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Taylor Force: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A former U.S. Army Officer and current Vanderbilt University student has died after being stabbed in Israel on the evening of March 8. Taylor Force was the victim of a stabbing attack perpetrated by a Palestinian man from the West Bank, according to police spokeswoman Luba Samri. In total, eleven people were attacked during the incident, including Force’s wife who is in critical condition.

You can see graphic footage of the attack above.

The incident occurred at the port city of Jaffa, a popular tourist beachfront near Tel Aviv. He was 29 years old. Force was rushed to Wolfson Medical Center in Holon where he was pronounced dead. His identity was confirmed in a statement from his school, Vanderbilt University.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. He Was a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army; Serving in Iraq & Afghanistan

Taylor Force Facebook page

Taylor Force pictured on his Facebook page.

According to his profile at Poets and Quants, Force was studying at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He was part of the class of 2017.

In his bio, it says he was a native of Lubbock, Texas, and graduated from the United States Military Academy, with a degree in Engineering Management. Since then, he had worked a Field Artillery officer in the United States Army. When asked what he would like to achieve post-graduation, Force said:

In addition to learning the skills needed to be successful in business, I want to establish life-long connections and friendships with my fellow students from the U.S. and around the globe.

The statement announcing Force’s death from Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos read in part:

Taylor embarked on this trip to expand his understanding of global entrepreneurship and also to share his insights and knowledge with start-ups in Israel. He 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.

Taylor’s family and his friends and colleagues have our deepest sympathy and utmost support.

The remarks also said that no other Vanderbilt students or staff were injured in the attack.

A brief piece from the Lubbock Avalanche Journal from 2005 mentions that Taylor Allen Force, son of Stuart Force, had entered West Point, where he was on the ski team, having “graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, N.M.” When contacted by the New York Times, Stuart Force simply said, “We have just been notified, and we have no details about anything.”

According to his LinkedIn page, Force left the service in August 2014 having served in both Iraq in Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He was also an Eagle scout.

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2. Vice President Joe Biden, Who Was in Jaffa at the Time, Is Beefing Up His Security After the Attack

CBS New York reports that Vice President Joe Biden is in Israel as part of a visit to the Middle East. He arrived in Israel on March 8, the day of the attack.

Breitbart reports that in response to the attack, Biden’s team have increased their security presence. The VP was speaking at an event at the Peres Peace Center. The conservative news network notes that “there is no immediate information to indicate that the stabber timed his attack to coincide with Biden’s visit.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres said at the meeting with Biden, “In these moments, terror attacks are taking place in streets adjacent to us,” reports CNN.

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The scene were … was killed. (Getty)

The stabbing attack happened on a day when four Palestinians were killed by the Israeli Defense Forces across the country. The attacks are not related, according to Israel’s Police Chief. In total, 12 Israelis were hurt on March 8, including two cops. During one of the attacks, an elderly orthodox Jewish man stabbed his would-be attacker dead with the terrorist’s knife, reports the BBC.

This comes after five months of prolonged attacks from Palestinians. Those attacks have been focused on both civilian and military targets.

CNN reported that earlier on March 8, Israeli forces shot and killed a “female terrorist” after an attempted stabbing in Jerusalem’s Old City.


3. Force’s Attacker Was Neutralized

The Times of Israel reports that eleven people were stabbed in Jaffa, not including Force. The newspaper refers to the attacker as being “neutralized.” CNN reports that four people were stabbed close to the Jaffa port and then three more were attacked as the attacker moved north up the boardwalk.

The Jerusalem Post reports that he was a 22-year-old from the village of Kalandiya in the West Bank named Bashar Massalha (Above). CBS reports that it does not appear that he was attached to any terror group. Though in a tweet, Hamas claimed him as a member:

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4. A Pregnant Woman & a Russian Tourist Were Among the Other’s Stabbed in Jaffa

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The Jerusalem Post reports that a Russian tourist and a pregnant woman were among the others stabbed in Jaffa. The newspaper says that the four of the victims are in serious condition, another four in moderate condition while two others only suffered light injuries. Both the Russian citizen and pregnant woman are among those in serious condition.


5. He’s the First American to Be Killed in Israel Since Teenager Ezra Schwartz Was Shot Dead in November 2015

Ezra Schwartz Facebook page

(Twitter)

Force is the first American to be killed in Israel since Ezra Schwartz was shot dead in the country while delivering food packages to soldiers. The suspect in the attack was a Palestinian terrorist who was arrested by members of the IDF. Six other American students suffered minor injuries in the attack. The attack happened near the Gush Etzion region in Israel on the afternoon of November 19.

He was a Yeshiva student from Massachusetts. It followed an earlier stabbing attack in the city of Tel Aviv which saw two Israelis killed by a Palestinian man inside an office building. Schwartz was 18 years old.

