Saturday, May 12, 2012
30 years ago: Attack on Dome of the Rock prompts anti-Israel protests
On April 11, 1982, Alan Harry Goodman, who had moved from Baltimore, Maryland to Israel and had become an Israeli soldier, shot his way into the Dome of the Rock—the Islamic shrine on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount—and killed at least 2 Arabs and wounded at least 30 with automatic rifle fire. Israeli police and border guards stormed the shrine and captured Mr. Goodman, but anti-Israel demonstrations took place over the next few days. On April 14, at least 15 Islamic nations in Africa and Asia joined in a general strike to protest the attack. King Khalid of Saudi Arabia had called for a strike against Israel to protest Mr. Goodman’s attack. Businesses, airports, and banks were closed.