A young American man was one of at least five dead in two separate attacks in Tel Aviv on 19 November. The 18-year-old, identified as Ezra Schwartz from Massachusetts, was spending his gap year in Israel when he was shot and killed in a shooting near the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut in the Etziodn Bloc.
According to the Times of Israel, Shwartz and a Palestinian man were declared dead at the scene in the incident that killed three total and injured four others. An Israeli man, who sustained injuries to the upper torso and neck, later died in Jerusalem at Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem. He was identified as 51-year-old Yaakov Don from Alon Shvut.
Authorities said an assailant opened fire with an Uzi sub-machine gun towards Israeli vehicles. After running out of ammunition the gunman drove away and rammed into a car. He was shot in the back by security officers, who disarmed and arrested him. Those injured in the shooting were reportedly American students studying at a yeshiva, or religious school.
Schwartz, a recent graduate of Maimonides School in Brookline, was mourned by his school. In a statement, the school said, "The entire Maimonides School community is profoundly saddened as we mourn the tragic loss of our recent graduate Ezra Schwartz, Class of 2015, who was murdered in a terrorist attack today in Israel. Ezra was spending his gap year studying in Israel. our thoughts and prayers are with Ezra's family, classmates and friends."
The shooter was identified by Palestinian media as 24-year-old Mohammed Abdel Basset al-Kharoub. The gunman was from the West Bank village of Dir Smat near Hebron. The Palestinian killed in the attack has not been identified.
In a separate knife incident, two Israelis were killed and another two were injured in Tel Aviv in an office building. One of the victims was declared dead at the scene and the second died after being taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The attacker in the stabbing incident was captured by police and only identified as a 36-year-old Palestinian father of five from the West Bank.