Karnei Shomron

Karnei Shomron (Hebrew: קַרְנֵי שׁוֹמְרוֹן, lit. "Rays of (light of) Samaria") is an Israeli settlement organized as a local council established in 1977 in the 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 2018 it had a population of 7,713.

Karnei Shomron

  • קַרְנֵי שׁוֹמְרוֹן
  • كرني شمرون
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259Qarnei Šomron
 • Also spelledQarne Shomron (official)
Karnei Shomron is located in the Northern 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
RegionWest Bank
DistrictJudea and Samaria Area
 • TypeLocal council
 • Head of MunicipalityYigal Lahav
 • Total7,179 dunams (7.179 km2 or 2.772 sq mi)
 • Total7,713
 • Density1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
View of Nahal Kana

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


According to ARIJ, Israel confiscated land from four nearby Palestinian villages of in order to construct Karnei Shomron:

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/Neve Oramin - established in 1991, 220 families
  • Alonei Shilo - established in 1999, 25 families

The town borders Wadi Qana, 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.[7] The Nahal Kana Wadi is administered by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and is defined as a Nature Reserve.[8]

Mitzpe Tzvaim; Midreshet Shilat, a midrasha for girls;[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

The chief rabbi of Karnei Shomron is Yitzhak HaLevy.[citation needed] Igal Lahav is the head of the Karnei Shomron Local Council.[9]

During the second intifada, on 16 February 2002, two people 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. Rachel Thaler, 16 died of her wounds on 27 February. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the attack.[10]

Notable residentsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Population in the Localities 2018" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  2. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  3. ^ Jinsafut Village Profile (including Al Funduq Locality), ARIJ, p. 17
  4. ^ Deir Istiya Town Profile, ARIJ, p. 17
  5. ^ Kafr Laqif Village Profile, 2013, ARIJ, pp. 17-18
  6. ^ Hajja village profile, ARIJ, p. 17
  7. ^ Green and pleasant land?, 2006
  8. ^ "Israel Nature and Parks Authority: Nahal Kana". Israel Nature and Parks Authority.
  9. ^ jinn@orijinn.net, Jinn. "קרני שומרון" (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  10. ^ "Karnei Shomron Mall suicide bombing", Wikipedia, 2019-05-10, retrieved 2019-07-01

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