A mother of six was the victim of a brutal terror attack Sunday – the 28th fatality since the upsurge of Palestinian violence that began mid-September.
The 38-year-old woman brutally slaughtered in her own home in Judea late Sunday afternoon was identified as Dafna Meir, a mother of six, including two foster children, ages 4 to 17.
Meir was also a dedicated nurse at Soroka University Medical Center in Be’er Sheba.
“In the name of all Israelis, I want to give strength to all the children of the family. All of us are hurting and share in the painful grief. We will find the terrorist, and he will pay the full price for this heinous murder,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on his Facebook page.
The Palestinian terrorist broke into her home and stabbed her to death in the presence of one of the children; two others were at home as well. First responders tried in vain to save her life.
“It was a difficult sight,” said Noam Bar, a senior Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedic. “We saw a woman, about 40 years old, unconscious, not breathing and without a pulse. She had penetration wounds in her upper body. We performed prolonged resuscitation attempts.”
The terrorist was an employee in the small Jewish community and this enabled him to enter Otniel and carry out the barbaric attack.
The funeral will take place Monday morning at Har Hamenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem.
As of Sunday night, the search is still continuing for the terrorist. The community remains in lockdown.
“We will not rest until we settle accounts with the terrorist, wherever he is,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon declared. “Today’s murder at Otniel teaches us yet again what a cruel enemy we are up against.”