Karnei Shomron

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Karnei Shomron
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • Hebrew קַרְנֵי שׁוֹמְרוֹן
 • ISO 259 Qarnei Šomron
 • Also spelled Qarne Shomron (official)
Official logo of Karnei Shomron
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Karnei Shomron is located in the West Bank
Karnei Shomron
Karnei Shomron
Coordinates: 32°10′17.75″N 35°5′51.72″E / 32.1715972°N 35.0977000°E / 32.1715972; 35.0977000Coordinates: 32°10′17.75″N 35°5′51.72″E / 32.1715972°N 35.0977000°E / 32.1715972; 35.0977000
Region West Bank
District Judea and Samaria Area
Founded 1977
Government
 • Type Local council
 • Head of Municipality Herzl Ben Ari
Area
 • Total 7,179 dunams (7.179 km2 or 2.772 sq mi)
Population (2012)[1]
 • Total 6,570
Website www.karneishomron.co.il
View of Nahal Kana

Karnei Shomron (Hebrew: קַרְנֵי שׁוֹמְרוֹן) (lit. "Rays of (light of) Samaria") is an Israeli settlement and town established in 1977 in the northwestern West Bank, east of Kfar Saba. Karnei Shomron is located 48 kilometres (30 mi) northeast of Tel Aviv and 85 kilometres (53 mi) north of Jerusalem. In 2012, the population of Karnei Shomron was 6,570.[1] The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[2]

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In 1991, several Israeli settlements were merged to become a single municipality called Karnei Shomron Local Council:

  • Karnei Shomron - established in 1977, 450 families
  • Ginot Shomron - established in 1984, 850 families
  • Neve Menachem - established in 1991, 220 families
  • Alonei Shilo - established in 1999, 25 families

The town borders Nahal Kana, a wadi marking the border between lands that are believed to have been the territory of the tribes of Efraim and Menashe in biblical times.[3] The Nahal Kana Wadi is administered by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and is defined as a Nature Reserve.[4]


Mitzpe Tzvaim; Midreshet Shilat, a midrasha for girls;[5] and Ramat Gil'ad are also part of Karnei Shomron. Neve Aliza is a religious neighborhood of American-style homes founded by new immigrants from the United States and Canada in 1985.[6]

The chief rabbi of Karnei Shomron is Rabbi Yitzhak HaLevy. Herzl Ben-Ari is the head of the Karnei Shomron Local Council.

On February 16, 2002, two teenagers were killed and 30 people were wounded, six seriously, when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a pizzeria in the Karnei Shomron (located in Ginot Shomron) shopping mall. A third teenager died of her wounds on February 27. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the attack.[7]

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