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Israeli Mother Stabbed to Death in Front of Daughter in West Bank Home; Manhunt Underway for Escaped Palestinian Terrorist

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The knife used in one of many recent Palestinian stabbing attacks against Israelis. Photo: Magen David Adom.

The knife used in one of many recent Palestinian stabbing attacks against Israelis. Photo: Magen David Adom.

An Israeli woman was killed in a Palestinian stabbing attack at her home in the settlement of Otniel, south of Hebron, the Hebrew media reported Sunday evening.

According to initial reports, the assailant managed to enter a private house and murder 38-year-old Dafna Meir in front of her 15-year-old daughter, before fleeing. Three other of Meir’s six children were also at home at the time of the attack.

Magen David Adom paramedics who arrived at the scene shortly after the attack attempted to revive the woman, but to no avail.

Meanwhile, according to Israel’s Channel 2, as security forces continue to search the surrounding area for the terrorist — lighting the entire vicinity with flares — Otniel residents are being instructed to remain inside behind locked doors and windows.

The woman’s daughter, who witnessed the attack and its perpetrator, is providing a description for investigators.

The IDF is investigating a suspicion that the attacker was employed in the community, one member of whom is American-born Rabbi Yehuda Glick, an activist for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount.

Glick himself survived a terrorist attack. In October 2014, he was shot at point-blank range by a member of Islamic Jihad — who worked at the restaurant of the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem — after participating in a panel on the premises.

In the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s murder, Glick told Channel 2 that “since its establishment, Otniel has tried to live in peace with all its neighbors and maintain good relations with them. This is why there are quite a few Palestinian workers here.”

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  • Dov

    Dafna Meir Z”l , a 38-year-old mother of six, was murdered in her home in Otniel, reportedly stabbed to death defending three of her children from a Palestinian terrorist. She was a nurse at Soroka Hospital and this is her prayer as a nurse (Translation from Hebrew by IsraelNationalNews) :
    “May it be Your Will, Creator of the world, He Who manages it with mercy and loving kindness, to grant me the ability to give medications to Your people in need of salvation, and also to the members of other nations who are in the devoted care of your faithful messengers, who continue their holy work day and night, on the Sabbath and holidays, without letup.
    “Grant that I understand, remember and realize, that the medications are a gift from You, and their efficacy is Your message to us.
    “Grant that I view and feel joy at their beneficial influence of the medications I, mercifully, can give those who are ill.
    “Grant me the ability to concentrate when giving out these medicines, to understand the way each acts on disease.
    “Grant that I notice in time any of my errors or those of my colleagues when handing out medications, and that I act quickly to correct the errors before the medication enters the body of the patient.
    “Grant that I act with modesty, learn and teach others about the successes and failures in giving medication.
    “Grant that I give medications to the sick from a position of good health and that I remember to be grateful that I myself do not have to take them.
    “Grant that I learn to have empathy, although in good health, with the patient’s suffering and help him with all my ability every day and every hour, using the tools that You have given me.

  • Larry A. Singleton

    Yep, Algemeiner is deffinately into censorship. Bummer.

  • ART

    Hillary was very fast to denounce and ridicule Netanyahu for Israeli plans for Jewish homes yet she continues to be silent in the face of the continuing murder of Jews by Arabs. This time she can not even blame it on Obama. She can not even say she was busy since there have been over 20 murders. It shows her hatred towards Israel. Her adviser Sidney Bluementhal and Amb Thomas Pickering are her close advisers who are anti Israel

  • Zeev Fabian

    It is clear that all those murders commited by arab youngsters has nothing to do with the claims about occupied land. It is nothing more than arabic culture that has nothing to do with Islam. it goes back to arabic tribes of Arabia from thier 3000 thousands years of history. There is no doubt in my mind that this will continue after Palestinians have thier country, if they ever have.

  • I don’t understand why you will use enemy terminology – the ‘West Bank’ – when it robs you of your historical claim to Judea and Samaria. It’s particularly upsetting when you use it to report on the murder of a woman who was killed precisely because she believed that this was Judea and Samaria and NOT the ‘West Bank.’

    Use your heads please. This is your land. Call it by its proper name.

  • So sad again for the loss of a another Jewish life.

  • A Zionist

    It is outrageous that the British media fails to report when Jews are murdered.

    Watching Sky News this morning, they referred to the Pope visiting a synagogue in Rome (courtesy of Jerusalem Post), but failed to report this murder.

