Palestinian Gets Four Life Sentences for Murder of U.S. Student, Two Others in West Bank

Ezra Schwartz was spending his gap year studying in Israel when he and two others were killed in the shooting attack.

The minivan in which Ezra Schwartz was riding with classmates, with an inset photo of Schwartz from his graduation earlier in this year, November 19, 2015.
Roni Yaakov / Judea and Samaria Fire and Rescue Services and Maimonides School

The Palestinian terrorist who killed American yeshiva student Ezra Schwartz and two others was sentenced to four life sentences for the November 2015 attack.

Mohammed Abed Odeh Harub was sentenced Sunday in an Israeli military court. He also was ordered to pay about $200,000 to the families of the victims, Ynet reported.

Schwartz, from Sharon, Massachusetts, was on a gap year studying at a yeshiva in Israel. He was to start business school at Rutgers University in New Jersey in the fall of 2016.

He was killed when Harub opened fire near Alon Shvut in the Etzion bloc of the West Bank on a minivan full of students and teachers from Yeshivat Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh, who were volunteering in the area.

Two other people, Shadi Arafa, 24, a Palestinian from Hebron, and Yaacov Don, 51, an Israeli from Alon Shvut, were killed in the attack. Five others were wounded.