Back in November I wrote about the sick Palestinian society that brainwashes its children. We had already witnessed several stabbing attacks where the perpetrators were children, some as young as 11!!
On Sunday, Dafna Meir Hy’d, an Israeli mother, nurse and women’s health advisor, was stabbed to death in her home in Otniel in front of the horrified eyes of her children by a Palestinian terrorist. The terrorist has now been caught (read on) and he is 15 (or 16) years old!
Dafna’s funeral was held yesterday morning with hundreds of people in attendance:
Efrat Dahan, a friend of Meir, eulogized her at the start of the procession in Otniel.
“What have we lost, an achot (nurse or sister in Hebrew – ed.) not only in her profession but in her heart and soul, my beloved Dafna, we met each other four years ago when I arrived in the town and I sat a while in the playground, we got to know each other and started to speak about the most personal things, it was so nice for me that we became good friends immediately and forever,” said Dahan.
“I was able to talk with you about everything, you knew so much.”
Aside from her four children Ranana (17), Ahava (10), Akiva (15) and Noa (11), as well as her two adopted children Yair (6) and Yaniv (4), Meir also leaves behind her grieving husband Natan.
Ranana, eulogizing her mother at the cemetery, said, “you left us with a great empty space. We won’t drink tea together. You won’t accompany me to the huppah (wedding canopy – ed.), to Bakum (the IDF enlistment base – ed.), to the birthing room. Sorry I couldn’t help you in the most difficult moments.”
Dafna’s husband Natan also eulogized her most movingly:
“Dear Father, I am not questioning you. Give me strength, be with me at our home, give us a sense of Your warm embrace, Your love.
“My Dafna is one in a million, one in a million who grew up in a house that wasn’t a home and still managed to recover and return kindness to the world. Dafna had a a great crown, a crown of truth. She was very honest, and as sharp as a razor. Not everyone liked it but everyone knew how to appreciate it, and this truth is now thrown to the ground and shattered. I ask everyone who comes here to raise up something that was cast down to the ground, so that truth may grow from the land.”
He concluded: “My Dafna, Thank you for every moment with you, and please forgive every moment in which I hurt you. Our great love is too much to pass away. Rest in peace and stand with all the dead of Israel until the end of time. Let us say Amen.”
Dafna’s murderer had escaped immediately after the attack and a huge manhunt was initiated. Last night the IDF, together with intelligence sources, located and arrested the vicious killer. And he is all of 15 years old!
The suspect was arrested following “extensive operational and intelligence efforts” on the part of the IDF and the Shin Bet security service in a village near Otniel, where he was hiding out, and was taken in for interrogation, the IDF said Tuesday morning.
He was named as Morad Bader Abdullah Adais, 16.
According to reports Tuesday morning, Adais did not possess a permit allowing him to work in Otniel, despite early assessments to the contrary. He reportedly confessed to carrying out the attack
And how did the proud father of this revolting specimen of humanity react? Was he ashamed of his son? Embarrassed? He was not!
Adais’s father said on Tuesday that he was “proud” of his son for carrying out the attack, the news site Walla quoted him as telling Palestinian media outlets. He also said that the soldiers who arrested his son interrogated all members of the family.
Yesterday another stabbing took place, this time in the community of Tekoa in Gush Etzion. Tekoa is famous for its late Rabbi, Menachem Froman z”l who was an enthusiastic peace activist despite being a “settler” and a religious Zionist Rabbi. The stabbing victim was Rabbi Forman’s pregnant daughter-in-law. Although seriously injured, thank G-d Michal Froman and her fetus are now out of danger. And the terrorist was… 15 years old!
The manager of the secondhand clothing store where a teenage Palestinian terrorist stabbed and moderately injured a pregnant woman in a West Bank settlement Monday said the attacker came in as a shopper before turning on his victim.
Michal Froman, a 30-year-old resident of Tekoa, was at the shop with her young children when she was stabbed, said Chani Gimpel, who was minding the clothing store at the time of the attack.
She said the attacker, later identified as Othman Muhammad Sha’alan, 15, came in shortly after 10 a.m., when she opened the store, in an industrial area on the edge of the settlement, southeast of Jerusalem.
Gimpel asked Sha’alan what he was doing at the store and backed away from him and told the other two women to do the same.
“I would have called someone, but my phone was behind the counter, and I couldn’t get to it right then,” she said.
The teenage assailant then pulled out a blade from his pocket and stabbed Froman in the back.
“As soon as it happened, we all started screaming hysterically. I think that’s what scared him off, because he ran away after stabbing her only once.”
Shortly after fleeing the scene, the 15-year-old stabber was shot by an armed civilian and taken to a hospital for treatment.
“It’s really a miracle that nobody was hurt worse,” Gimpel said, noting that her store usually is much busier later in the day with shoppers and volunteers.
