Karnei Shomron

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Karnei Shomron
  • קַרְנֵי שׁוֹמְרוֹן
  • كرني شمرون
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259 Qarnei Šomron
 • Also spelled Qarne Shomron (official)
Official logo of Karnei Shomron
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
 • Type Local council
 • Head of Municipality Yigal Lahav
 • Total 7,179 dunams (7.179 km2 or 2.772 sq mi)
Population (2015)[1]
 • Total 6,905
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 2015 it had a population of 6,905.

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[2]


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 16 February 2002, two teenagers, 14-year-old Keren Shatsky and 14-year-old Nechemya Amar, 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, Rachel Thaler, 16 died of her wounds on 27 February. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the attack.[7]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Green and pleasant land?
  4. ^ "Israel Nature and Parks Authority: Nahal Kana". Israel Nature and Parks Authority. 
  5. ^ Midreshet Shilat seminary for young women
  6. ^ Neve Aliza
  7. ^ Israeli children - Victims of Palestinian Terrorism

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