Ari Fuld, a 45-year-old American Israeli was murdered Sunday morning in a stabbing attack in a mall at a major intersection in Gush Etzion, approximately 20 miles south of Jerusalem. The terrorist, 16-year-old Khalil Jabarin from the Palestinian village of Yatta near Hebron, was shot and moderately wounded by Fuld, although mortally wounded by murderer.
Fuld was a sergeant in an IDF reserves elite paratroopers unit. He was the assistant director of Standing Together, an organization that supports IDF soldiers. After being stabbed, Fuld managed to fight back and chase his attacker, shooting him three times before collapsing. His final actions surely protected the many bystanders who were present at the scene. He was rushed to the Shaare Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem in unstable condition where he succumbed to his wounds.
Fuld was well known for his powerful efforts at advocating for Israel and was a dear friend to many at Israel 365 and Breaking Israel News. As an intro on his Facebook page, he stated simply, “Living the dream! I have a love for the Nation of Israel, Land of Israel and Torah of Israel” and those who knew him, knew that he truly embodied this sentiment. His last video, posted just before Shabbat, illustrates this passion.
Fuld, a resident of Efrat, leaves behind a wife, four children.
MDA medic Hagla Erez described his efforts at the scene.
“I was making purchases at the shopping center when I heard shouts and shots near the entrance. I immediately ran to the scene and found a 40-year-old man lying unconscious, suffering from stab wounds to his upper body. I administered life-saving first aid which included stopping the bleeding, and reported to MDA about the incident. Together with MDA staff and an IDF medical team that quickly arrived, we continued medical treatment, and the victim was evacuated in serious and unstable condition to the hospital.”
The junction where many shops frequented by Arabs and Jews alike has been the scene of many terror attacks including ramming attacks. The mall recently decided to close its parking lot to cars with Palestinian Authority license plates.