Terror victim’s husband urges adoption of special needs children
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Terror victim’s husband urges adoption of special needs children

In Facebook post, Natan Meir says couple’s son, now starting first grade, is the embodiment of ‘good incarnate’ in the face of terrible evil

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 husband of a woman murdered in a West Bank terror attack earlier this year has called on Israeli couples to consider adoption, relating his experiences with his 7-year-old boy who he calls a force of “good incarnate” in a year of grief and sorrow.

Nathan Meir’s wife Dafna was killed in a January stabbing attack when a Palestinian teenager repeatedly stabbed her at the entrance to her home in Otniel in the southern West Bank. The killer, 16-year-old Morad Bader Abdullah Adais, later said Meir struggled with him fiercely as three of her six children watched in horror.

One of the witnesses was the Meirs’ adopted son, who this week started the first grade.

In an impassioned Facebook post this week describing his emotional turmoil on his son’s first week of at a special needs school, Natan Meir said the boy was a source of joy in times of darkness.

“Yesterday I took this wonderful boy to mommy’s grave, for the first time since the murder that took place before his very eyes. The grave of a mother who chose him to be her son, and who in her final moments fought the terrorist and saved him,” he wrote.

His, son, he recounted, tried to move the gravestone and “didn’t understand why I wouldn’t help him…to get mommy out.

“I think God shed many tears yesterday. I did too. This child is so innocent. He just wants mommy to read him another story. So simple, yet so impossible.”

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)

Meir wrote that “Evil incarnate visited my home eight months ago. The evil of one terrible moment followed by a river of tears, pain and longing.
On the other hand, good incarnate is in my home. Every day, every hour.”

He finished with a call to hopeful parents to consider adoption.

“If you too seek love, take a child in. There are many children waiting for foster families who want a warm loving home. And if you want a whole lot of love, a whole whole lot, ask to take in a special child.”

 

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