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18 comments

  1. The bias in this article makes me sick to my stomach.
    “The stabbing attack happened on a day when four Palestinians were killed by the Israeli Defense Forces across the country”

    Is this a joke? Those four “Palestinians” are the terrorists who perpetrated the stabbings. Not once have you called the attackers by what they are, terrorists.

    This innocent man lost his life and you won’t even call this tragedy what it is.

    • You want to bring religion into this? Ok . . . quick question: if everyone currently living in Gaza & West bank accepted judaism, will Hamas & fatah get permission to bomb densely populated cities in israel in the hopes of killing members of the IDF? I wouldn’t be surprised if every single one of these palestinian terrorists had lost multiple family members in one the countless IDF bombing campaigns across the concentration camp that is Gaza.

      • those attacks on Gaza came after countless missile attacks on Israel ,they left the Israelis no choice + the missile attacks from Gaza are being lunched from heavy populated areas on purpose-so the IDF will target those areas. IDF is known for the extreme measures it takes to hurt as little as possible innocent civilians . after the bombings on Gaza Hamas missile attack has stopped for the time being,but they constantly build more missiles. even Egypt declared them as a terrorist organization doing all they can to stop Hamas weapon smuggling from Sinai.the Egyptians are much less gentle then IDF .trust me on that. a lot of construction materials are being sent to Gaza by and thru Israel but instead of being used to rebuild gaza its used for tunnels that go under the Israeli Gaza border for the upcoming attack day. please stop spreading disinformation and hate -Israel has plenty of those as it is….

      • Funny you mentioned Gaza and religion – how many Jews there are in Gaza exactly? 0? you know why? because Hamas don’t allow Jews in Gaza and demand there will be no Jews on “palestine lands”. Jews that mistakenly entered arab villages were lynched to death in the past. so yeah, it IS religion war – Islam tries to eradicate and murder Jews, just like Amin El-Hussein, the arab’s leader in Israel of 1920, was a close friend of Hitler.

      • your question makes no sense, but regardless they shoot missiles they pay for it, they don’t shoot missiles and wstop any other form of terror attacks nothing will happen to them.
        even in 2014 during the “protective edge” event israel waited 7 days of constant missile attacks on israel before launching the operation. you’re out of your mind !!

  2. “The stabbing attack happened on a day when four Palestinians were killed by the Israeli Defense Forces across the country.” – WHAT THE HELL??? those 4 “killed by Israeli defense forces” were TERRORISTS THEMSELVES, killed while attacking Israelis!!!!! I guess the author “forgot” to mention that.

  3. “The stabbing attack happened on a day when four Palestinians were killed by the Israeli Defense ” another unethical news report.
    PERPETRATED by ridiculous antisemitic liberals !

  4. When are Americans gonna wake up and see that to the rest of the world, we are public enemy number 1. With that said and now for some known, if you do travel, first thing you get off the plane is a gun. If you dont know how or where to come across one, then keep yo ass in America. Smh

    • Yo Blacc Amerika: like keeping your ass in America and being shot in the back by your 4 year old son while driving a pickup truck in Putnam FL?

  5. Seriously? The headline/blurb on my email said Taylor was killed by a “crazed attacker”. He was killed by a Palestinian TERRORIST. The other 4 Palestinians killed that day (and somehow equated to innocent victims like an American war veteran and a pregnant woman) were TERRORISTS killed during or after they attacked people.

    I’m disgusted at the way this story was reported. You do a disservice to Taylor, and all the other victims of terror in Israel and in America.

    This was no “crazed attacker”… I’m unsubscribing from email updates from heavy.com immediately. I get enough biased news – I thought this site was different but apparently you’re also just another site with writers that won’t recognize terrorism until it hits them personally.

  6. The 4 dead Palestinians were the terrorists, but media could not tell which terrorist organisation they are from…!!!!

  7. Yet another incident in the Israel theater of the ongoing global Jihad. It’s a manifestation of the impact of the xenophobic triumphalist imperialistic supremacist misogynistic ideology of Submission. (The Arabic word for Submission is Islam) In this case it takes the form of a regional reclamation Jihad being waged against what’s perceived as an infidel state on Islamic land.

    What we non-adherents of Submission/Islam perceive as barbaric savagery is celebrated as righteous actions by martyrs guaranteed an honored place in heaven. In other words, it’s a religious war that the leadership of one side is foolishly pretending isn’t happening. In the Israel theater was going on long before the 1960s when Arabs of the region hijacked the Palestinian for themselves. Prior to that it their own leaders who vigorously argued before international commissions and boards of inquiry that there was no such thing as a unique and historically distinct people known as Palestinians. Furthermore, they insisted that there was no such thing as a political unit known as Palestine because it was in fact southern Syria and should remain as such.

    Any average school child can verify the aforementioned references through neutral-sourced material.