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Israeli teenager killed by bomb near settlement: Israeli officials

By Ali Sawafta

 

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Israeli forces gather at the scene of an attack near the Jewish settlement of Dolev in the Israeli-occupied West Bank August 23, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

 

DEIR IBZI', West Bank (Reuters) - An Israeli teenager was killed and her father and brother were injured by a Palestinian bomb near a settlement in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Israeli officials said.

 

The family were visiting a spring in a popular hiking area when an improvised explosive device (IED) blew up, the Israeli military and paramedics said.

 

The military said it was being treated as a terrorist attack. It was not immediately clear if the device had been planted in advance or thrown.

 

Israel's Magen David Adom ambulance service confirmed that 17-year-old Rina Shnerb had died at the scene and said her father and brother - named by Israeli media as Rabbi David Eitan, 46, and 21-year-old Dvir - were in serious condition.

 

A large crowd of mourners gathered later on Friday for the teenager's funeral in her home town of Lod, where her body was covered in a white shroud adorned with the Star of David.

 

"This is insane, everything that’s happening here. I still can’t believe it," said Shnerb's sister Tamar. "Only yesterday you were here, joyful as always, you were happy and made everyone happy, as you always do."

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent condolences to the family, and said security forces were pursuing the attackers.

 

"The long arm of Israel reaches all those who seek our lives," Netanyahu said in a statement, adding: "We will continue to strengthen settlement. We will deepen our roots and strike at our enemies."

 

The hilly central region of the West Bank around the settlement of Dolev lies northwest of the Palestinian city of Ramallah, and is studded with olive groves and orchards.

 

The area saw clashes last year between Palestinians and Israelis, as Palestinian villagers complained that settlers were trying to take over land, including water sources.

 

On Friday morning, the Israeli military quickly cordoned off the area around the Ein Bobin spring near the Palestinian village of Deir Ibzi' while soldiers set up checkpoints on roads and searched the area.

 

An Israeli student, Danny Gonen, was killed at the same spring in 2015 in an attack claimed by a group that said it was affiliated with the Islamist group Hamas.

 

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh praised the latest attack but did not claim responsibility for it, warning Israel not to "assault our Jerusalem and our sacred sites".

 

In a speech in Gaza he said: "I bless this operation and I greet the hands of those who executed it. I pray for God to protect those who stood behind it. Regardless of who they are, they are Palestinians."

 

David Friedman, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, tweeted that he was "heartbroken and outraged". President Donald Trump's envoy, Jason Greenblatt, urged the Palestinian Authority to "unequivocally condemn" the attack.

 

(Additional reporting by Stephen Farrell in Jerusalem and Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza; Editing by William Maclean and Kevin Liffey)

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-08-24

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Is there really no way out of this vicious circle of violence ...?

A solution would require compromises on both sides .

There seems to be no will for that , so what ...? The fighting and hate will never stop ... Sad .

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36 minutes ago, OneMoreFarang said:

If the Israeli teenager wouldn't have been in an illegal Israeli settlement then she would still be alive.

No settlements -no problems!

Let me make it easier for you, if there was no Israel, then Arabs would be very happy, so why stop at 1 civilian? better do something bigger to wipe out as many as possible 

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2 hours ago, dexterm said:

You falsely imply that there is some sort of moral/power/responsibilty equivalence between the two sides.

 

Israel is the illegal occupier and invader not the Palestinians.
Israel has the massive military might not the Palestinians.

 

Note that on the same day that this tragedy occurred, Israel injured 100 Palestinians, 50 with live rounds.

 

Until the 52 year old illegal occupation of 4.5 million indigenous Palestinians ends in a just one or two state solution, these incidents will continue.

So it is Israels fault Palestinians could not organise into a country or an army?

 

Or perhaps Israels fault for starting 3 wars?

 

No need to answer, was a rhetorical question, i am well aware of the answers to come

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3 minutes ago, OneMoreFarang said:

How about this: How would Israelis behave is the USA wouldn't give them military hardware for billions of dollars every single year? How would they behave if the USA wouldn't agree to everything they want?

I am sure without that support Israelis and especially Israeli politicians would have a lot more motivation to live peacefully with their neighbors.

I know Israelis are only part of this conflict, the others are not all nice and friendly people. But looking at the military power the situation is completely one-sided. And as long as they have all that military power they have little incentive to be cooperative.

Same way as Arabs who attacked from all fronts by huge armies 3 times?

 

Anyone stopped Arabs from giving military hardware and billions of dollars every year to Palestinians?

 

Last time i checked, when US stopped its aid to Palestinians, they were starving and not a single Arab brother was willing to take Americans place to provide same amount of aid.

 

Funny that, is not it?!

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38 minutes ago, OneMoreFarang said:

So what's your point?

Do you want to tell us that Israeli Arabs occupy the illegal settlements?

What was your point?

 

over 20% of israel population are Arabs taking jobs and housing, and its ok? totally acceptable, yet a jewish kid goes camping and you find it justified to have him killed.

 

So what was your point again? How about Israel evicts all Arabs and gives back the disputed lands? Let you make a  guess if the  2 million arabs would be ok with it? 

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Just now, dexterm said:

>>may be one day Arabs will accept Israel is here to stay

They do recognise Israel's right to exist within the 1967 borders.

The PLO did so in 1988 and confirmed it in writing in the Oslo Accords 1993.

"How Many Times Must the Palestinians Recognize Israel?
Netanyahu’s new 'Jewish state' mantra negates the fact that Palestinians recognized Israel more than twenty years ago. They’re still waiting for Israel to recognize Palestine."
http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.579701

 

It's when Israel illegally grabs even more land in the occupied territories displacing the indigenous Palestinian population that is perpetuating the current situation where incidents of resistance like the OP arise.

Kind of them to recognize it. Did they start to recognize it in 1967? before during or after the 6 days war or recognition kicked in, in 1973? or perhaps during the war of attrition which ended in 1970? Or perhaps recognition came during Palestinian insurgency into South Lebanon from 1971-1982?

 

So tell me again what they recognize and when?

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1 hour ago, OneMoreFarang said:

If the Israeli teenager wouldn't have been in an illegal Israeli settlement then she would still be alive.

No settlements -no problems!

 

Since the position you've aired on past topics is pretty much against Israel's existence, doubt your words could be taken as anything remotely objective.

 

The Israeli teenager did not choose to live there, same way like most teenagers. You want to blame the parents, that's another story.

 

As for "no settlements - no problems" - Palestinian terrorism and violence predate the first illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Similarly, such attack aren't confined solely to the West Bank, and the same goes for those targeted. Moreover, there are not such illegal settlements in the Gaza Strip - but plenty of violence notwithstanding.

 

The illegal Israeli settlements are certainly a major issue, but the conflict managed just fine without them. Saying it's all about the illegal settlements is either uninformed or misleading.

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