Palestinian terror wave claims latest American victim in Jaffa stabbing spree

The Magen David Adom emergency response group responds to Tuesday's deadly stabbing spree in Jaffa. Credit: Twitter.

( A visiting American business school student was killed and at least 11 others were wounded in a stabbing spree carried out by a Palestinian terrorist in the Israeli port city of Jaffa on Tuesday evening.

The American victim was identified as Taylor Force, 29, a student at the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management. He was visiting Israel as part of a school trip.

According to Tel Aviv police, the terrorist began stabbing people near the entrance to the Jaffa port. The attacker then fled on foot on the road towards Tel Aviv and started to stab drivers stuck in traffic before he was eventually shot and killed by police. The terrorist was later identified as a 21-year-old man from the Palestinian town of Qalandiya, north of Jerusalem. 

The Magen David Adom emergency response organization said it treated 11 victims, with the condition of their injuries including one critical, four severe, four moderate, and two mild.

Tel Aviv’s Wolfson Medical Center said that the one victim who was killed, Taylor Force, was brought to the hospital dead.

The attack in Jaffa was at least the third terror attack of the day in Israel. Earlier, one Israeli man was injured in a stabbing in Petah Tikva. In that incident, the victim was apparently able to use the knife and kill his attacker. Additionally, two Israeli Border Police officers were seriously injured in a drive-by shooting attack near the Old City of Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate; the shooter was eventually killed. 

Tuesday’s slain tourist joins the list of American victims in the current wave of Palestinian terror. Israeli victims Eitam Henkin and Tuvia Yanai Weissman both held U.S. citizenship, while another Jewish victim, Ezra Schwartz, was an American student studying in Israel during his “gap year” between high school and college. Overall, more than 30 Israelis have been killed since the ongoing terror wave started last fall.

Posted on March 8, 2016 .