road Massacre (in Hebrew, with English subtitles).