Massachusetts teen studying in Israel killed in attack

The 18-year-old Schwartz graduated this year

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BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A Brookline school on Thursday identified a recent graduate visiting Israel as among three people killed in an attack in the West Bank.

(Photo courtesy of WBZ, WCVB)
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The Maimonides School said in an emailed statement that the school community is “profoundly saddened” and mourns the death of Ezra Schwartz. The 18-year-old Schwartz graduated this year.

Naty Katz, the head of school, said Schwartz was studying in Israel.

The Israeli military said Schwartz, of Sharon, Massachusetts, and two others were killed Thursday by a Palestinian motorist who intentionally rammed his vehicle into a group of pedestrians in a West Bank area south of Jerusalem. The military said soldiers shot at the attacker.

The attacks are part of wave of violence that began in September over tensions surrounding a Jerusalem holy site sacred to Jews and Muslims.

The Boston Globe reports that Schwartz was among a group of volunteers delivering food to Israeli soldiers. The volunteers also visited a memorial for three Israeli teens who were killed last summer.

Schwartz, who had been looking forward to visiting Israel, worked as a counselor at Camp Yavneh in New Hampshire for many years, said Debbie Sussman, the camp’s director.

“The kids just loved him,” she said. “He was a great kid. A really sweet guy.”

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