Terror in Israel as Palestinian attackers kill American tourist, wound 12 Israelis

JERUSALEM -- Palestinian attackers unleashed a series of shooting and stabbing assaults on Israelis on Tuesday, including a stabbing spree in the ancient Mediterranean port city of Jaffa that killed an American tourist near where Vice-President Joe Biden was meeting with Israel's former president, police said.

See Full Article

The Jaffa assault came as Biden arrived on a two-day visit as part of a regional tour of the Mideast. He is to meet both Israeli and Palestinian leaders and there have been speculations he would try to revive the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the man killed in Jaffa was an American tourist, but further details were not immediately available. A dozen Israelis, civilians and police officers, were wounded in the Palestinian knife and gun attacks.

Along with the Jaffa attacker, three other Palestinian assailants were shot and killed in the day's rash of violence, the latest in a wave of near-daily Palestinian assaults on Israeli civilians and security forces that erupted in mid-September.

The bloodshed -- mainly stabbings but also shootings and car-ramming attacks -- has killed 28 Israelis. During the same time, at least 176 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire. Most of the Palestinians have been identified by Israel as attackers, while the rest were killed in clashes with security forces.

In the Jaffa attack, Israeli Channel 2 TV interviewed a man identified only by his first name, Yishai, who described how he confronted the Palestinian as he stabbing people in the street.

"I was sitting down playing guitar and I heard screaming from across the street," said the man, who wore a T-shirt of the rock band Tool. "I saw a man run at me with a knife, I ran at him with the guitar and smashed it in his head. He was so stunned and didn't know what to do with himself and then started running away."

Police said the attacker then ran toward the beach and continued attacking passers-by before he was shot and killed.

Meanwhile, Biden was meeting with former Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Peres Center for Peace, not far from the attack in Jaffa.

"I notified the Vice-President on the terrible incident that took place just a few hundred meters away from here in Jaffa," Peres said. "Terror leads to nowhere."

Biden "condemned in the strongest possible terms the brutal attack which occurred in Jaffa," his office said. "He expressed his sorrow at the tragic loss of American life and offered his condolences to the family of the American citizen murdered in the attack, as well as his wishes for a full and quick recovery for the wounded," the statement said.

In other attacks Tuesday, a Palestinian opened fire at police officers near Jerusalem's Old City in the late afternoon, about a half hour before Biden arrived in Israel, wounding an officer before fleeing the scene. In the chase that followed, the Palestinian wounded another officer before he was shot and killed, police said.

A short while before that, a Palestinian followed an Israeli into a store and stabbed him in the neck in the central city of Petah Tikvah before he was shot and killed.

Earlier in the day, a Palestinian woman in her 50s who tried to stab Israeli security forces was shot and killed by officers, also in Jerusalem's Old City, police said. No Israelis were wounded in that attack

Palestinians say the violence stems from frustration at nearly five decades of Israeli rule over the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Israel says the violence is fueled by a campaign of Palestinian lies and incitement that is compounded on social media sites that glorify and encourage attacks.

Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, praised the attacks on Tuesday but did not claim responsibility for them.


Latest Canada & World News

  • Vatican, Argentine church to open 'dirty war' archives

    World News CTV News
    VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican and Argentina's bishops have finished cataloguing their archives from the country's "dirty war" and will soon make them available to victims and their relatives who have long accused church members of complicity with the military dictatorship. Source
  • Shoppers Drug Mart applies to be a distributor of medical marijuana

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    TORONTO - Shoppers Drug Mart says it has submitted an application to be a distributor of medical marijuana. A spokeswoman says in an email that the drug store chain has applied to Health Canada to become a licensed medical marijuana producer — but only for the purpose of distributing the drug. Source
  • Bottled message sent out to sea is found 5 decades later

    World News Toronto Sun
    HAMPTON, N.H. — A bottled message sent out to sea by a New Hampshire man more than five decades ago has been returned to his daughter. WMUR-TV reports the message was discovered by Clint Buffington of Utah while he was vacationing in the Turks and Caicos. Source
  • Bail granted for Dennis Oland by Court of Appeal

    Canada News CBC News
    Breaking Court of Appeal ordered new trial on second-degree murder charge CBC NewsPosted: Oct 25, 2016 11:32 AM ATLast Updated: Oct 25, 2016 11:32 AM AT Source
  • Dennis Oland released on bail by N.B. Court of Appeal, pending retrial

    Canada News CBC News
    Breaking Court of Appeal ordered new trial on second-degree murder charge CBC NewsPosted: Oct 25, 2016 11:32 AM ATLast Updated: Oct 25, 2016 11:32 AM AT Source
  • Ailing Pakistani girl gets last-minute visa for U.S. surgery

    World News Toronto Sun
    ISLAMABAD — The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad has issued a last minute-visa to an ailing 6-year-old Pakistani girl desperately in need of surgery in the United States. Shahid Ullah, the father of Maria, says that the family is “so happy” at the news and thanked friends and supporters world over who helped them. Source
  • Bigger shrimp being caught after Hurricane Matthew

    World News Toronto Sun
    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Hurricane Matthew flooded roads and homes and tore branches from trees, but there has been one upside to the storm: bigger shrimp. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources biologist Jeff Brunson tells The Post and Courier of Charleston that in some places along the coast, larger shrimp have moved from estuaries to offshore waters where they’re being caught by commercial shrimpers. Source
  • 'Everyone was screaming'; Four killed on river rapids ride at Australian theme park

    World News Toronto Sun
    SYDNEY, Australia — Four people were killed Tuesday after a river rapids ride malfunctioned at a popular theme park on Australia’s east coast, officials said. Two men and two women died while on the ride at Dreamworld, a park on Queensland state’s Gold Coast, Queensland police officer Tod Reid told reporters. Source
  • Otto's first beer run: Self-driving Budweiser truck makes 200 km delivery

    World News CBC News
    Anheuser-Busch says it has completed the world's first commercial shipment by self-driving truck, sending a beer-filled tractor-trailer on a journey of more than 120 miles — almost 200 kilometres — through Colorado. The company says it teamed with self-driving truck maker, Otto, and the state of Colorado for the feat. Source
  • 'I just killed, murdered, this woman here': Hong Kong banker’s trial jury sees chilling video of torture

    World News Toronto Sun
    HONG KONG — A Hong Kong jury watched chilling video Tuesday of a British banker torturing an Indonesian woman and then talking for hours about how he repeatedly raped her and then killed her without feeling guilt or emotion. Source