Ari Fuld, an American who moved to Israel to work on behalf of the country and its people, was killed in a stabbing attack Sunday by what the U.S. ambassador called a “Palestinian terrorist.”
The attack took place in a mall in the town of Gush Etzion just south of Jerusalem, in the West Bank.
The attacker, a young Palestinian reportedly from the town of Yatta, was reportedly shot by Fuld after he stabbed him, stopping him from hurting anyone else. The Palestinian was not seriously injured by the gunshot.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shared his condolences on social media.
‘”In the name of every citizen of Israel, I send my condolences to the family of Ari Fuld, who was murdered today in a terrorist attack in Gush Etzion,” he wrote. “With his last strength, Ari fought heroically against the terrorist and prevented a greater tragedy.”
“Ari was a wonderful father to four children. He was an advocate for Israel who fought to spread the truth about Israel. May his memory be a blessing.”
Fuld was a well-known social media personality and Israel advocate.
“I want to send my sincerest condolences to the Fuld family, to the residents of Efrat and all of Gush Etzion over the shocking murder of Ari Fuld,” Israel Rivlin, the President of Israel, said in a statement. “No one will resist terror so forcefully as Ari, who displayed exceptional courage and fought until the last moment — we too will pursue by any means the perpetrators of this attack.”
U.S, Ambassador David Friedman expressed his condolences in a tweet, stating that “America grieves as one of its citizens was brutally murdered by a Palestinian terrorist. Ari Fuld was a passionate defender of Israel & an American patriot. He represented the best of both countries & will be deeply missed. May his family be comforted & his memory be blessed.”
America grieves as one of its citizens was brutally murdered by a Palestinian terrorist. Ari Fuld was a passionate defender of Israel & an American patriot. He represented the best of both countries & will be deeply missed. May his family be comforted & his memory be blessed.
— David M. Friedman (@USAmbIsrael) September 16, 2018
Fuld was the assistant director of Standing Together, an organization that supports IDF soldiers, and was active on social media as a defender of Israel.
A fourth-level black belt in karate, Fuld taught martial arts to hundreds of Israeli children in Efrat.
“The entire People of Israel is pained at the shocking murder of Ari Fuld this morning in Gush Etzion,” Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein wrote in a Twitter post. “Ari demonstrated rare courage, pursued the terrorist but unfortunately his strength did not last.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a surprise visit to Gush Etzion to visit the family of Fuld, prior to his burial later Sunday night. “We are alive because of heroes like Ari. We will always remember him,” Netanyahu said in a tweet, adding that the embraced the family in the name of the nation of Israel.
In a statement released earlier in the day, his sister-in-law Shoshana said that Fuld “believed in the people of Israel and the land of Israel by the Torah of Israel.” She said he was “a true fighter, bringing truth to the world.”
“This morning he went shopping and a terrorist stabbed him in the back, which penetrated his lungs and he later died from his wound,” she said. “The nation of Israel and the State of Israel lost a true warrior who fought constantly for the truth, his people and his nation.”
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