An Israeli teen was killed and her father and brother were injured in an explosion near the Jewish settlement of Dolev northwest of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday.
The same day, Israeli occupation forces injured more than 100 Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip, 50 of them with live bullets.
The teen was identified as 17-year-old Rina Shnerb, who was declared dead at the scene, according to Israeli daily Haaretz.
Her death brings to nine the number of Israelis killed in conflict-related violence since the start of the year.
In the same period, Israeli occupation forces and armed settlers have killed almost 90 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Shnerb’s father, 46, and her brother, 21, were both transferred to the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem for emergency treatment. The father’s condition is stable while the brother is on life support.
The Israeli army claimed an “improvised explosive device” was either hurled at the family or was already present in the area where the family was hiking, but ruled out the possibility that it was thrown from a moving vehicle.
Israel typically imposes harsh collective punishment measures on Palestinians following such incidents.
Pressure for revenge will likely be even greater than usual as Israel is in the midst of an election campaign.
Avigdor Lieberman, the former defense minister and a rival of the Israeli prime minister, claimed the attack was a result of Netanyahu’s “policies of surrender.”
The identity of the suspect remains unknown, but Israeli and American officials and propagandists immediately began blaming Palestinians:Pro-Israel lobbyist Arsen Ostrovsky used the death of Shnerb to single out US congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, demanding a condemnation: Dov Lipman, former member of the Israeli parliament, also used the teen’s death to attack progressive Jewish group IfNotNow, co-director of antiwar group CODEPINK, Ariel Gold, and congresswomen Tlaib, Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt called on the Palestinian Authority to condemn the attack. Yair Netanyahu, the son of Israeli prime minister, used the occasion to attack the European Union for funding the Palestinian Authority, which he claims pays money to “terrorists.” The younger Netanyahu seemed oblivious to the fact that just a day earlier his father’s government had agreed to transfer $560 million in withheld tax funds to the PA.
Despite the anti-PA rhetoric from Israeli leaders and propagandists, Israel remains dependent on “security coordination” with the Mahmoud Abbas-led Palestinian Authority to help maintain the occupation.
As The Times of Israel noted following one Israeli minister’s call Friday to dismantle the Palestinian Authority, “the PA has been working in coordination with the [Israeli army] to try to thwart terror attacks.”
Member of religious Zionist group
The teen killed was a religious instructor at Bnei Akiva, a religious Zionist youth movement.
Palestinian resistance organization Hamas lauded what it perceived as an act of “resistance.”
“The crimes of the occupation and its arrogance against our people, our land and our holy places will not pass without retaliation,” the group stated.
It did not, however, take credit for the attack.
Paramedics injured in Gaza
Meanwhile, Israeli snipers opened fire on Palestinian protesters and paramedics near the Israel-Gaza boundary fence on Friday.
More than 100 Palestinians were injured, some 50 of them by live fire.
They included three paramedics shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, according to Gaza’s health ministry.
Friday marked the 71st week of the Great March of Return protests calling for an end to Israel’s siege and demanding that Palestinian refugees be allowed to exercise their right to return.
This comes less than a week after an unnamed senior Israeli government official revealed that Israel is actively encouraging and ready to facilitate mass emigration of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip.
Two million Palestinians live in the tiny territory, two-thirds of them refugees from towns and villages in what is now Israel. Israel does not allow Palestinian refugees to return to their homes because they are not Jews.
Since the beginning of the month, nine Palestinians Israel claims were armed have been killed in incidents along the Israel-Gaza boundary fence according to the UN monitoring group OCHA.
Palestinian resistance factions warned last week that Gaza was “a volcano that is about to erupt” and that “Israel is continuing to play with fire.”
Ali Abunimah contributed reporting.
- Benjamin Netanyahu
- Yair Netanyahu
- Dolev settlement
- Rashida Tlaib
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
- Ilhan Omar
- Hadassah Medical Center
- Rina Shnerb
- Avigdor Lieberman
- Arsen Ostrovsky
- Dov Lipman
- Ariel Gold
- Jason Greenblatt
- Palestinian Authority
- European Union
- The Times of Israel
- Bnei Akiva
- Noam Perel
- Great March of Return
- attacks on paramedics