Date: November 19, 2015
By Mark Ellis, Special to ASSIST News Service
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS - November 19, 2015) -- A Palestinian terrorist killed an American tourist and two others on Thursday afternoon, November 19th, by shooting at vehicles caught in a traffic jam in the West Bank.
The American was identified as Ezra Schwartz, of Sharon, Mass., a yeshiva student in Beit Shemesh near Jerusalem. He was delivering food to Israeli soldiers patrolling the area at the time of the attack, according to The New York Post.
Seven others were lightly wounded in the attack, including two Israeli women and five American yeshiva students. They were all evacuated to the Sha’are Tzedek Medical Center. The five Americans are due to be released, while the two Israeli women will remain hospitalized, The Jerusalem Post reported.
U.S. officials said they considered the attack an act of terrorism.
“We condemn these terrorist attacks against innocent civilians in the strongest possible terms,” Edgar Vasquez, a spokesperson for the State Department, told The Jerusalem Post.
“As we’ve made clear, we remain deeply concerned about the situation,” he said, “and continue to urge all sides to take affirmative steps to restore calm and prevent actions that would further escalate tensions.”
Apparently the terrorist fired at the cars as he drove by them and was also able to reload this gun. He then fled at high speed toward the Alon Shvut settlement, but slammed into a car.
The terrorist left the vehicle and tried to make further shots. Israeli security forces shot at the terrorist and then arrested him. Video footage from the scene show the terrorist lying on the ground as soldiers surround him, according to the Post.
The Israeli victim, Yaakov Don, 51, from the Alon Shvut settlement, is a father of four children. He was evacuated from the scene and was pronounced dead upon his arrival at the Haddassah Medical Center in Ein Karem.
Photo captions. 1) Ezra Schwartz. 2) The bullet-riden car he was traveling in.
About the writer: Mark Ellis is senior correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, and also the founder of www.Godreports.com, a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world to build interest in world missions.