Teen given life in prison for ‘cold-blooded murder’ of Dafna Meir
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Teen given life in prison for ‘cold-blooded murder’ of Dafna Meir

Military court recommends that Palestinian who killed mother of 6 in West Bank attack never be released

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)

An IDF court on Wednesday sentenced 16-year-old Palestinian Morad Bader Abdullah Adais to life imprisonment and an NIS 1.75 million (about $458,500) fine for the January slaying of Israeli mother of six, Dafna Meir, in her West Bank home.

Meir was murdered by Adais as she painted the outside of her home in the Hebron-area settlement of Otniel on January 17. Three of her children were home at the time.

A statement from the IDF said the court found that Adais should never be set free, calling it the appropriate punishment for carrying out such a murder “with abnormal cruelty and in cold blood.”

The court recommended that any panel which considers the case in the future not grant him early parole.

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

Adais was arrested in the West Bank village of Beit Amra on January 19, two days after he killed Meir in the nearby Jewish settlement of Otniel and fled the scene. He confessed to the killing.

He was indicted in February on charges of murdering the 38-year-old mother of four and foster mother of two in the entryway to her home, located just south of Hebron. He was convicted in May for murder and illegal possession of a knife.

Prior to carrying out the deadly attack, Adais watched “Palestinian television broadcasts which portrayed Israel as ‘killing young Palestinians,’” a statement from the Shin Bet security agency said after he was captured.

“On the day of the murder, while under the influence of the programs he had been exposed to on Palestinian television, the minor decided to commit a stabbing attack with the goal of murdering a Jew,” the statement read.

During his interrogation, Adais described fighting with Meir as her children looked on in horror.

“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,” he said, according to a partial transcript of his interrogation released by the Shin Bet.

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.”

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

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 (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)

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.”

Meir, who had herself been adopted as a teenager, worked as a nurse in the neurosurgery department of Soroka Medical Center, Beersheba. She was also a premarital counselor for brides.

The attack came in the midst of a several-months-long wave of terror attacks that saw nearly three dozen Israelis killed and some 200 Palestinians. Israel says most of the Palestinians were killed while carrying out attacks.

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