November 15, 2019

Israeli Girl Killed in West Bank Bombing

Friends and relatives mourn during the funeral of Rina Shenrav who was killed earlier today by a Palestinian bomb near a settlement in the occupied West Bank, in the city of Lod, Israel August 23, 2019 REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Seventeen-year-old Rina Shnerb was killed in a West Bank bombing on Aug. 23; her brother and father were also wounded.

The bombing occurred while Shnerb and her father Eitan and brother Dvir, 19, were visiting the Bubin spring nearby the Dolev settlement and Modin city. Israeli authorities believe that the bomb was detonated through a remote control.

Eitan, a rabbi, attempted to revive his daughter at the scene and used his tzitzit to stop Dvir’s bleeding. Medics eventually arrived at the scene; Eitan and Dvir are currently hospitalized. Eitan is reportedly in moderate condition while Dvir is in serious condition. The search for the terrorists is ongoing.

The Israel Defense Forces noted in a tweet that Shnerb had recently turned 17 and Palestinians have been celebrating her death.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad both issued statements praising the terror attack as a “heroic” act of “resistance,” although neither claimed responsibility for the attack.

United States Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt tweeted, “Hamas praised 17 [year-old] Rina Shnerb’s murder by Palestinian terrorists. The PA [Palestinian Authority] must unequivocally condemn this attack & the recent murder of 18yo Dvir Sorek. If they don’t, donor countries should demand the PA answer for why their donor funds continue to be used to reward attacks.”

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon wrote a letter to the U.N. Security Council urging the international body to condemn the terror attack.

“The international community must join Israel in our struggle against terrorism; this is the most justified fight,” Danon wrote. “The international community needs to join it and condemn not only the murder but also the [PA’s] culture of incitement and salaries to murderers.”

StandWithUs noted in a Twitter video that the terror attack occurred 90 years after the same weekend as the 1929 Hebron massacre that resulted in 67 Jews dead.

Hundreds attended Shnerb’s funeral on Aug. 23. Eitan said from his hospital bed to funeral attendees, “We are trying to be strong here in the Land of Israel, the people of Israel, Rina believed in that. Our response to the murderers is that we are here and we are strong and we will prevail.”