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American yeshiva student killed in West Bank attack

Ezra Schwartz, the American yeshiva student killed in a West Bank shooting, was remembered as “a fun person to hang out with, very charismatic.”

Schwartz, 18, of Sharon, MA, was one of three people killed Thursday, Nov. 19, near the settlement of Alon Shvut. He reportedly was studying for a year at Yeshivat Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh.

He was a recent graduate of the Maimonides School in Brookline, MA, and had been a counselor at Camp Yavneh, a Jewish summer camp in Northwood, NH.

At least one attacker, reported to be a Palestinian, shot into a minivan full of people as well as another car near a traffic junction, then rammed his car into several other cars and bystanders, according to reports. One shooter reportedly exited his car and was shot and injured by security forces.

Schwartz, the second of five children, is the son of Ari and Ruth Schwartz. Geoffrey Cahr, a friend who knew Schwartz from camp, made the remark about him being fun and charismatic.

Arrest warrant issued in Spain for Netanyahu, other Israeli officials

A federal judge in Spain has issued arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other current and former top Israeli officials over the deaths of nine Turkish activists. Judge Jose de la Mata of the National Court reopened the case last week against officials who made up Israel’s Security Cabinet during the deadly raid on the Mavi Marmara ship in May 2010.

Along with Netanyahu, de la Mata ordered the arrest of Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, former Defense Minister Ehud Barak, former Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, and lawmakers Eli Yishai, Dan Meridor and Benny Begin if they enter Spanish territory.

“We consider it to be a provocation,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon told The Jerusalem Post. “We are working with the Spanish authorities to get it canceled.”

Nine Turkish passengers aboard the Mavi Marmara, including one dual U.S. citizen, were killed in clashes with Israeli commandos who had boarded the ship, which was trying to evade Israel’s maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip as part of a so-called Freedom Flotilla.

Israel Jewish, Arab birthrates about even

JERUSALEM — The birthrate of Jewish and Arab women in Israel is about even, according to new Israeli figures. Jewish women in Israel had a birthrate of 3.11 children and Arab women had a birthrate of 3.17 children at the end of 2014, according to a report by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics. released Tuesday, Nov. 17, ahead of World Children’s Day.

Slightly more than a decade ago, there was nearly a two-child gap in the birthrate, with Arab women at 4.3 compared to Jewish women at 2.6.

At a total of 2.74 million, children make up 33 percent of Israel’s population, according to the Bureau of Statistics. Some 1.945 million, or 71 percent, are Jewish and 713,000, or 26 percent, are Arab.

The statistics also found about 92 percent of all Israeli children live with two parents, and that most children in one-parent homes, or 93 percent, live with their mother.

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