Israel demolishes home of Palestinian who killed US vet Taylor Force

The Israeli military has demolished the home of a Palestinian who stabbed to death an American tourist and war veteran in an attack earlier this year.

The troops entered the West Bank village of Hajjah early on Tuesday to knock down the residence of Bashar Masalha. In March, he killed Taylor Force and wounded 10 others in a stabbing attack on a Tel Aviv beachfront promenade.

Palestinians place national flags and party banners in what was left of Bashar Masalha's house.

Palestinians place national flags and party banners in what was left of Bashar Masalha's house. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Force was a Vanderbilt University graduate student visiting Israel during a school trip. He previously graduated from West Point and served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Masalha was killed by police after the attack. The assault was part of a months-long wave of violence.

Israel carries out housing demolitions to deter future attacks. The Palestinians consider it a form of collective punishment.