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Principal of teen killed in rocket strike: ‘A talented girl who wanted to change the world’

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Relatives walk out of the damaged home of Nadine, 16, and Khalil Awaad, a father and daughter who were killed by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, in their village of Dahmash, May 12, 2021. (AP Photos/Heidi Levine)
Relatives walk out of the damaged home of Nadine, 16, and Khalil Awaad, a father and daughter who were killed by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, in their village of Dahmash, May 12, 2021. (AP Photos/Heidi Levine)

The principal of the 16-year-old Arab Israeli teenager Nadine Awad, who was killed alongside her father in a Hamas rocket attack early this morning outside Lod, remembers her student as a “talented girl” who wanted to change the world.

“I know it sounds like a cliché and they always say that the best people are the ones who lose their lives, but Nadine really was a very, very special girl,” her principal Shirin Natur Hafi told the Reshet Bet radio station.

“She was in 10th grade, studying in the biology-chemistry track. She had dreams of changing the world. She was such a special girl, such a talented girl. She wanted to conquer the world,” Hafi said of her student.

According to Hafi, principal of Lod’s Ort school, Awad was involved in a number of science-related and social projects with Jewish schools in the area and with schools in America and planned to participate in a biomedical studies program through Petah Tikva’s Schneider Medical Center.

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