Israeli troops on Saturday demolished the home of a Palestinian teen convicted of murdering an Israeli mother of six in the West Bank settlement of Otniel in January.
IDF forces, in cooperation with Border Police and Civil Administration officials, tore down the house belonging to the family of 16-year-old Morad Bader Abdullah Adais, who stabbed and killed Dafna Meir at the entrance to her home.
The house was located in the village of Yatta near Hebron, which is also home to the two terrorists who this week killed four people and wounded six others in a shooting spree at Tel Aviv’s Sarona open air mall.
The Palestinian Authority said it would fund the rebuilding of the home. Hamas called its demolition “a war crime.”
Later Saturday, members of the family placed a Palestinian flag on the ruins.
The killer’s mother said the destruction of the family home “only strengthens our determination and bolsters our pride.”
Adais has confessed to killing the 38-year-old Meir at her home.
The investigation indicated Adais waited for Meir to come out of her front door and then attacked her, “plunging the knife into her stomach.”
He then tried to retrieve the weapon in order to attack Meir’s children, who were inside, but Meir wrestled with the attacker and prevented him from doing so, forcing him to flee the scene.
Meir was critically wounded and later died of her injuries.
According to the charge sheet, after fleeing Otniel, Adais returned home, washed the blood off his arms and watched a movie with his family.
Meir, who had been adopted as a teenager, worked as a nurse in the neurosurgery department of Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba. She was also a premarital counselor for brides.
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.