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Jerusalem - Hundreds Attend Funeral Of Terror Victim Mother Of Six Dafna Meir, Remembered As “One In A Million”

Published on: January 18, 2016 09:42 AM
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The husband and daughters of Dafna Meir, 38, mourn during her funeral at a cemetery in Jerusalem January 18, 2016. Meir, a female resident of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Otniel, was stabbed to death in her home on Sunday when an assailant broke into her house and attacked her, the Israeli army and a local settlement official said. REUTERS/Ronen ZvulunThe husband and daughters of Dafna Meir, 38, mourn during her funeral at a cemetery in Jerusalem January 18, 2016. Meir, a female resident of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Otniel, was stabbed to death in her home on Sunday when an assailant broke into her house and attacked her, the Israeli army and a local settlement official said. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Jerusalem - The Israeli nurse who was stabbed to death in front of her West Bank home was poignantly eulogized this morning by her husband, who thanked her for the six children they shared and praised her for her kindness and honesty.

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As previously reported on VIN News, Dafna Meir was killed Sunday night by a terrorist who stabbed her repeatedly at the entrance to her home, the first terror attack to take place inside a settlement since the brutal murders of the Fogel family almost five years ago.

Mrs. Meir had been outside painting her front door, when she was attacked by a knife-wielding terrorist.  According to Arutz Sheva reports, the 39 year old woman fought valiantly to prevent her assailant from entering her home and attacking her three daughters, who saw their mother being murdered from inside the house.

Natan Meir spoke briefly but eloquently, describing how he and his wife had met as soldiers on the Lebanese border, connecting almost instantly.

“It took us a moment to fall in love,” said Meir.  “It took you a moment.  I said to you then, ‘Welcome.’ I say to you now ‘Farewell.’  We are only thankful for every moment we had with you. You left me with six treasures. I will watch over them for you.”

The Meirs had four biological children, 17 year old Ranana, 15 year old Akiva, 11 year old Noa and 10 year old Ahava.  The couple also shared two adopted children, 6 year old Yair and 4 year old Yaniv.

Natan Meir noted that his wife left her indelible imprint on each of their children and publicly declared his emunah in Hashem despite his wife’s horrific murder.

“Dear Father, I have no second thoughts about you at all,” said Meir. “Give us strength, be present at our home, let us feel your warm embrace, your love.”

The husband and children of Dafna Meir, 38, walk together upon their arrival to her funeral ceremony in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Otniel January 18, 2016. ReutersThe husband and children of Dafna Meir, 38, walk together upon their arrival to her funeral ceremony in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Otniel January 18, 2016. Reuters

Meir spoke about his wife’s strength and resilience, noting how she triumphed over a troubled childhood, going on to lavish kindness on those around her and describing her as “one in a million.”

“Dafna had a large crown, the crown of truth,” said Meir.  “She was very honest, as accurate as a razor.  Not everyone liked that but everyone was able to appreciate it and this truth has now been thrown to the ground.  It has burst in to smithereens.  I request that everyone who came out here pick up something from the light that was spilled on the ground, so that the truth may spring from the earth.”

Meir ended his eulogy with emotional words to his wife before reciting a tearful kaddish with his son Akiva.

“My dear Dafna’le, thank you for every moment with you and please forgive me for every moment in which I hurt you,” said Meir. “Our love is too great to be a passing thing. Rest in peace and stand in eternity with all of the departed of Israel.”

The oldest of the Meir children spoke at the burial on Har Hamenuchos, describing the milestone moments that she would never be able to share with her mother.

“You left us with a great empty space,” said Ranana Meir.  “We won’t drink tea together.  You won’t accompany me to the chupah ... to the birthing room.  I am sorry I couldn’t help you in the most difficult moments.”

