Troops demolish home of terrorist who murdered mother of six
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Troops demolish home of terrorist who murdered mother of six

Israel knocks down house of Morad Adais, 16, who in January stabbed Dafna Meir at her home in settlement of Otniel; PA says it will rebuild

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)

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.”

The mother of Palestinian terrorist Murad Idais holds a Palestinian flag as she stands in the rubble of their house after it was demolished by the IDF in the West Bank village of Yatta, south of Hebron, on June 11, 2016. Idais stabbed mother-of-six Dafna Meir to death in January (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)
The mother of Palestinian terrorist Murad Idais holds a Palestinian flag as she stands in the rubble of their house after it was demolished by the IDF in the West Bank village of Yatta, south of Hebron, on June 11, 2016. Idais stabbed mother-of-six Dafna Meir to death in January (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

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.”

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)

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.

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