Days before murder of Otniel mother of six: 'Sometimes it feels like Russian Roulette'

Before she was fatally stabbed in a terror attack in her home, Dafna Meir penned an article in her community's bulletin, describing the feelings of insecurity she said many Israeli citizens foster .

January 18, 2016 08:20
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Dafna Meir

Dafna Meir pictured with her husband Natan. (photo credit: FACEBOOK)


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A mere two days before Otniel resident Dafna Meir was killed Sunday in a stabbing attack at her home, the mother of six had penned an article in her community's weekend bulletin, describing the feelings of insecurity she said many Israeli citizens currently foster.

"Lately, I have had a lot of objections in light of the security situation, thoughts about what is necessary and what is unnecessary to do, about fears, about my husband and children," she wrote. "The situation is not easy and sometimes it feels like Russian Roulette."

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A funeral procession for the 38-year-old terror victim is set to embark from the West Bank settlement of Otniel at 9 a.m. Monday morning before arriving at 11 a.m. at Jerusalem’s Har Hamenuchot cemetery.

On Sunday evening, a Palestinian terrorist entered Meir's home and stabbed her to death in front of her teenage daughter. The eldest Meir daughter, Renana, fled upstairs with two of her younger siblings during the time of the attack and called their father.

Meir died after struggling with the terrorist, and acted to protect those of her children who were at home with her at the time. Security forces search for terrorist who killed Dafna Meir in Otniel on January 17, 2016

The attacker then fled the scene in the South Hebron Hills and remained at large.

Security forces as of Monday morning were continuing with an extensive manhunt for the terrorist responsible, seemingly a Palestinian who worked in construction in the settlement.

Police said they were checking whether the attacker worked in Otniel.

According to Channel 2, security forces have so-far arrested five Palestinians and were checking for any link to Monday's brutal attack.

The stabbing was the first time Palestinian terrorists have executed a fatal attack inside a settlement since March 2011 when five members of the Fogel family were stabbed to death in their home in Itamar.

“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 said Sunday.

Meir was a nurse at Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba. She is survived by her husband Natan and six children Renana, 17, Akiva, 15, Noa, 11, Ahava, 10, Yair, 6, Yaniv 4.

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