Grief in Israel for an American teenager killed in a shooting incident in the occupied West Bank. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Mourning services were held in Israel on Saturday (November 21) for a U.S. citizen who was killed in a shooting incident on Thursday in the occupied West Bank along with two others, an Israeli and a Palestinian. The American was identified as Ezra Schwartz, 18, who was studying in Israel, according to a Facebook post by the American Jewish Committee. The Boston affiliate of CBS news said Schwartz was from Sharon, Massachusetts. In the attack, near the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, a Palestinian attacker drove along the shoulder of the main road and shot at crawling traffic, killing the three and wounding others, a police commander said. The attack brought to 18 the number of Israelis and others who have died, along with 80 Palestinians, in a wave of violence over the past seven weeks. Police say 49 of the 80 Palestinians killed in recent weeks died at the scene of attacks on Israelis and most of the rest died in violent protests in the occupied West Bank and near the Gaza border. Palestinian allegations that Israel was trying to alter the religious status quo at a Jerusalem holy site, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, where the al-Aqsa mosque stands, and to Jews as Temple Mount, have partly fueled the violence. Non-Muslim prayer is banned around al-Aqsa and Israel has said it will not change that. But more visits in recent years by Jewish religious activists and ultra-nationalist Israeli politicians to the complex, where two biblical temples once stood, have done little to convince the Palestinians.