|Stabbing in Tel Aviv|
January 21, 2015
IFSA-Butler is closely monitoring this morning's stabbing incident that took place on a crowded public bus in southern Tel Aviv. It is reported that 13 people were stabbed by a lone assailant during rush hour, and that the suspect has been apprehended by the police. Occurrences like this are very rare in Tel Aviv. It is believed that this was a "lone wolf" attack, meaning that the suspect was working alone and not as a part of a militant group.
IFSA-Butler students are currently in Jerusalem participating in the IFSA-Butler and Hebrew University orientations, and all have been accounted for.
IFSA-Butler students in Jerusalem receive two orientations at the beginning of their study abroad experience: One conducted by IFSA-Butler staff in Tel Aviv and the other by Hebrew University staff in Jerusalem. During both of these orientations, several sessions are dedicated to personal safety and security while living in Jerusalem. Additionally, IFSA-Butler brings in a regional security specialist from Max Security Solutions, a security and intelligence company based out of Tel Aviv, to provide more in-depth information about the conflicts and current events in the region, places to avoid and how to travel and live safely in Israel.
For more information about this morning's incident, please see the following media outlets: