US Army Veteran Killed in Israel Stabbing Attack

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US Army Veteran Killed in Israel Stabbing Attack

An American Combat veteran was killed in Jaffa, Israel when a Palestinian man went on a stabbing spree. Nine others were injured during the attack. It was one of three stabbing attacks in Israel on Tuesday.

Taylor Force, a US Army veteran – Screenshot

An Army veteran

UPI reported,

The U.S. citizen killed in the attack was identified as Taylor Force — a 29-year-old combat veteran who was a graduate student at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. He was in Israel on a trip to study entrepreneurship and Israeli start-up companies.

A graduate of West Point, Force was an Army officer between 2009 and 2014 and completed tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bashar Masalha, a 22-year-old Palestinian man, was listed as the suspect. He has been living in a refugee camp, and is also reportedly a member of Hamas. He was chased down the street by a Jewish man with a guitar, and eventually shot dead by Israeli police.

US army veteran killed

The attack at Petah-Tikvah photo by United Hatzolah

Tuesday was a deadly day

The wave of stabbing attacks across Israel on Tuesday, left all four assailants dead.  From Jerusalem to Petah Tivka and Jaffa, attackers sent a wave terrorist activity across the tiny nation. VP Biden was visiting in Tel Aviv, which is just 4 miles southwest of Jaffa. Pregnant women to tourists were targeted in the attacks.

In the one at Petah Tikva, a Palestinian man with a knife stabbed an “Ultra-Orthodox Jew” in the neck after following Yonatan Azarihab into a wine shop.

But it was the suspect’s own undoing. Azarihab was able to yank the knife out of his own neck and use it to stab the attacker to death. Since Ultra-Orthodox men do not generally serve in the IDF, he didn’t even have any military experience.

Breaking Israel News reported,

Those in the ultra-Orthodox community traditionally do not enlist or serve in the IDF, making Azarihab’s actions even more incredible, as he is unlikely to have had a military background. Jewish law demands that one is obligated to stop an assailant, or rodef (pursuer), from committing murder or harming others. In this remarkable case, Azarihab fulfilled this sacred law to the utmost.

“I had to kill him, so he doesn’t kill me or others,” he explained in the interview. “I said to myself, as the saying goes, if I am not for myself, who will be for me, and if I am for myself, who am I?”


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