Family and friends surround the body of Dafna Meir, 38, during her funeral at a cemetery in Jerusalem January 18, 2016. Meir, a female resident of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Otniel, was stabbed to death in her home on Sunday when an assailant broke into her house and attacked her, the Israeli army and a local settlement official said.  (Credit: REUTERS)Family and friends surround the body of Dafna Meir, 38, during her funeral at a cemetery in Jerusalem January 18, 2016. Meir, a female resident of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Otniel, was stabbed to death in her home on Sunday when an assailant broke into her house and attacked her, the Israeli army and a local settlement official said.  (Credit: REUTERS)
An Israeli man looks through the window of a van carrying the body of Dafna Meir, 38, during her funeral ceremony in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Otniel January 18, 2016. Meir, a female resident of the Otniel settlement, was stabbed to death in her home on Sunday when an assailant broke into her house and attacked her, the Israeli army and a local settlement official said.  (Credit: REUTERS)An Israeli man looks through the window of a van carrying the body of Dafna Meir, 38, during her funeral ceremony in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Otniel January 18, 2016. Meir, a female resident of the Otniel settlement, was stabbed to death in her home on Sunday when an assailant broke into her house and attacked her, the Israeli army and a local settlement official said.  (Credit: REUTERS)
The husband and children of Dafna Meir, 38, mourn during her funeral ceremony in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Otniel January 18, 2016. Meir, a female resident of Otniel, was stabbed to death in her home on Sunday when an assailant broke into her house and attacked her, the Israeli army and a local settlement official said.  (Credit: REUTERS)The husband and children of Dafna Meir, 38, mourn during her funeral ceremony in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Otniel January 18, 2016. Meir, a female resident of Otniel, was stabbed to death in her home on Sunday when an assailant broke into her house and attacked her, the Israeli army and a local settlement official said.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Israeli men place the body of Dafna Meir, 38, during her funeral ceremony in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Otniel January 18, 2016. Meir, a female resident of Otniel, was stabbed to death in her home on Sunday when an assailant broke into her house and attacked her, the Israeli army and a local settlement official said.  (Credit: REUTERS)Israeli men place the body of Dafna Meir, 38, during her funeral ceremony in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Otniel January 18, 2016. Meir, a female resident of Otniel, was stabbed to death in her home on Sunday when an assailant broke into her house and attacked her, the Israeli army and a local settlement official said.  (Credit: REUTERS)
The husband and son (C) of Dafna Meir, 38, mourn as they stand besides her body during her funeral at a cemetery in Jerusalem January 18, 2016. Meir, a female resident of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Otniel, was stabbed to death in her home on Sunday when an assailant broke into her house and attacked her, the Israeli army and a local settlement official said.  (Credit: REUTERS)The husband and son (C) of Dafna Meir, 38, mourn as they stand besides her body during her funeral at a cemetery in Jerusalem January 18, 2016. Meir, a female resident of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Otniel, was stabbed to death in her home on Sunday when an assailant broke into her house and attacked her, the Israeli army and a local settlement official said.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Husband Natan Meir (C, sitting) and children of killed Israeli woman Dafna Meir along with other relatives attend her funeral in Jerusalem, Israel, 18 January 2016. A suspect stabbed an Israeli woman to death at her home in the Otniel Jewish settlement on the southern West Bank on 17 January, the Israeli military said. Israeli Army and Police are involved in searching for the Palestinian suspect in the nearby Palestinian villages. (Credit: EPA)Husband Natan Meir (C, sitting) and children of killed Israeli woman Dafna Meir along with other relatives attend her funeral in Jerusalem, Israel, 18 January 2016. A suspect stabbed an Israeli woman to death at her home in the Otniel Jewish settlement on the southern West Bank on 17 January, the Israeli military said. Israeli Army and Police are involved in searching for the Palestinian suspect in the nearby Palestinian villages. (Credit: EPA)
Husband Natan Meir (C, sitting) and children of killed Israeli woman Dafna Meir during her funeral in Jerusalem, Israel, 18 January 2016. A suspect stabbed an Israeli woman to death at her home in the Otniel Jewish settlement on the southern West Bank on 17 January, the Israeli military said. Israeli Army and Police are involved in searching for the Palestinian suspect in the nearby Palestinian villages. (Credit: EPA)Husband Natan Meir (C, sitting) and children of killed Israeli woman Dafna Meir during her funeral in Jerusalem, Israel, 18 January 2016. A suspect stabbed an Israeli woman to death at her home in the Otniel Jewish settlement on the southern West Bank on 17 January, the Israeli military said. Israeli Army and Police are involved in searching for the Palestinian suspect in the nearby Palestinian villages. (Credit: EPA)
Husband Natan Meir (C) and children of killed Israeli woman Dafna Meir attend her funeral in Jerusalem, Israel, 18 January 2016. A suspect stabbed an Israeli woman to death at her home in the Otniel Jewish settlement on the southern West Bank on 17 January, the Israeli military said. Israeli Army and Police are involved in searching for the Palestinian suspect in the nearby Palestinian villages. (Credit: EPA)Husband Natan Meir (C) and children of killed Israeli woman Dafna Meir attend her funeral in Jerusalem, Israel, 18 January 2016. A suspect stabbed an Israeli woman to death at her home in the Otniel Jewish settlement on the southern West Bank on 17 January, the Israeli military said. Israeli Army and Police are involved in searching for the Palestinian suspect in the nearby Palestinian villages. (Credit: EPA)
Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)
People cries over the fresh grave of Dafna Meir, during her funeral in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)People cries over the fresh grave of Dafna Meir, during her funeral in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)
People cries over the fresh grave of Dafna Meir, during her funeral in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)People cries over the fresh grave of Dafna Meir, during her funeral in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)
The husband and children of Dafna Meir seen over her fresh grave, during her funeral in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)The husband and children of Dafna Meir seen over her fresh grave, during her funeral in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)
The husband and children of Dafna Meir seen during her funeral in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)The husband and children of Dafna Meir seen during her funeral in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)
The husband and children of Dafna Meir seen during her funeral in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)The husband and children of Dafna Meir seen during her funeral in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)
Leader of Zionist Camp party Isaac Herzog (R) seen with Minister of Education Naftali Bennett attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)Leader of Zionist Camp party Isaac Herzog (R) seen with Minister of Education Naftali Bennett attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the funeral of Dafna Meir, in Jeursalem on January 18, 2016. Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. (Credit: Flash90)

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 Jan 18, 2016 at 11:17 AM bennyt Says:

How many more times will we have to look at pictures likes these? Will this ever end? It almost means nothing when we see it so often. When will the Israeli government realize that being reactive to these murderous animals instead of being proactive is not the solution? When will they start caring more about their citizens than about world opinion? A government that fails to protect its people is a failure.

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 Jan 18, 2016 at 11:26 AM Anonymous Says:

Hashem...please stop the pain.....

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 Jan 18, 2016 at 03:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Hashem is taking back all these special righteous people to his kisay hakavod. What can we glean and learn from all these kedoshim being plucked up from our midst al kidushay Hashem?

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 Jan 18, 2016 at 03:14 PM SGMoish Says:

Where are the frum community in America??? Why are we not donned in sackcloth outside of the UN?? Why do we only see fit to protest "gzerias shmad" and govt of Israel but when our brothers and sisters are being slaughtered we sit in silence. We don't get to talk about the holocaust because we are full of crap. A holocaust is happening today before our eyes and we are discussing internet issues and bugs in our lettuce. Where is Agudah? Where is Satmer? Shame on us

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