A former U.S. Marine was seriously wounded Sunday after a Palestinian terrorist shot at his car with his family inside, according to The Times of Israel.
David Stern, a former Marine and weapons instructor, was driving in the West Bank with his wife and children Sunday when a Palestinian man began shooting at the car. Stern was shot in the head but managed to shoot the gunman, who was later apprehended by the Israeli Defense Forces, according to The Times of Israel. (RELATED: Democrats Sympathize More With Palestinians Than Israel For The First Time In Decades, Poll Finds)
Stern’s wife was also taken to the hospital for treatment for “traumatic shock” but she and the children were otherwise uninjured, according to The Times of Israel. The attack occurred in the same area where two Israeli brothers were killed several weeks prior.
Yesterday, an #antisemitism-fueled terror attack was committed by a #Palestinian terrorist against an #Israeli-American family, critically injuring the father, David Stern, a former US Marine. We pray for David’s swift recovery as we #StandUpToHatred & #StandAgainstTerror. pic.twitter.com/jPSsbw1z6E
— StandWithUs (@StandWithUs) March 20, 2023
U.S. Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides confirmed Sunday that the attack had injured an American citizen in a Twitter post.
“I can confirm that a U.S. citizen was injured in the shooting attack near Huwara today,” Nides said. “Prayers for a speedy recovery and for calm to prevail.”
I can confirm that a U.S. citizen was injured in the shooting attack near Huwara today. Prayers for a speedy recovery and for calm to prevail.
— Ambassador Tom Nides (@USAmbIsrael) March 19, 2023
Stern’s attack is the second in which a U.S. citizen has been injured or killed by Palestinian terrorists in the last three weeks. On Feb. 27, an American-Israeli man was shot in his car by multiple terrorists and later died from his injuries in the hospital.
President Joe Biden and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone Sunday about the president’s concerns regarding tensions in the area, Israel’s judicial reform, and “tensions and violence” in the West Bank, according to a public statement from the White House.
“The President reinforced the need for all sides to take urgent, collaborative steps to enhance security coordination, condemn all acts of terrorism, and maintain the viability of a two-state solution,” the statement read.
A National Security Council spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation that it “strongly condemns” the shooting of an American-Israeli citizen.
“We strongly condemn yesterday’s terrorist shooting of a U.S. – Israeli citizen in the West Bank village of Huwara that resulted in serious injuries,” the spokesperson said. “We hope for a speedy and full recovery. We will continue to work with Israelis and Palestinians, as well as our regional partners, towards restoring calm.”
The State Department did not immediately respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.
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