Decrying the Murder of Ari Fuld
Who said that Palestinian terrorists do not follow our calendar? Every so often, the despicable murders of innocent Israelis are committed on or close to Shabbat, or our holy days.
Our new year of 5779 has just started. Yet just days before Yom Kippur, Ari Fuld — a dear friend of so many people, and a true champion of Israel and the Jewish community — was murdered in another vicious attack by a 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist, who was trained and indoctrinated by the bestial Palestinian government that is run by criminals.
Ari was 45 years old and a father of four; he was courageous, motivated, articulate, devoted, and a great Jewish man who loved his country, his land, and his people. His loss is an enormous one for every Jew everywhere.
And what about the terrorist? Slightly wounded, he was rushed to a hospital in Jerusalem, and was treated by Israeli and Jewish doctors. The primary value of Judaism is human life — but not those people who are bred to commit such heinous, unforgivable murders.
There are so many wrongs that are evoked in connection with this vicious crime. It is wrong to allow the terrorist to live while putting constraints on Israeli soldiers who are defending Israel. It is wrong to send convicted terrorists to comfortable prisons, where they enjoy life. It is wrong to allow them to study and receive degrees. With dismay, we are seeing how the backbone of morality has been broken by realpolitik effective surrealism.
This year, Yom Kippur will be enormously painful.
We send our deepest condolences and love to Ari’s wonderful family. We are with you. And Ari is with all of us and with his beloved Eretz Israel.
Dr. Inna Rogatchi is an author, scholar, filmmaker, political analyst, and public figure. She is the co-founder and president of The Rogatchi Foundation, founder and president of Rogatchi Films, and co-founder and owner of The Rogatchi Art Gallery.