An American-Israeli civilian died from wounds received in a terror stabbing on Sunday, but not before he was able to take down his attacker. The victim, Ari Fuld, was seen chasing the terrorist after a brief fight with the terrorist in a video posted to Twitter by Israeli Prime Minister’s Office spokesman Ofir Gendelman. Despite obviously suffering from the attack and briefly stumbling, Fuld manages to regain his balance and take aim at the terrorist with a firearm.
“A 17 y/o Palestinian terrorist, brainwashed to murder Israelis since he was a child, stabbed today Ari Fuld, a father of 4, to death,” said Gendelman’s tweet. “Although he was stabbed from behind, Ari (lion in Hebrew) fought like a lion. He chased the terrorist & shot him before collapsing. He was a hero.”
Fuld was a social media and marketing consultant and a pro-Israel activist whose death caught the attention of United States Senator Ted Cruz. The US legislator issued a statement on his website expressing his sorrow over the Fuld’s death and praising his courage. “Ari was a devoted husband, a father of four, and a passionate advocate for the security of the Jewish state of Israel. After being stabbed he heroically ran down the terrorist and shot him before he could attack other innocent people. May his memory forever be a blessing,” said Cruz.
Outspoken in support of Israel on social media and a public speaker, Fuld’s influence was tangible based on the responses to his passing. The same day as his death, a GoFundMe account raising funds for his family had raised over $70,000 from 668 people in just six hours.
Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said via Twitter that Fuld—45-years-old—died in the hospital, noting that security measures continued in the area. In a previous tweet, Rosenfeld reported that the stabbing took place near a mall in the city of Gush Etzion.
Palestinian terrorists have launched stabbing attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers for years, although just one such attack per month were recorded for Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem in July and August, according to the Israeli Security Agency (ISA) website.
In general, terror attacks in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem—which include firebombs, explosives and stabbings—have been steadily decreasing since May, according to the ISA’s August report. However, it just takes one attack to kill, as Sunday’s attack tragically emphasized.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted Fuld’s heroism in his condolence message, which was posted to Gendelman’s Twitter feed. “I send my condolences to the family of #AriFuld, who was murdered today in a terrorist attack in Gush Etzion,” Netanyahu was quoted as saying.
“With his last strength, he fought the terrorist heroically. Ari was a wonderful father to four children. May his memory be a blessing.”
(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, September 16, 2018)