American Tourist Killed In Tel Aviv Attack

American Tourist Killed In Tel Aviv Attack

At least 10 wounded in stabbing spree at Jaffa Port; Biden was nearby.

Jerusalem — An American tourist was killed and as many as 10 people were wounded Tuesday evening after a stabbing attack at the Jaffa Port in Tel Aviv.

The attack came less than two hours after terror attacks in Jerusalem and central Israel left a charedi Orthodox man and two Israeli Border Police officers seriously injured.

In the attack at the Jaffa Port, four of the injured are reported to be in serious condition and four others in moderate condition, according to Israel’s Channel 2. The attack lasted about 20 minutes in three locations.

The tourist was identified as Taylor Force, 29, a student at the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management. He was on a school trip to Israel when he was killed Tuesday evening, the university said. As many as 10 people were wounded in the attack at and near the Jaffa Port, Force’s wife seriously, Ynet reported.

Force and other Owen school students had gone to Israel to learn about the high-tech industry there. No one else on the trip was hurt, the university said.

“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,” said Vanderbilt Chancellor Nick Zeppos in an email to students, faculty and staff.

Force’s wife was among those seriously injured, Ynet reported. A pregnant woman, an Israeli Arab and a Palestinian in Israel illegally were among the injured, Channel 2 reported.

Police said the assailant was “neutralized.” He was later identified by the Palestinian Maan news agency and then by police as a 22-year-old man from the Palestinian city of Qalqilya in the northern West Bank.

At the time of the attack, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was located less than two miles away at the Peres Center for Peace. He is in Israel on a two-day trip.

At the entrance to the Jaffa Port, the assailant stabbed two people before attacking others as he moved southward, including near the Dolphinarium Club on the border with Tel Aviv, according to reports. The port is a popular seaside shopping and dining center for Israelis and tourists in Jaffa, the predominately Arab area of south Tel Aviv.

The Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality vowed to step up security in the wake of the attack.

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