Israeli High Court Okays Demolition of Home of Palestinian Who Killed Mother of Six

The 16-year-old who confessed to killing Dafna Meir reportedly said he wanted to murder and ‘die a martyrs’ death.’

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The victim of a January 2016 stabbing attack: Dafna Meir, 39, a mother of six from Otniel.
The victim of a January 2016 stabbing attack: Dafna Meir, 39, a mother of six from Otniel.Credit: Courtesy

The High Court of Justice has approved the demolition of the home of the 16-year-old who has confessed to murdering Dafna Meir, a nurse and mother of six was stabbed to death at her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel in January.

Supreme Court justices Hanan Melcer, Uri Shoham and Anat Baron rejected the petition by the family, saying that while no evidence existed that the family knew of their son’s intention to carry out the attack, they “closed their eyes” to what was happening.

The demolition will be carried out in about 10 days if no request is filed for an additional hearing.

The 16-year-old from the village of Beit Amra in the West Bank was indicted in February. On the afternoon of the attack, the defendant watched videos on Facebook and elsewhere portraying Israeli soldiers as murderers who defile young Palestinian women, military prosecutors say.

They say that after watching the videos the teen decided to commit murder and “die a martyr’s death.”

The day the indictment was filed, the family was informed that the military planned to demolish their home.

They petitioned the High Court against the decision to leave the parents and their four children homeless. The parents said they did not know of their son’s intentions to carry out the attack, and his father added that if he had known it was very possible he would have turned his son in to the police.