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Terrorists Kill Five Innocents in Israel

Friday, 20 November, 2015 - 4:40 am

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2 Murdered in Tel Aviv Prayer-Service Stabbing  & Three Murdered, Including U.S. Student, in Drive-By Shooting in Gush Etzion

Tel Aviv Attack

Two men were killed and a third wounded when a terrorist attacked worshippers during afternoon prayer service at a Judaica store within an office building on Ben Tzvi Street in Tel Aviv.

The dead were identified as AharonYisayev, 32, from Holon; and AviramReuven, 51, from Ramle. Yisayev, who became Torah-observant as an adult, leaves behind a wife and five children who study at religious educational institutions in Holon. Funeral details have not yet been determined. 

Aharon Yisayev, 32, from Holon
Aharon Yisayev, 32, from Holon

The injured victim, a man in his 50s, remains in moderate condition. He was treated by Magen David Adom paramedics at the scene and taken to Ichilov Hospital.

The suspected stabber, a 36-year-old Palestinian from the village of Dura near Hebron, was caught by a bystander, who subdued him until police arrived.

According to the Shin Bet security services, the attacker received a work permit approximately a month ago. Employed at a local Bukharian restaurant, he told police that he got a job in Tel Aviv in order to attack and kill Jews. He had no prior record of security-related offenses.

Police at the scene where two men were killed after leaving afternoon prayer services in a Tel Aviv office building.

Police at the scene where two men were killed after leaving afternoon prayer services in a Tel Aviv office building.

Gush Etzion Attack 

Three people were killed and seven wounded in a terrorist drive-by shooting in the Gush Etzion section of Judea, following terrorist stabbings earlier in the day that left two men dead in Tel Aviv.

One of the victims was Ezra Schwartz, 18, from Sharon, Mass., who had been studying at a Yeshiva Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Rabbi Yaakov Don, 49, was also murdered in the attack. Don was a resident of Alon Shvut, an educator and a father of four. He died after being evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem with bullet wounds to his upper body. The third victim was a Palestinian bystander.

The Beit Shemesh municipality stated it was “shocked and grief-stricken by the murder of the yeshivah student in the shooting attack at Gush Etzion.” 

“Ezra was a genuinely nice guy,” says Berri Wolosow, who played baseball with him as a child. “His father arranged and coached ashomer Shabbos Little League baseball team, and we were on it together.”

“Even though we went to different schools,” continues Wolosow, whose parents, Rabbi Chaim and Sara Wolosow, co-direct the Chabad Center of Sharon, “he would make the effort to maintain a friendship with us long after we outgrew Little League. That’s just how he was.”

Ezra Schwartz, a yeshivah student from Sharon, Mass., as a student volunteer with the IDFSchwartz had traveled to Gush Etzion along with five other students from abroad to hand out food to soldiers. The others were lightly wounded and are being treated at Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem.

Members of the Magen David Adom ambulance service said the attack began when two terrorists opened fire on other vehicles from their car near Tzomet Gevaot. From there, they drove to the nearby Alon Shevut Junction and ran over at least one other person before they were shot and taken into custody by security forces.

Ezra Schwartz, a yeshivah student from Sharon, Mass., as a student volunteer with the IDF 

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