Murder of 17-year old woman in West Bank

On this day in 2019, Israeli forces arrested three members of the terrorist group PFLP for the murder of a 17-year old woman hiking with her father and brother in the West Bank.

Israel’s occupation of the West Bank may be wrong, but killing a hiker is no solution.

I don’t know about you but I am getting tired of the whole Israel-Palestine issue. Getting tired? That was not very accurate to be wholly honest. I have been tired of it for decades, and this is the primary reason why I have never spent too much time following this intractable conflict.

I frankly don’t care who is right and who is wrong since both sides are simultaneously both right and wrong. The problem is that there are elements on either wing that are not really interested in finding a lasting solution to this longstanding conflict. And this includes terrorists and terrorist groups: yes there ARE Jewish terrorists as well, as I outlined in my latest book When Religion Kills.

What I find sad, however, is how the average Palestinian and the average Israeli suffers from the violence associated with this fundamental inability to get along. The high and mighty are not the ones injured and killed for the most part: the people just trying to make ends meet are.

When Religion Kills: How Extremists Justify Violence Through Faith (2019)

Christian fundamentalists. Hindu nationalists. Islamic jihadists. Buddhist militants. Jewish extremists. Members of these and other religious groups have committed horrific acts of terrorist violence in recent decades. Phil Gurski explores violent extremism across a broad range of the world’s major religions.

On this day in 2019

Today’s featured attack is a good example. A blast from a homemade bomb killed a 17-year-old Israeli female, who was hiking with her father (who was a rabbi) and brother, near the West Bank settlement of Dolev: her brother and father were wounded. Within weeks Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) and Border Police forces arrested the alleged terrorists who carried out the attack, said to be members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). They were also suspects in other terror attacks committed in the area.

Throughout the entire process we had full confidence in the security forces and we thank them for the effort invested in catching the killers. We call on the government to provide full security to every traveler and on the nation of Israel to continue to live, to travel and to add good throughout our land.

Shnerb family in response to the capture of the terrorists.

I am not sure what the killing of a 17-year old woman has to do with Palestinian ‘justice’. Maybe I just don’t get it. Then again, I have no intention of trying to understand the whole Israel-Palestine issue anyway.

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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