On January 17, Morad Adais, a fifteen-year-old Palestinian, entered the settlement of Otniel, and stabbed to death Dafna Meir, Hy’d, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of four and foster mother of two other children under five. Four of the children were in the house with here at the time of the stabbing, and were likely spared only because the diminutive woman fought so fiercely to protect them.
Dafna Meir was a nurse in the neuro-surgery department of Beersheba’s Soroko Hospital. Dr. Ahmed Nasser, a colleague in the department, described her as his “best friend” in the department. He spoke of how Meir was studying Arabic, as she told him, because “we are neighbors; we should speak in one language.”
Meir’s sheer goodness in taking foster children into her home, even her friendship with an Arab colleague, of course, meant nothing to her killer. All he sought was to kill a Jew, any Jew.