The Arab terrorist who killed 18-year-old American yeshiva student Ezra Schwartz, hy’d, of Sharon, MA in November 2015 was sentenced to four life sentences by the Judea military court and fined $200,000 (NIS 750,000) in damages to be paid to the victims on Sunday (March 19). Two other people were murdered in the attack as well; 49-year-old Alon Shvut resident, teacher and father of four Yaakov Don, and Shadi Arafeh, 24, of Hebron.
Ezra Schwartz was in Israel for a gap year program prior to beginning a business major at Rutgers University when he and two others were murdered by Mohammed Abed Odeh Harub in a drive-by shooting near Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion.
Harub opened fire at a minivan in which the teen was riding; it was filled with students and teachers who were traveling from Yeshivat Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh to volunteer at the Oz V’Gaon park. Seven others were wounded in the attack.