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Teen bombing victim had U.S. roots

Keren Shatsky
Keren Shatsky  

(CNN) She was another kid loosed from home after Shabbat's end, spending time with friends and enjoying pizza at a local pizza restaurant.

Then a bomb went off, and Keren Shatsky, the child of immigrants from the United States, became another entry in an ever-growing list of victims in the escalating violence between Israel and the Palestinians. She was 14.

She and Nehemia Amar, 15, were attending a birthday party Saturday night at a pizza parlor at Karnei Shomron, a settlement on the West Bank, when an 18-year-old Palestinian terrorist detonated a bomb. She and Amar, along with the suicide bomber, were killed; 29 others were injured. It was the first time a suicide bomber had hit a Jewish settlement since the Al Aqsa Intifada began nearly 17 months ago.

Students at the teen's school were confused and stunned by the attack.

Mother of bombing victim recalls a 'ray of light' 

"She was one of the nicest people I ever met," Noa Roitman, a friend, told the Jerusalem Post. "She was friendly with everyone and always smiled. I didn't go to the mall on Saturday, and when I heard what happened I began wondering who had been wounded. Keren was the last person I thought anything would happen to."

Amar was buried Sunday; Shatsky's funeral took place Monday, giving her paternal grandparents enough time to depart the United States to attend the burial, Israeli officials said.

According to The Associated Press, the girl's mother, Chava, a teacher at Karnai Shomron, is a former English teacher from Maine. Her father Shabtai, a New York native, is an expert in high-tech equipment. The couple, whose U.S. residence was not known, emigrated from the United States in 1984 and moved to the West Bank settlement two years later. She was the youngest of six children.

Shatsky's burial Monday reminded mourners that life remains tense in Israel. It also reiterated some settlers' resolve to remain in a disputed land.

"If we stay in our homes crying, then we give the terrorists a victory," said Eliana Baron, 13, as quoted by the AP. "We have to go out, travel on the roads. We have to act like were not afraid, even though we are."


• Suicide bombing kills 2 Israelis
February 16, 2002

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