Palestinian teen convicted in brutal murder of Israeli mother of 6

Marcy Oster

The husband and children of Dafna Meir grieving at her funeral in Jerusalem the day after her stabbing death in the West Bank, Jan. 18, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)

The husband and children of Dafna Meir grieving at her funeral in Jerusalem the day after her stabbing death in the West Bank, Jan. 18, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian teen has been convicted in an Israeli military court in the brutal murder of Dafna Meir, a mother of six, in her West Bank home.

The Palestinian attacker, 16, was convicted of murder and illegal possession of a weapon on Monday in Judea Military Court, the IDF announced on Tuesday.

He was arrested two days after the Jan. 17 murder in Otniel and confessed to the killing during an interrogation, the Shin Bet security service said at the time of his arrest. He was indicted in February.

Meir, 38, was stabbed to death at the entranceway of her home while fighting off her attacker in what is believed to have been an attempt to save three of her children who were at home. She was the mother of four children and a foster mother of two young children. Her 17-year-old daughter was able to give security officials a description of the assailant, who ran off after he was unable to remove the knife from her body.

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The teen watched Palestinian television broadcasts that incited against Israel and said Israel was “killing young Palestinians” before he allegedly committed the crime, the Shin Bet said.

The teen returned home after the murder and spent the evening with his family watching a movie, the indictment said.

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