On April 22, 1979, Samir Kuntar led a terror attack in Nahariya, resulting in the death of five Israelis, including three members of the Haran family.

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 Samir Kuntar


Danny, Einat and Yael Haran-among Samir Kuntar's victims (Photo: Courtesy Doron Golan)

Samir Kuntar – Born in 1961, a native of Lebanon. Until his incarceration was a member of the Palestine Liberation Front terrorist organization (led by Abu Abbas).

On April 22, 1979, Kuntar’s terror cell reached the shore of Nahariya in a rubber dinghy; they shot at a police car and killed an Israeli police officer. At midnight they broke into the Haran family home, and abducted the father, Danny, and his four-year-old daughter, Einat. The mother, Smadar, the two-year-old daughter Yael, and a neighbor hid in a bedroom crawlspace.

The terrorists took the hostages towards the shore and, when they encountered law enforcement officers and IDF soldiers, Samir Kuntar shot Danny Haran at close range and cold-bloodedly slaughtered Einat by bashing her skull against a rock with the butt of his rifle. In the hiding place at the Haran home, baby Yael suffocated to death from her mother’s attempts to keep her quiet so the terrorists would not find them.

In the gunfire battle that ensued on the beach, an Israeli police officer and two members of the terror cell were killed. The surviving terrorists, Kuntar and Ahmed al-Abras, were detained, convicted and imprisoned in Israel. Al-Abras was released in May 1985 as part of the prisoner exchange known as the "Jibril deal."

Samir Kuntar was convicted of murder, attempted murder and kidnapping and sentenced to five life sentences plus 47 years imprisonment. During his time in prison Kuntar married Kifah Kayyal, born in 1963, an Israeli Arab woman from Acre residing in Ramallah, who was serving a life sentence for her activities in Jibril’s terror organization (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command).