Israel Razes Home of Palestinian Who Killed American Grad Student

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces demolished the home of the Palestinian terrorist who killed an American college student during a March stabbing attack in Jaffa.

The demolition of the family home of Bashar Massalha took place Monday evening in the West Bank village of Kfar Haja, near Nablus, in conjunction with the Civil Administration and the Border Police.

Taylor Force, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University on a school trip to Israel, was killed and 10 people were injured in the stabbing rampage. Massalha, 22, reportedly was killed by a police volunteer while lying on the ground after being captured. The army is investigating the incident.

Force was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He graduated from the West Point Military Academy in 2009 and served as a field artillery officer from 2009 to 2014 at Fort Hood in Texas.

The attack occurred near the site where the wife and grandchildren of visiting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden were having dinner on the Tel Aviv beach.


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