The military prosecution on Monday filed an indictment against a Palestinian teen who allegedly murdered an Israeli woman in the West Bank settlement of Otniel last month in front of two of her children. Prosecutors said that after committing the brutal attack, the defendant returned home, washed the blood off his hands and proceeded to watch a movie with his family.
Dafna Meir, a 39-year-old mother of six, was stabbed to death on January 18. Meir tried to fight the assailant before collapsing.
On the afternoon of the attack, the defendant watched Facebook videos and other content presenting Israeli soldiers as murderers who defile young Palestinian women. According to the prosecution, after watching the videos the defendant decided to commit murder in order to "die a martyr's death."
The defendant then took a long knife from his family kitchen and set out "with the intention of killing Jews," according to the indictment. He crossed the valley between his home and Otniel and hid near the home of Meir, whom he saw through the window. Shortly thereafter he ran toward Meir and stabbed her in the stomach in front of her kids.
According to the indictment, the defendant fled and returned home the same way he came, washed the blood off his hands and sat down to watch a movie with his family.
He was arrested two days later.
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