Eighteen year old Ezra Schwartz, of Sharon, Massachusetts, was spending the year in Israel, pursuing his studies.
He was planning to enter Rutgers University next year.
Last Thursday, Ezra was shot and killed in a ‘Palestinian’ terrorist attack.
Initial reaction from the State Dept.?
After American Jewish groups expressed outrage that there was no mention of the murder of an American citizen, the State Dept. did acknowledge Ezra’s death.
But, in an outrageous display of moral equivalence, the State Department press release added that Israel, as well as the terrorists, need to “reduce tensions.”
Statement from The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations:
Conference of Presidents leaders Stephen. M. Greenberg, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO condemned in the strongest terms the continuing series of outrageous terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians including the murders of five people yesterday and the wounding of many others. Among those killed was Ezra Schwartz, an 18-year-old American studying in Israel. He along with friends was engaged in a service project and was returning when he was killed. These barbaric attacks have taken a heavy toll of innocent Israelis going about their daily lives at work, at prayer, or traveling to family celebrations. Yet, the international community cannot find the words to unequivocally condemn these violent acts and those responsible for inciting them, including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
We are deeply disappointed that the United States government has not issued a statement despite the death of an American citizen. The statement by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations deplores the deaths but does not indicate who was responsible. His statement cites the fact that a Palestinian was killed, but not that it was at the hands of another Palestinian….
This year marked the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and other concentration camps. As we mark this sad anniversary we recall the pledge taken at the time of “Never Again.” We are again reminded of its significance when we see the world silent in the face of the murder of Jews. We demand that the United States government and others around the world who are truly committed to the war against terrorism speak out and act to hold accountable those who engaged in terrorist attacks, wherever they take place and that those who aid, abet, and incite them be held to account….
And here is the State Department response:
“We were deeply saddened to learn about the death of Ezra Schwartz, an American citizen from Massachusetts who was murdered in a terrorist attack on Thursday while in Israel….”
“We extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family, friends, and community as well as the family and friends of the four other people killed in yesterday’s tragic events,”….
“These tragic incidents underscore the importance of taking affirmative steps to restore calm, reduce tensions and bring an immediate end to the violence,”….
Times of Israel: Ezra Schwartz remembered as warm teen with ‘boundless energy’