Shin Bet: Incitement on Palestinian TV Spured Killer of Israeli Woman

West Bank teen decided to murder Dafna Meir after seeing Israel portrayed as 'killer of Palestinian youths' on TV, security service says.

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An Israeli soldier guards near the Jewish settlement of Otniel in the West Bank January 17, 2016, after a female resident of the settlement was stabbed to death.
An Israeli soldier guards near the Jewish settlement of Otniel in the West Bank January 17, 2016, after a female resident of the settlement was stabbed to death.Credit: Reuters
Gili Cohen
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A Palestinian teen suspected of stabbing Dafna Meir to death in the settlement of Otniel last week was moved to carry out the attack by incitement on Palestinian television, the Shin Bet said Sunday.

According to the Shin Bet, the 15-year-old, a resident of the village of Beit Amra in the south Hebron Hills, was exposed to televised content which presented Israel as "the killer of Palestinian youngsters."

On the day of the attack, influenced by these messages, the teen decided to kill an Israeli Jew, said the Shin Bet. "The severe consequences of the attack show once more the seriousness of the threat posed by the Palestinian media's wild incitement against the State of Israel and Jews., which influences lone-wolf attackers to commit murder and carry out serious terror attacks," said the Shin Bet.

The suspect was arrested by forces from the IDF's elite Duvdevan undercover unit last Monday, before being transferred to the Shin Bet for questioning.

The suspect's father, told Haaretz last week that he was a quiet child and that he had sensed no change in his behavior before the attack. "I do not agree with this," he said in regards to the attack his son allegedly committed. "If I would have known I would have prevented this and even handed him in. I hope it turns out he is innocent." He also expressed concern that the family's home would be demolished. “Why should I be punished for what the kid did?” Defense Minister Ya'alon said the boy went on the attack after falling out with his father and deciding to either day a martyr or get arrested and be sent to jail.

Dafna Meir, 39, tried to fight off the attacker but was killed at the entrance to her home in Otniel, south of Hebron, before the assailant fled. Three of her children were home at the time, but were not injured.

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