'He loved education, and loved his students'

Ya'akov Don, 49, from Alon Shevut named as one of three victims murdered in Gush Etzion shooting attack; son of Holocaust survivors.

Eliran Aharon, | updated: 21:13

Ya'akov Don
Ya'akov Don
Courtesy of the family

Ya'akov Don, a 49-year-old resident of Alon Shevut in Judea, has been named as one of three victims murdered in Thursday night's shooting attack in Gush Etzion.

Don was a married father of four, and was murdered by the gunfire from an Arab terrorist. An 18-year-old American student who was studying at a Beit Shemesh yeshiva was also murdered in the attack, as was a Palestinian Arab killed accidentally by the terrorists.

Ya'akov Don Courtesy

Don was born in Kiryat Ono to parents who survived the Holocaust. His father is an economics professor at Bar Ilan University.

Don served in the IDF's armored corps, is a graduate of Har Etzion Yeshiva, and likewise was a graduate student in educational technology at Haifa University.

His funeral will take place on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Kfar Etzion Cemetery.

The victim was an educator and social educational coordinator at the Derech Avot high school in Efrat, and was also a computing guide of the Education Ministry. He and his wife were previously teaching delegates in Toronto, Canada.

"Ya'akov was a man of education in all 248 of his organs," read a statement from Alon Shevut. "He loved education and more than anything loved his students. A man of education and smiles."

In the attack, seven other victims were wounded in the attack, and were evacuated to Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem.

The terrorist was apprehended by a Border Police officer, but was unharmed in the incident.

An initial investigation has revealed the terrorist arrived from Alon Shevut Junction and opened fire with an uzi sub-machine gun at a minibus carrying American tourists who came to visit Israel.

Afterwards, the terrorist continued to drive and opened fire on several other cars before crashing into another vehicle.

Video from the scene of the attack can be seen below.




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