1989 firebombing of the Riverdale Press

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The 1989 firebombing of the Riverdale Press was an attack in which two firebombs were thrown at the offices of a weekly newspaper, the Riverdale Press, in the Riverdale community of the Bronx, New York City on Feb. 28, 1989.[1][2] The building was heavily damaged.

The bombing took place shortly after the newspaper published an editorial defending Salman Rushdie during the controversy over The Satanic Verses.[3]

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  1. DAVID E. PITT (Wednesday, March 1, 1989). "Office of Weekly Paper in Riverdale Is Firebombed". New York Times.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. John C. Nerone (1994). Violence against the press: policing the public sphere in U.S. history. Oxford University Press. p. 204. 
  3. SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN (May 30, 2009). "Two Rabbis Find They're Separated Only by Doctrine". p. A17. To those suspects, described by law enforcement officials as jailhouse converts to Islam and jihadi wannabes, the distinctions between Reform and Orthodox were either irrelevant or invisible.