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Tel Aviv - U.S. Tourist In Fatal Stabbing Spree ID'd As Tennessean Student, Former Army Officer

Published on: March 8, 2016 05:39 PM
Last updated on: March 8, 2016 06:59 PM
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Blood stain can be seen on the promenade by the Mediterranean shore where at least 10 Israelis were stabbed, in the popular Jaffa port area of Tel Aviv, Israel March 8, 2016. (Insert: Taylor Force) REUTERSBlood stain can be seen on the promenade by the Mediterranean shore where at least 10 Israelis were stabbed, in the popular Jaffa port area of Tel Aviv, Israel March 8, 2016. (Insert: Taylor Force) REUTERS

Tel Aviv -  A man who was stabbed to death earlier in the day by a Palestinian armed with a knife on a popular boardwalk in Tel Aviv, has been identified as an American tourist from Texas.

Taylor Force, who is is from Lubbock Texas, and a student at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee was in Israel for a school trip, according to a letter  from Chancellor Nick Zeppos to the university community.


Zeppos said in his letter that Force, a student at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, died after a “stabbing attack” in Tel Aviv. Other students, faculty and staff on the trip were not hurt, Zeppos said.

The trip was meant to focus on global entrepreneurship. Force was expected to “share his insights and knowledge with start-ups in Israel,” Zeppos said.

Zeppos said Force “exemplified the spirit of discovery, learning and service that is the hallmark of our wonderful Owen community.”

“This horrific act of violence has robbed our Vanderbilt family of a young hopeful life and all of the bright promise that he held for bettering our greater world,” Zeppos said.

Stuart Force, Taylor’s father, spoke briefly with the Associated Press by phone from his home in Texas.

“He was a great kid,” he said before he received a call from family and ended the conversation.

Force, is a former Field Artillery Officer for the US Army in Fort Hood Texas, according to his linkedin page.

The attack took place in the popular Jaffa port area, which is a favorite spot among tourists.

According to Palestinian reports, the terrorist who killed Force was identified as Bashar Massalha, 22, from the village of Uja in the Kalkiliya area. The reports noted that Massalha had returned from a visit to Saudi Arabia’s Mecca the week before.

The assault came as Biden arrived on a two-day visit as part of a regional tour of the Mideast. He is to meet both Israeli and Palestinian leaders and there have been speculations he would try to revive the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Below video shows Terrorist Running Through Tel Aviv Street.

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 Mar 08, 2016 at 05:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Maybe the fact that the victim is American and not Israeli, the anti Semites Obama and ban ki moon, y'a, might honor us with a lame condemnation.


 Mar 08, 2016 at 06:05 PM hashomer Says:

Time to strike back at the ugly arabs. Jews- defend yourselves. Unite against the murderous foes of our people.


 Mar 08, 2016 at 07:57 PM beijingeryid Says:

Soon enough these stabbings, car rammings, etc won't even be newsworthy any longer once it's the normal part of daily activity in israel, just like the 1000 daily stabbings taking place in the state of NY, or the 3000 gunshot fatalities taking place annually in the USA. On the other hand, perhaps in the case of terrorism in israel if the Media ceases all reporting, then the terrorism may stop once the journalists dissappear and then israel can do what it needs to do to insure the safety and security of its citizens, and regain social stability so that the ordinary unarmed citizen can stop looking over his or her back, and be able to once again walk out alone at night without worrying about getting stabbed in the heart or coratid artery in the neck.


 Mar 08, 2016 at 09:58 PM enlightened-yid Says:

Words can't describe how tragic it is to lose such a young, bright, talented and an ambitious person. Wars couldn't stop him but Palestinian savage culture.

I hope Americans and Westerners will not be deterred from traveling to Israel and exchange knowledge and experiences. We need more tourists and students from around the world to visit and interact with Israelis who are academically and culturally being squeezed into a sand box.


 Mar 09, 2016 at 09:33 AM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

the victim is a white male who was part of the US army, in obamas mind he is a privileaged imperlialist, hardly anyone he will cry over.


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