AEPi Fraternity Posthumously Inducts US Victim of Palestinian Terror Ezra Schwartz
JNS.org – Ezra Schwartz, a Massachusetts native who was murdered in a November 2015 Palestinian terror attack during his pre-college gap year in Israel, was posthumously inducted into the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) international Jewish fraternity on Sunday at New Jersey’s Rutgers University.
Schwartz, who was planning to attend Rutgers, was killed when terrorist Mohammed Abdel Basset al-Kharoub opened fire with an Uzi submachine gun on a line of vehicles sitting in traffic near the Gush Etzion Junction. 51-year-old Israeli teacher Yaakov Don and 24-year-old Palestinian resident of Hebron Shadi Arafa also died in the attack.
In a ceremony coinciding with Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and terror victims, Schwartz was inducted as an honorary member of the fraternity he never had the chance to join.
“It means a lot,” said his father Ari Schwartz, MyCentralJersey.com reported. “It really does. It seems like the entire world has reached out to us in order to support us through this tragedy. AEPi’s gesture today is another example of that. I very much appreciate the gesture of inducting me into AEPi as well.”
Ari Schwartz added that Ezra, who was accepted into the school’s business program, was excited to attend Rutgers because “he wanted a big school with a strong Hillel and a strong sports program,” and that the prospective student’s bond with Rutgers was “instantaneous.”
“That’s part of the reason why we feel so good about this permanent connection with Rutgers,” he said.