The father of Morad Bader Abdullah Adais, the 15-year-old Palestinian accused of stabbing mother-of-six Dafna Meir to death in her West Bank home on Sunday, said that had he been aware of his son’s actions, it’s “very possible” he would have turned him in to the Israeli authorities.
In an interview to Channel 2 television aired Tuesday, Abu Adham expressed concern about Israel’s plan to demolish his home in response to the deadly terror attack.
“Why should I be punished for what the kid did?” he asked.
Adais, arrested overnight Monday in his village near Hebron, is suspected of entering the 38-year-old Meir’s home in the Otniel settlement and killing her before fleeing the scene. Three of Meir’s children were home when she was killed, and one, 17-year-old Renana, gave security forces a description of the terrorist.
The father of the alleged terrorist also maintained that his son “had everything in life,” and had not acted suspiciously before the attack.
“He’s a little boy. Only 15, who learns in school. He doesn’t know what a Jew is. Never saw a Jew. Never dealt with a Jew, not at work or in anything else,” he said. “He acted naturally. Wasn’t afraid of anything. He acted completely normal. Like he acted his whole life, and because of that we weren’t suspicious and didn’t think anything of this kind (would happen).”
“He has everything in life.. He was happy. He has tons of clothes, food and drink. He has everything,” Abu Adham said.
He also fretted over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge on Tuesday that his home would be demolished as a result of the attack and his work permits revoked.
“Listen, they stopped my work [in Israel] and they’ll demolish my house, of course I… Why should I be punished for what the kid did?” he said. “It’s very possible that I would have turned him in myself, if I knew that he carried out an attack,” he told Channel 2.
The brother of Adais, who was not identified, told the TV station there was “no way” his brother had carried out the fatal attack. “Listen, he’s a little kid. You give him a bag of potato chips, and he jumps for joy. There is no way he would take a knife and try to… And even if I would say that he went and entered a settlement and managed to break through the fence, how would he get out of there?” (In fact, Otniel is not fenced in.)
Adais’s had father reportedly said earlier on Tuesday that he was “proud” of his son for carrying out the attack, according to the news site Walla, quoting Palestinian media outlets. He also said that the soldiers who arrested his son interrogated all members of the family.
However, speaking to Channel 2 on Tuesday, an uncle disputed that account. “No one here is proud of the murder,” he said.