Ezra Schwartz , an 18-year-old American from Massachussetts who was visiting Israel, was shot and killed Thursday in a Palestinian terror attack, as part of a wave of Palestinian terror resulting in the deaths of five innocents.
He was an “American student studying in Israel who, on his way back from his chesed activities, was gunned down. Some of his friends in the taxi were treated for shock but are Baruch Hashem (Thank God) physically uninjured,” read a statement from Rabbi Kenneth Brander of Yeshiva University.
Schwartz is from Sharon, Massachusetts, and his family was notified of the news following the horrific attack, according to a statement now cleared for release.
Schwartz was traveling with a group of fellow students of Yeshiva Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh to deliver food to Israeli soldiers patrolling the area, when his vehicle came under attack, according to reports.
Thursday saw two separate Palestinian terror attacks, one in Tel Aviv and another in the West Bank. Both jihadi suspects have been arrested and placed in police custody.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has entered an emergency security cabinet meeting with top officials to discuss measures to combat the ongoing Palestinian attacks, which have been ongoing as part of what some Palestinian radicals are calling the “knife intifada.”
“My heart is with the families of the murdered and I send my wishes for a speedy recovery to the wounded. Whoever condemned the attacks in France needs to condemn the attacks in Israel. It’s the same terror. Whoever does not do this is a hypocrite and blind,” Netanyahu said prior to his meeting with military chiefs.
“Terror is everywhere, if it happens on the streets of Israel, in a concert venue in Paris or in any other place where radical Islam infiltrates in order to harm normal daily life. This is a fight the West cannot compromise on,” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon commented in response to the attacks. “Security forces are working day and night in order to foil terror networks and arrest the attackers,” he added, expressing his condolences to the families of the victims of Thursday’s attacks.
The Palestinian terror wave has been ongoing for the past couple of months and has been encouraged by leaders in both Gaza and the West Bank.