Israeli Military Razes Family Home of Palestinian Teen Murderer of a Mother of Six

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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 Israeli military said on Saturday its forces destroyed the family home of the Palestinian killer of Israeli mother of six Dafna Meir.

A military court convicted Marad Badr Abdallah Dayis, 16, in May, in the January stabbing death of Meir at her home in the settlement of Otniel, in an attack perpetrated in front of two of her children.

Israel's High Court of Justice approved plans to demolish the home in the West Bank village of Beit Amra, in the Hebron area, earlier this month, rejecting a petition by Dayis's family that they had had no involvement in the attack.

Justices Hanan Melcer, Uri Shoham and Anat Baron charged in their decision that while there was no evidence that the family knew about the murder plot beforehand, they had “closed their eyes” to what was happening.

Dayis was indicted in February when military prosecutors accused him of deciding to perpetrate the murder after watching videos on Facebook portraying Israeli soldiers as murderers who defile young Palestinian women.

He reached Otniel via a nearby riverbed and hid near Meir's home. After seeing two children from the window, he ran a few minutes afterwards toward the house and stabbed Meir in the stomach using a knife he had brought from his house. After a struggle, she collapsed and he fled the scene. 

The charge sheet says that Dayis then returned to his home where he washed the blood of his hands and sat to watch a movie with his family. He was arrested two days later.

Israel has resumed demolishing homes of Palestinian attackers since a wave of violence that began in October, after having earlier abandoned the practice. Human rights activists denounce the razings as collective punishment and Israeli commentators criticize it as counterproductive.

Yatta, the hometown of the two Palestinians who shot and killed four Israelis in Tel Aviv this week, is near the site of Saturday's house razing. The IDF has surrounded Yatta and sealed it as a closed miltary area since Wednesday's attack. Forces are preparing for furthers arrests and to interrogate the Tel Aviv attackers' family members. 

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