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50 Palestinians shot as Israeli teen killed in explosion

Israeli occupation forces close a road in the area of the explosion which killed an Israeli teen on 23 August, near the Dolev settlement in the occupied West Bank. Hamza Shalash WAFA / APA images
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.

Israeli occupation forces set up checkpoints, blockading the area and deploying Israeli soldiers to search for suspects.

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.

Lawmakers to the right even of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded immediate annexation of the entire occupied West Bank.

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.

Member of religious Zionist group
The teen killed was a religious instructor at Bnei Akiva, a religious Zionist youth movement.

Rabbi Noam Perel, the secretary-general of the group, once called for turning the Israeli military into an army of avengers “which will not stop at 300 Philistine foreskins.”

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.”

 

_The Electronic Intifada.

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