Yeshiva student killed in West Bank shooting


A yeshiva student killed in a West Bank shooting Thursday was identified as Ezra Schwartz of Sharon, Mass.

Schwartz, 18, was one of three people killed Thursday by a terrorist near Gush Etzion. He reportedly was studying for a year at Yeshivat Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh.

He is the brother of Mollie Schwartz, who is a student with the 2019 class at University of Maryland. The Hillel community planned to gather Thursday night to recite from the Book of Psalms. Officials at Hillel and the university’s counseling center will be available for counseling and conversation.

Schwartz was a recent graduate of the Maimonides School in Brookline, Massachusetts, and had been a counselor at Camp Yavneh, a Jewish summer camp in Northwood, N.H.

At least one attacker, reported to be a Palestinian, shot into a minivan full of people as well as another car near a traffic junction, then rammed his car into several other cars and bystanders, according to reports. One shooter reportedly exited his car and was shot and injured by security forces.

JTA News and Features contributed to this report

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