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Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle Shooting (2006)
Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle Shooting (2006)
July 28, 2006
United States
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Photo Clark Humphrey - Belltown Messenger

Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle Shooting (2006)

1 Jew was killed in an antisemitic attack in Seattle, US on 7/28/2006

The shooting at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, leaving one dead and five injured, spotlighted the threat of antisemitic attacks in the U.S.

On July 28, 2006, a devastating shooting occurred at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, resulting in the death of one woman and injuries to five others. This act of violence not only caused immediate harm and grief to the victims and their families but also sent shockwaves through the local community and beyond, highlighting the ongoing threat of antisemitic attacks in the United States.


The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has long been a cornerstone of the city's Jewish community, providing a range of services and acting as a hub for Jewish life and culture. On that fateful Friday afternoon, the peace and sanctity of this community space were shattered when Naveed Afzal Haq, a 30-year-old man, forcefully made his way into the building. Armed and intent on causing harm, Haq declared his anger towards Israel and the United States' support of Israel before opening fire on the innocent people inside.

Details of the Attack:

Haq's assault began when he forced a teenage girl at gunpoint to grant him access to the federation's offices. Once inside, he began shooting, moving through the building and firing at employees. The attack lasted several minutes, leaving a trail of violence and terror. Police responded swiftly, and Haq eventually surrendered to law enforcement, but the impact of his actions would resonate far longer.

Victims of the Attack:

Pamela Waechter, a 58-year-old assistant director at the Federation, was tragically killed as she attempted to flee from the shooter. Waechter was well-respected and beloved in the community, known for her dedication to Jewish causes and her role in building bridges across different faiths. Her death was a profound loss to all who knew her.

In addition to the loss of Waechter, five other women were wounded in the attack, suffering from various degrees of injuries. These victims, whose ages ranged from 23 to 43, included Dayna Klein, who was pregnant at the time and managed to protect her unborn child by shielding her abdomen from the gunfire. The other survivors endured physical and emotional scars that would last a lifetime, embodying the direct human cost of such senseless acts of violence.


The shooting at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle was a stark reminder of the dangers posed by unchecked hatred and bigotry. In its wake, the community rallied together, showing resilience and a renewed commitment to peace and security. Vigils and support flowed in from around the world, as people of all faiths condemned the violence and stood in solidarity with the Jewish community.

Haq was later tried and convicted on charges including murder and attempted murder, receiving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. The incident prompted discussions on security measures at Jewish institutions nationwide, as well as a deeper conversation about the roots of antisemitism and how to combat it.

The attack remains a painful memory for the city of Seattle and a call to action in the fight against hatred and extremism. It underscores the importance of unity, vigilance, and compassion in the face of attempts to divide and terrorize communities.

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