Patriots hold moment of silence for fan killed in West Bank

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, center, and others observe a moment of silence for Ezra Schwartz, who was killed in the West Bank last week, before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots observed a moment of silence for an 18-year-old fan who was killed in the West Bank while studying in Israel.

Ezra Schwartz, of nearby Sharon, was among three people killed on Thursday. The Israeli military said a Palestinian motorist intentionally rammed his vehicle into a group of pedestrians.

According to The Jerusalem Post, a member of the Israeli parliament wrote Patriots owner Robert Kraft asking the team to do something in Schwartz’s memory. The newspaper quoted lawmaker Dov Lipman as saying Schwartz was buried with an Israeli flag and a Patriots jersey.

Kraft has been an active supporter of Israel. He took a group of NFL Hall of Famers there this summer.

The public address announcer asked fans at Monday night’s game against the Buffalo Bills to stand and honor Schwartz “and the hundreds of others like him.”

The attacks are part of a wave of violence that began in September over tensions surrounding a Jerusalem holy site sacred to Jews and Muslims.
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