Ari Fuld, an American-Israeli husband, father, and activist was murdered by a terrorist in the settlement of Kfar Etzion on Sunday morning.
While at the Etzion junction, a 17-year-old Palestinian approached Fuld and stabbed him in the back. Fuld then chased the attacker and shot him to prevent further casualties. Fuld was pronounced dead at the Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
The terrorist survived with multiple gunshot wounds from Fuld and another bystander, according to The Times of Israel.
Fuld, a husband and father of four, was originally from New York and served in an elite paratroopers unit in the Israeli Defense Forces reserves and taught martial arts to children.
Fuld was well-known for his pro-Israel advocacy on social media. Fuld was a prolific social media advocate and often posted videos and commentary on his Israel Defense Page on Facebook. He frequently live-streamed religious ceremonies at the Western Wall and gave his commentary about the news of the day. He also worked for Standing Together, an organization that provides support to Israeli soldiers. He was scheduled for a pro-Israel speaking tour in the United States in the coming weeks.
Less than 24 hours after the attack, the funeral was held on Sunday close to midnight and attended by thousands.
“You were a good man. I’m not sure how to go on without you. You were always running towards danger instead of away from it and you never backed down from a fight because you knew you were in the right,” his widow, Miriam Fuld, said during her eulogy. “You fought for what you believed in. You’ve left behind a legacy for the entire world to savor, videos and stories that we will be telling for many years to come.”
News of Fuld’s death drew condolences from prominent American and Israeli politicians.
“I’ve met the parents and wonderful brothers of this hero of Israel, Ari Fuld,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a tweet. “I embraced them in the name of the entire nation in this time of terrible grief. We are alive thanks to heroes like Ari. We will remember him forever.”
Fuld’s left-wing co-host and sparring partner for a political talk show on ILTVNews, Uri Zaki, expressed his shock at the news. “I’m shocked and pained [to hear of] the vile murder of my friend Ari Fuld,” he tweeted. “We had our ideological differences, but we left it to the screen. My sincere condolences to his family.”
Former Governor Mike Huckabee gave his reaction to the news about Fuld, whom he considered a friend. “An American/Israel patriot was murdered in cold blood today by a young Palestinian terrorist who stabbed Ari IN THE BACK,” he tweeted. “Ari chased and shot the coward who lived. Ari died. I was with Ari in July in Efrat.”
In another tweet he said “Senseless gutless murder today of Ari Fuld in Efrat, Israel a reminder that there will be no peace until PA stops rewarding terrorists who kill Jews. This is savage! Ari stabbed in back.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) also gave his condolences on Twitter. “Please pray today for the family of Ari Fuld, a citizen of the U.S. & #Israel who was mortally stabbed by a terrorist,” he wrote. “As he was dying he was able to incapacitate his killer thereby saving the life of other innocent civilians. May his memory be a blessing.”
“Mortally wounded, Ari Fuld heroically pursued the Palestinian terrorist who took his life, ensuring he didn’t harm others,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) tweeted. “My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) also gave his condolences. “My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Ari Fuld, an American-Israeli who was murdered today by a Palestinian terrorist,” he tweeted. “Ari was a devoted husband, a father of four, and a passionate advocate for the security of the Jewish state of Israel.”
In response, various Palestinian factions reportedly praised the stabbing. “We welcome the stabbing attack in Bethlehem," Hamas spokesperson Abd Al-Latif Kanaoueu said, according to the Jerusalem Post. "It came at the cost of sacrificing our people in the March of Return, emphasizing the importance of Jerusalem's Intifada and the right of our people to all forms of resistance against the occupation."
Islamic Jihad reportedly called the attack a “heroic stabbing against the settlers’ terror in Bethlehem,” adding “this is a natural response to Jewish terror, aggression, and its crimes against Arabs, the land, and our holy places.” The statement then went on to call for “a general confrontation against the occupation and more attacks on settlers.”
The Jerusalem Post also reports: “Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of Fatah, and the Resistance Committees also welcome the attack, stressing the necessity of resistance ‘against settlements, Judaization of the land, and occupation crimes.’”
According to a local Israeli outlet, the Palestinian Authority transferred $3,350 (12,000 shekels) to the terrorist’s family on Monday.
The terrorist’s home was reportedly raided and measured by Israeli soldiers in preparation for demolition— a common practice for the homes which are inhabited by a terrorist who commits an attack on Israelis. The Times of Israel reports that there is a source who claims the terrorist’s parents reported their son after he informed them he wished to carry out a terrorist attack at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, but he was not found at the tomb and instead carried it out near Efrat.
As of Monday afternoon, a Go Fund Me page in support of Fuld's family has raised $420,000.