Heeding the exhortations of Muslim clerics.
“Terrorist on the Loose After Stabbing Israeli Woman to Death in West Bank,” by Chaim Levinson and Gili Cohen, Haaretz, January 17, 2016:
Israeli security forces are searching for a terrorist who stabbed an Israeli woman to death at her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel and fled on Sunday.
A manhunt is underway and security forces are searching the area using drones, helicopters and dogs.
The victim has been identifed as Dafna Meir, a 39-year-old mother of six.
Three of her children were at home at the time of the attack. She struggled with the terrorist at the entrance of the home until he fled. The Israel Police are conducting a widespread search in the area in the southern Hebron Hills. Police called on Otniel residents to remain inside their homes.
The army said it believes that the assailant has fled to the adjacent Palestinian village of Khirbet Crama. As a result, the IDF has set up roadblocks in the area and forces have entered the village.
Noam Bar, a Magen David Adom medic who was called to the murder scene said: “We found an unconscious woman about 40 years old, who was not breathing and had no pulse. She suffered from stab wounds to her upper body.” He added extensive resuscitation efforts failed, and the victim was declared dead.
IDF forces search for Palestinian attacker who killed Dafni Meir in settlement of Otniel
An Otniel resident who was near the attack said: “I sat a few dozen meters from the home. I heard a scream. I didn’t understand what was happening. I saw him (the terrorist) running, within two-three seconds he was down below. At first I didn’t understand what was happening… I didn’t see his face at all.”
Meir was survived by her husband, Nathan, and six children. Meir was a licensed nurse who specialized in various issues of gynecology and Jewish legal aspects. She ran a clinic in Otniel, and she was a nurse at Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva. She also ran a blog.
The head of the Hebron Hills Regional Council, Yohai Damari, said: “The woman defended with all her soul the three children who were home. Otniel has seen these kinds of incidents. Otniel is in deep mourning and is prepared for the coming ones. We will only grow from this despicable murder. Nothing will stop us.”…