Hundreds Attend Funeral of 17-year-old Israeli Girl Killed in West Bank Attack

Rina Shnerb, whose family runs a charity center that provides food and clothing to impoverished families, died when a bomb exploded at popular recreational site

Rina Shnerb's funeral in Lod, August 23, 2019.
Meged Gozani

17-year-old Rina Shnerb, who was killed when an explosive device detonated near the West Bank settlement of Dolev, was laid to rest in her hometown of Lod on Friday afternoon.

Rina was hiking with her father and brother, who were moderately and seriously wounded by the improvised explosive device.

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Rina Shnerb.

The explosion took place at a natural spring that is a popular tourist and recreational site, which is particularly crowded on weekends and holidays.

Shnerb attended a religious high school for girls in Lod, and was an instructor for the Bnei Akiva religious Zionist youth movement.

Her father, Eytan, is a rabbi and a father of 11 children. Rina's brother attends a religious school in the settlement of Eli in the West Bank.

Eytan called the rescue forces and was conscious when they arrived to the scene.  

The Shnerb family runs a charity center that provides clothes and food to hundreds of impoverished families. Due to Eytan's charity work in Lod, he was chosen to light a torch at Israel's 63th Independence Day ceremony.

"The smile and benevolence of Rabbi Eytan are well-known to many in our city," said a Lod municipality official.

During his reserve service in February as a battalion rabbi, Eytan identified two Palestinians carrying a knife near an army base adjacent to the settlement of Har Brakha in the West Bank. Army troops were called to the scene and apprehended the Palestinians.

Brig. Gen. Rafi Milo, the commander of Israel’s 91st Galilee Division awarded him a certificate of appreciation for his for his actions during the incident.

Na'ama Frank, a friend of the family, said that "Rina was a happy, sweet child. She was warm and welcoming with good energies. I now feel something is missing in the world."

Frank said "Eytan is a warm person, who is willing to give of himself to others at any given times. He invests in others with humility, simplicity and tremendous love."
 
The Israel Defense Forces set up checkpoints and launched manhunt for the suspects, whose identity remains unknown.

In addition, roads surrounding Ramallah in the West Bank were blocked. Social media posts called on business owners in the West Bank to dismantle cameras to make it more difficult for the army to capture the perpetrators.