    Since both articles were headlined on the Front Page, Sky News deliberately chose NOT to report the brutal and cowardly murder of Dafna Meir, z”l.

    May her name be for a blessing.

  • I think it is beyond disgusting that the article included a picture of the bloody knife – totally beyond my understanding.

  • It is all nice and commendable that you want to live in peace and coexistence and giving them work, so now ask the rest who you employ to help in the capture of this terrorist.

  • Nick

    Why in the world would you call Otniel a ‘settlement’? Go all the way and say ‘settlement in the West Bank’.

  • The palestinian authority must accept failure as it lost control over gaza and leave its place to hamas so that at least israel can talk to the authority which has control over its population

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    Being slaughtered by Islamic monsters seems to be a personal inclination of suicidal Jews. Some, as in Otniel’s tragic case, allow such monsters to come in freely to their village.
    The immense cost in human lives that has been accrued since the nefarious Oslo betrayal, (Liel is not a lone wolf so to speak), is near or over 2000 “victims of peace” and tens of thousands maimed for life. The parties to that gruesome act of sabotage MUST face Jewish Justice, no exceptions.
    It is not that the people and purported government are unaware of the facts. I cannot accept that we are that stupid. What has been allowed to happen is that the Peresite cadre that produced many outright traitors, people users and worse, is still able to control radio and TV policy directions, still reign over many newspapers, they set up self elected courtiers, government “justice” structures, much of the police and virtually all the military policy making and command staff. No wonder that there is a “Jewish Sektion” and plainly sanctioned torturers from that origin.
    The current system of government must be taken down by free elections and a new structure voted in by the Jewish people. Pretending that the Islamic hordes will ever join in peace is surely going to lead us to ultimate disaster.

  • These PLO-led murders will continue until Israel annexes all of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. The PLO terrorist entity continues to incite young Arabs to murder Jews. The Arab-Israel conflict persists because the PLO terrorist entity deliberately denies the legitimacy of the Jewish State of Israel.

  • Linda Rivera

    Horrible. Horrifying.

    Glick: “Otniel has tried to live in peace with all its neighbors and maintain good relations with them. This is why there are quite a few Palestinian workers here.”

    Jews want to live in peace, maintain good relations and have Muslims workers.

    Please face reality. By having Muslim workers you are placing all Jewish families in great danger.

    The Quran teaches Muslims to perpetrate satanic atrocities, beheadings, crucifixions, kidnappings, rapes, gang rapes, tortures and mass barbaric murders of non-Muslims and

    seize non-Muslim females for sex slaves.

    Wherever there are Muslims, non-Muslims will never be safe. NEVER. Muslims can appear to be the nicest, sweetest, friendliest people on earth, but can be the COMPLETE OPPOSITE of who they appear to be. Muslims are taught from childhood how to DECEIVE in this manner.

    For my own safety, I never, and will never trust any Muslims because I know by trusting Muslims it can cost me my life.

    Since Mohammed started his Rape/Murder Blood Cult, hundreds of millions of non-Muslim innocents have been savagely slaughtered by Muslims OBEYING Quran commands.

  • ZG

    A prime example of biting the hand that feeds. When will well meaning Israelis learn
    That they are no much to Israel leftist, European and Muslim hate and deathly propaganda, with their own benevolent good deeds!!!

  • Ron Southart

    Such irrational hatred is to be pitied, but nevertheless, even though you employ them, feed them and treat their sicknesses, it won’t help. A rabid dog will bite you even while you are feeding it. These savages need to be banned from Israel and never allowed entry again, all of them.

  • Robert Paul

    Why is Algemeiner using the pejorative terms “West Bank” and “settlement” to describe this terrorist murder? Are you now going to describe the terrorists as “freedom” fighters?

  • Russell Mollot

    The knife was handled by an Arab Murder-bot; however, the responsibility lies squarely with the Prime Minister.

    • Yoda

      @Robert Paul. Your stupidity is definitely Bibi’s fault. Why stop the shmuck blame game there. Lets blame the prime minister for your parents giving birth to you.

      Who do you blame for the murders committed by Palestinian terrorists before Bibi was elected? Or was that before your time?

  • Eliyahu

    Otniel is in Judea not “West bank” [of Jordan]. Please do not use the dysphemistic neologisms of Israel’s enemies.