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Dafna Meir fought back fiercely, her teen killer says

‘I stabbed her until I could no longer pull the knife out of her body,’ recalls Palestinian who killed Israeli mother of six

Tamar Pileggi is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Dafna Meir, left, with her husband Natan Meir in an undated picture posted on Facebook. (Screen capture: Facebook)
Dafna Meir, left, with her husband Natan Meir in an undated picture posted on Facebook. (Screen capture: Facebook)

The Palestinian teenager who killer Dafna Meir in a terror attack earlier this year told investigators the Israeli mother of six struggled fiercely until her last breath as he repeatedly stabbed her on the floor of her West Bank home with a butcher knife.

“She fought me,” 16-year-old Morad Bader Abdullah Adais said, according to quotes from his interrogation cleared for publication Sunday.

“I stabbed her until I could no longer pull the knife out of her body, and saw another woman approaching,” he said in his confession.

On the afternoon of January 17, Adais told Shin Bet investigators, he waited for Meir, 38, to come out of the front door of her Otniel home and then attacked her.

“I plunged the knife into her so deeply that most of it was inside her body,” he recalled.

“She started screaming, the children saw me and also started screaming, then I stabbed her in her upper body another three or four times. She tried to fight me and tried to take the knife from me. The two children who were there were still screaming, but she continued to resist, so I pushed her, and overpowered her.”

Morad Bader Abdullah Adais, arrested for the January 17, 2016 killing of Dafna Meir. (Courtesy)
Morad Bader Abdullah Adais, arrested for the January 17, 2016, killing of Dafna Meir. (Courtesy)

At the time of the attack, three of Meir’s children were home, and witnessed their mother’s killing. Her eldest, 17-year-old Renana, gave security forces a description of Adais, leading to his arrest at his home in a neighboring Palestinian village several hours later.

“She lay on her back inside the house. I tried to remove the knife from her body in order to keep stabbing her, but the knife was stuck in her body, so I ran away from Otniel the way I came,” he said.

When asked by investigators what he would have done had he been able to retrieve the knife from her body, Adais replied: “I would have continued stabbing her, and if I saw another Jew I would stab and murder him.”

He said he didn’t stab the Meir children because “it’s forbidden by religion.”

Once he arrived home, Adais said, “I didn’t tell my family or anyone else that I carried out the attack, and I went to sleep. I didn’t leave the house until they arrested me.”

The teen also told investigators he decided to carry out the attack after watching a Palestinian television show in which a Palestinian girl is seen arrested for refusing to comply with an order by Israeli soldiers to strip.

“I couldn’t handle this, more humiliation and shame for the Palestinians,” he said. “I decided to take revenge on behalf of the girls who are humiliated by soldiers and kill Jews with a knife. I took a knife with a 20-centimeter blade, used to cut meat, from the kitchen, and I decided to carry out the attack in the settlement of Otniel because it was the closest.”

The husband and children (C) of stabbing attack victim Dafna Meir mourn in front of her wrapped body during her funeral ceremony in the settlement of Otniel in the southern West Bank on January 18, 2016 (AFP / MENAHEM KAHANA)
The husband and children (center) of stabbing attack victim Dafna Meir mourn in front of her wrapped body during her funeral ceremony in the settlement of Otniel in the southern West Bank on January 18, 2016 (AFP/Menahem Kahana)

When asked by the investigator what he would do if allowed to go free, Adais said: “I would go Al-Aqsa mosque, even if I was killed, and on the way I would kill as many Zionist Jews as I could.”

Earlier in June, Israeli security forces demolished the Adais family home in the village of Yatta near Hebron, as punishment for the killing.

Members of the family placed a Palestinian flag on the ruins, as Adais’s mother said the destruction of the family home “only strengthens our determination and bolsters our pride.”

Marissa Newman contributed to this report.

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