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On Sunday, 11/22, as the president was giving a moving and emotional tribute to Nohemi Gonzalez and Anita Datar, Americans that were killed in the Paris and Mali terrorist attacks, Ezra Schwartz’s body was being flown back for burial to his home state of Massachusetts. Ezra was brutally murdered in an act of terror the thursday Prior to that. This is just part of what the president said.

“Nohemi and Anita embodied the values of service and compassion that no terrorist can extinguish”. “Their legacy will endure in the family and friends who carry on their work.”

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I would love to quote what Mr. Obama said about Ezra Schwartz, however there is nothing on the public record from the President about the incident. Perhaps even more upsetting than the President’s glaring omission of Ezra was the original reaction on Friday from State Department spokesman John Kirby.

“We condemn these terrorist attacks against innocent civilians in the strongest possible terms. As we’ve made clear, we remain deeply concerned about the situation and continue to urge all sides to take affirmative steps to restore calm and prevent actions that would further escalate tensions.”

If you saw the statement, you can see it was said in an uncaring and unsympathetic way. He actually had the audacity to tweet it afterwards. It is unclear to me what Ezra could have done differently according to Mr Kirby’s Logic other than not exist. When an 18 year old American Jew gets killed in Israel by a terrorist firing indiscriminately into Jewish cars, both sides need to take steps to quell tensions and the victim get no sympathy or mention from the American president. (The president did eventually call the family Monday for a private phone conversation)

Let us now look at what the President said after Trayvon Martin was killed in very questionable circumstances. Trayvon was a 17 year old African American that was suspended from school for drug abuse, had a history of violence and criminality, and was certainly not a victim of someone trying to simply kill African Americans.

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids.”

It was amazing to see friends and family talk about Ezra Schwartz. He was described as a man of “boundless energy”, a mentor to his siblings, caring, sweet, “a giver” , energetic, smart, social, a star athlete and a leader amongst his friends. He was in Israel for the year learning Torah and was planning on going to Rutgers University the following year. He was killed doing an act of kindness, beautifying a nature reserve dedicated to the three Jewish teens kidnapped and killed by terrorists last year. After his death, his friends and family handled the tragedy with complete grace. They didn’t ask for protests, setup “justice funds” or blame the Israeli or US governments for the act of murder. What they did do was ask everyone to do good deeds on behalf of Ezra’s memory.

The president’s singling out Ezra for omission deserves to be called out by all fair minded people. While Mr. Obama imagines that his son would have looked like Trayvon Martin, I would prefer my son be more in the mold of Ezra Schwartz.

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Ed Rosenberg is a small business owner and freelance political analyst based in Brooklyn, NY.

22 COMMENTS

  1. So you believe that Ezra's life was worth more than Trayvon's, and you illustrate that by smearing Trayvon:
    "Trayvon was a 17 year old African American that was suspended from school for drug abuse, had a history of violence and criminality, and was certainly not a victim of someone trying to simply kill African Americans."
    Simply ugly, and smacks of arrogance and misguided superiorty and racism.
    President Obama called his family. Young people die everyday, and how many families receive personal calls from the President? What makes Schwartz's life more worthy of a call than anyone elses?

  2. It doesn't, but your just showing your "arrogance". Ezra was killed by terrorist anti-semites. Ezra should have been mentioned publically by the President as an act of terrorism against an AMERICAN citizen. But you probably believe in "What difference does it make."?

  3. Your comments indicate you are a delusional leftist liberal brainwashed lunatic. Treyvon Martin was a worthless piece of garbage, a criminal, drug abuser, your typical black thug. And what kind of name is "Treyvon"? What is it's origin? Obviously it's another one of these made up names these useless blacks have. As for you Sharon, you are living in a liberal fools utopia. You liberals are pathetic.

  4. We are the sum total of our decisions and actions. There is no doubt that Ezra's life choices far outweighed Trayvon Martin's. I was offended when Obama embraced Martin as he did yet showed no sense of commonality with others. Ms. Harper, Martin was n ot a robot or a slave. He acted as a free willful being as did Schwartz. Who made better liefe choices? Your implied defense of the Palestinians proves your racism against "Whites" and specifically Jews.

  5. If one assaults an armed Neighborhood Watch member, who is just keeping an eye on him, the math will result the way it did. Many these persons of interest, resulting in the descriptive endings, initiated the actions which resulted in being shot by the Police, Neighborhood Watch, Security, ETC. = Obama, a result of MASS VOTING FRAUD, which put Obama in the White House, FAILS to relate this FACT.

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