Five people were killed in two terror attacks on Thursday, the deadliest day since the current wave of violence began. Three people were killed and five others were wounded in a shooting and car ramming attack in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank in the afternoon, just a few hours after a stabbing attack killed two in Tel Aviv. The assailants in both incidents were detained.
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Ezra Schwartz, Sharon, Massachusetts
Schwartz, 18, was studying at Ashreinu yeshiva in Beit Shemesh. He and five friends from the yeshiva had come to Gush Etzion to bring food to soldiers stationed in the area. The other five were lightly wounded. The Beit Shemesh municipality said it is “in mourning and in shock” over Schwartz's murder. (Yair Ettinger)
Rabbi Yaakov Don, Alon Shvut
Don, 49, was married with four children aged 13 to 21. He was born in Kiryat Ono to parents who survived the Holocaust, and like his father, a professor of economics at Bar-Ilan University, he was a lifelong professional educator. In addition to teaching in schools, he was involved in the Education Ministry’s school computerization program and was working on a doctorate in educational technology at the University of Haifa. His funeral will take place at 10:30 A.M. today at the Kfar Etzion cemetery. (Chaim Levinson)
Shadi Arafa, Hebron
Arafa, 24, who worked as a sales representative for the Palestinian cellular operator Al-Wataniya, was on his way home from work when he was killed in the attack at the Gush Etzion Junction. His body was transferred to the Al-Ahli hospital in Hebron, and his funeral will take place at noon today following Friday morning prayers. (Jack Khoury)
Reuven Aviram, Ramle
Aviram, 51, immigrated from the former Soviet Union in 1990 and worked as a diamond polisher and jeweler at a jewelry factory in Tel Aviv. “This is a terrible tragedy,” said his son Uriel. “Dad was the anchor of the family — a happy man, endlessly giving, a man of letters with wide knowledge. Dad was my best friend, with a giant heart, a modest man who left us before his time.” Aviram is also survived by his wife, Ira. (Lee Yaron)
Aharon Yesaev, Holon
Yesaev, 32, a father of five. His funeral was held at the Holon cemetery.