Obama, Kerry call Schwartz family with ‘profound’ condolences
The president “underscored that Ezra’s studies in Israel strengthened the bonds between Israel and the United States.
U.S. President Barack Obama called the parents of Ezra Schwartz on Monday to offer his “profound condolences” after the 18-year-old US citizen was murdered in a terrorist attack in Israel last week.
The president “underscored that Ezra’s studies in Israel strengthened the bonds between Israel and the United States and, as we mourn his death, those bonds only grow stronger,” one senior administration official said of the call.
Several other Americans were injured in the incident, which was just one in a series of stabbings, shootings and vehicular attacks by Palestinian perpetrators that have plagued Israel in recent weeks.
US Secretary of State John Kerry also spoke with Schwartz’s parents, Ari and Ruth, on Monday. Kerry condemned all acts of terror against innocent civilians before his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Obama, the official continued, “condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that took his life.”
On Monday night, the New England Patriots held a moment of silence for Schwartz, prior to their game in which they defeated the Buffalo Bills 20-13.
“Ladies and gentlemen, in a month when the NFL salutes the service of our brave men and women in our armed services, we also pause to remember the many who have recently lost their lives in senseless terrorist attacks abroad.
“Last Thursday, this reality struck close to home, when 18-year old Ezra Schwartz, a native of Sharon, Massachusetts, was gunned down nearly 5,500 miles from home while studying abroad.
“At this time, we would like to honor Ezra Schwartz and hundreds of victims like him with a moment of silence,” the announcer told the thousands of people who filled the Foxborough, Massachusetts, stadium.
As he spoke, a photo of Ezra, was shown on the stadium’s large screens.
Schwartz, was one of three people killed at the
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