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.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Man hurling racial slurs at Muslim women kills 2, injures 1 on Oregon train, police say

    World News Toronto Sun
    PORTLAND, Ore. — Two people died Friday and another was hurt in a stabbing on a Portland light-rail train after a man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim, one of whom was wearing a hijab, police said. Source
  • Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser to Jimmy Carter, dies

    World News CBC News
    Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser to U.S. President Jimmy Carter, has died. He was 89. His death was announced on social media Friday night by his daughter, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski. She called him "the most inspiring, loving and devoted father any girl could ever have. Source
  • Tory leadership contenders make pitches for votes

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    TORONTO — The last time Conservative party faithful gathered en masse in Toronto it was to hear from former leader and prime minister Stephen Harper. On Friday, they met in the same location, this time to hear from the 13 people vying to replace him. Source
  • 'Steady stream of garbage' left at B.C. lake after long weekend

    Canada News CBC News
    Residents of Cultus Lake ,B.C., are angry after the area was left covered in trash following Victoria Day weekend celebrations. One social media post of the lake, located just south of Chilliwack, B.C., showed empty bottles, garbage bags and junk food bags littered along the docks. Source
  • Alberta police seek man who steals lottery tickets, flees in stolen cars

    Canada News CTV News
    RED DEER, Alta. -- Police in central Alberta are looking for help to nab a man who steals trays of lottery tickets from convenience stores, then escapes in stolen vehicles. The man went into an Express 24 in Red Deer, Alta. Source
  • Jared Kushner had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy: sources

    World News CBC News
    U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former U.S. Source
  • Russian bankers sue BuzzFeed over unverified Trump dossier

    World News CTV News
    NEW YORK -- The owners of a Russian bank are suing BuzzFeed for publishing an uncorroborated dossier that alleged they were part of a Russian scheme to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan of Alfa Bank filed the defamation lawsuit Friday in Manhattan. Source
  • B.C. political parties very close to reaching deal, Green leader says

    Canada News CTV News
    VICTORIA -- Green Leader Andrew Weaver says he's very close to making a deal with either the Liberals and the New Democrats on forming a new minority government in British Columbia. He said negotiations between the parties have intensified since Elections BC confirmed the province's election results earlier this week with the Liberals holding 43 seats in the legislature to the NDP's 41 and the Greens' three. Source
  • Saskatchaheist: Beer destined for Prairie neighbour stolen from Edmonton holding yard

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    About $160,000 worth of beer destined for Saskatchewan was stolen from a holding yard in Edmonton earlier this month. Police said Friday that two semi-trucks and trailers filled largely with beer were stolen at around 7 p.m. Source
  • Tim Kaine’s son, 7 others charged for allegedly disrupting pro-Trump event

    World News Toronto Sun
    ST. PAUL, Minn. — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine’s youngest son was among eight people charged for allegedly disrupting a March rally in support of U.S. President Donald Trump. Linwood “Woody” Kaine, of Minneapolis, was charged Friday with one gross misdemeanour count of obstructing the legal process and misdemeanour counts of fleeing on foot and concealing his identity in public. Source