By Jordan Fabian
November 24, 2015
President Obama has called the parents of Ezra Schwartz, an American teenager killed last week in a Palestinian terrorist attack in the West Bank, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
Obama “offered his profound condolences and condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that took his life,” a senior administration official told JTA.
Schwartz, 18, was spending a gap year in Israel studying at a yeshiva, where Jews engage in religious study.
“It seemed that neither the president nor his senior aides appreciate how devastating this particular attack was to the American Jewish community – and their slow, and still insufficient, response proves that,” Nathan Diament, executive director of the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center said in a statement Tuesday after the White House publicized Obama’s call.
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