Israel Razes Home of Palestinian Who Killed U.S. Tourist in Jaffa Rampage

Bashar Masalha of the West Bank village of Hajjah stabbed Taylor Force to death and wounded eleven others before he was subdued near the promenade.

Taylor Force, the U.S. citizen killed on the March 9, 2015 terror attack in Jaffa.
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Israeli security forces demolished overnight Monday the home of the Palestinian who killed U.S. citizen Taylor Force in a stabbing spree in Jaffa in March. 

The demolition of Bashar Masalha's home in the West Bank village of Hajjah was carried out by IDF forces, Border Police and the Civil Administration officials, the military said in a statement.

Masalha stabbed Force to death and wounded eleven others before he was subdued near the Jaffa promenade. Footage of the attack purportedly shows that Masalha was still alive after he was shot, and that, lying on the ground, a police volunteer shot and killed him. The Justice Ministry announced that it would investigate the shooting

Police stand near the body of the assailant at the scene of the Jaffa stabbing attack, March 8, 2016.
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In the video footage, bystanders can be heard telling the volunteer things like “Give it to him in the head, don’t be afraid, give it to him in the head. Good, you’re a king.” A policeman is then heard telling his superiors over the radio, “I’ve neutralized him.” But the bystanders continue egging the volunteer on: “Son of a bitch! ... Give it to him in the head.”

At that point, at least one shot is heard, apparently fired by the volunteer. That shot is suspected of causing Masalha’s death.

Force, a 29-year-old veteran and an MBA student at Vanderbilt University, was visiting Israel with fellow graduate students and faculty. None of his peers were hurt in the attack.