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Ezra Schwartz

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.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.