Palestinian Stabs Israeli to Death at Gush Etzion Mall
A 45-year-old father of four and ardent Israel activist was stabbed to death by an Arab teenager Sunday morning outside a shopping center in Gush Etzion in the West Bank.
Ari Fuld, a social media activist and media pundit, who also worked with the ‘Standing Together’ IDF soldier support organization was attacked by a 17-year-old Palestinian from the nearby town of Yatta, while standing outside the Rami Levy supermarket, which is frequented by both Arabs and Jews.
Security camera footage shows the Arab man approaching and seemingly communicating with Fuld, before stabbing him multiple times. Despite being severely wounded, Fuld chased the attacker, shooting him as other Israelis shopping in the area drew arms and rushed to the scene.
Fuld, a resident of the town of Efrat, was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem in critical condition. Doctors performed resuscitation maneuvers on him but were unsuccessful.
“With a stab wound in the back he ran, drew his gun and fired before collapsing, just to make sure the terrorist would not continue to hurt others,” Education Minister Naftali Bennett wrote on his Twitter account.
“My deepest condolences to the family of Ari Fuld — may his memory be blessed — who showed incredible courage and who chased after the terrorist despite his injuries,” wrote Zionist Union MK Ksenia Svetlova.
“My heart is with the Etzion Bloc,” wrote Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Twitter. “My condolences to the families of the victim. We will continue to fight terrorism with an iron fist.”
Friends in the pro-Israel community also took to social media channels to mourn the loss of Fuld, who they said embodied his name Ari, which means “lion” in Hebrew.
“Be Ari Fulds! Don’t be afraid to say the truth!” cried Avi Abelow, executive at the Israel Video Network in a live Facebook broadcast from the Kotel on Ari Fuld’s Israel Defense Page, which was viewed by hundreds of followers and was filled with praise for Fuld’s record as a pro-Israel advocate.
“Our good friend, father, good Jew and incredible fighter for Israel, Ari Fuld was murdered in Gush Etzion today,” wrote Yishai Fleisher, spokesperson for the Jewish community of Hebron, on Twitter. “After being stabbed he got up and shot the terrorist but later succumbed to his wounds. We will miss him very much and ensure his legacy continues.”
Fuld’s last post to Twitter was a picture of thousands of Jews converging on the Kotel plaza for selichot, prayers for repentance traditionally recited before Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
A spokesperson for Hamas told the Arab Safa news outlet that the killing of Fuld was “legitimate” as a form of “resistance” against “the Israeli occupation.”
The stabber was taken to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus in moderate condition with multiple gunshot wounds.
Palestinian street attacks against Israelis have been sporadic since 2015, a year after peace talks collapsed.