CUFI launches campaign for bipartisan support for ‘Taylor Force Act’
Taylor Force “exemplified the spirit of discovery, learning and service,” in the words of Vanderbilt University chancellor Nicholas Zeppos. A West Point graduate from Lubbock, Texas, who served as a field artillery officer deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, Force’s last breath would be drawn in a different battle zone—the streets of Israel.
Force was studying at Vanderbilt and working toward his MBA. He came to the Jewish state as part of a university group studying global entrepreneurship. But that all changed on March 8, 2016, when 22-year-old Palestinian Bashar Massalha went on a stabbing spree in Jaffa, killing Taylor and wounding 11, including a pregnant woman.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered words of consolation to Force’s parents, “May his memory be a blessing.” The U.S. State Department condemned the attack. But the Palestinian Authority had a different perspective on the murder of Force and attempted murder of a dozen more lives.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas praised Massalha for his attack, describing him as a “heroic martyr” and role model for young Palestinian children. Arabs in the disputed territories and Gaza celebrated the murder of Force and the attacks against Israelis. Unbeknownst to the American taxpayer is their complicity in the murder of Taylor Force and all Israelis killed by Palestinian terrorists.