“It really makes you feel powerless when something like that happens in your safe space,” added Gimpel.
“It’s hard for me to imagine why someone would attack pregnant women while they shop with their children.”
It’s not hard to imagine at all when you listen to and read the constant vicious incitement against Jews and against Israelis that floods Palestinian media, their society, and their mosques.
How many times can we say that theirs is a sick, sick society? How can we possibly be expected to make peace, or even simply negotiate in good faith, with people who are proud when their children go out to murder defenseless women, stab children, throw rocks and firebombs?
To those who would rush to defend, excuse or justify these child-killers with the pretext that they had a hard life, suffered deprivation or discrimination or whatever other grievance they can dig up – cry me a river.
Read this heart-breaking eulogy by Dafna Meir’s adoptive mother and compare and contrast the hardship of Dafna’s early life and how she turned it into an amazing, beautiful, productive life, with the pampered, brain-washing inciting childhood of these murderers:
Dafna was up for adoption at a young age after her biological parents were unable to raise her. Despite the hardships, “she managed to build herself up, build a home and turn herself into a kind and giving woman.”
“You came to us at the age of thirteen” said Atarah, “you were part of an institution in which each person had a family whom they could go to. But you didn’t have any uncles or grandparents. Nor did you have parents who could take care of you. I thought we could try to take you in.”
Their first meeting didn’t go as well as she would have hoped. A neglected Dafna refused to give her new adopted mother a hug. But gradually, she opened up.
“You apparently didn’t have a concept of what love was, of what a family was, a place where you can give and receive hugs. With time we got to know each other, you became our daughter and we were so happy that you were with us.”
Atarah told the crowd at the funeral what Dafna’s teenage years were like and about her decision to enlist in the IDF. She also told the crowd of her sudden decision to get married to Natan after knowing him for only a few weeks.
Atarah recounted how Dafna had made the decision to foster children at the same time that she decided to get married to Natan. “Dafna told us that when Natan had proposed she said she only had one condition, ‘no matter how many children we have, we will also foster children in addition to our own.’ And that is indeed what happened. They accepted Yaniv and Yair when they were three and the other was one and a half. It wasn’t simply to find an adoptive family that would accept two brothers together. The invested so much in both of those children and in the children of their own.”
“We lost little Dafna. Little Dafna from whom emerged a woman who knew how to give back to others.”
I want to bring to your attention an excellent article on this subject by Arnold and Frimet Roth, parents of Malki who was murdered in the Sbarro restaurant bombing in 2001, who run a blog (read it every day!) called This Ongoing War. Today’s article addresses this issue of child murderers – Children with knives and what they destroy:
The knife-wielding attacker who seriously wounded a pregnant Israeli woman in Tekoa yesterday is allegedly fifteen. Other recent Arab-on-Israeli knifers have been as young as 11. [See “11-Oct-15: Weaponizing children“.]
The Arab home front generally provides a reliable cover for fugitive killers of Jews, hence the need for expert undercover security people to go right inside those towns and villages and extract the alleged killers and terror-minded thugs who can be expected to otherwise remain clutched close to the nurturing bosom of Palestinian Arab society. As for outrage and condemnation, there may be some Palestinian Arab voices but no one hears them and they don’t get reported – assuming they exist.
The moral depravity that brings government officials and ordinary folk to stand with, instead of against, the wielders of kitchen knifes and axes is mirrored by the strategic silence of the world’s well-funded children’s rights industry – UNICEF, Defence for Children International, Human Rights Watch, UNESCO, Child Rights International Network, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Washington-based Jerusalem Fund, Save the Children, Arab Council for Childhood Development to name just a few donor-supported, PR-savvy entities who have seem to have collectively lost their voices, their senses and their moral compasses when it comes to what Palestinian Arab society is doing to their own children. And to ours.
(We no longer mention Amnesty International in that list. Amnesty’s increasingly explicit identification with the practitioners of the Palestinian Arab brand of terror makes plain their abandonment of principle and betrayal of their supporters’ values. There’s no longer anything to expect from them.)
Children with knives: it’s a phenomenon worth pondering as Red Hand Day, February 12 each year, approaches. So too is the choking silence that accompanies the devastation it brings. (If you visit the Red Hand Day website, notice that it is published in four languages but Arabic is not one of them.)
Given what a heavy toll the reality of killers-who-are-children exacts from Palestinian Arab society, it’s surely top of the list of matters to which the lavishly-funded editors of Ma’an News Agency will be turning their journalistic attention and moral fury today. Let’s just not stop breathing while we wait.
No other words are necessary.
May the memory of Dafna Meir Hy’d be for a blessing and may her family be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. I also send refuah shlema wishes to Michal Froman.