From Wire Service Reports
Gush Etzion junction stabbing attack victim Ari Fuld was a well-known social media personality and Israel advocate.
Fuld was a father of four and a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen. He served as a sergeant in an elite paratroopers unit in the IDF reserves and also served on the Efrat emergency squad. According to his personal website, Fuld was about to launch a new Israel advocacy website in English.
Fuld, a prolific social media activist and media pundit, who also worked with the ‘Standing Together’ IDF soldier support organization was attacked by a 17-year-old Palestinian from the nearby town of Yatta, while standing outside the Rami Levy supermarket, which is frequented by both Arabs and Jews.
Security camera footage shows the Arab man approach and seemingly communicating with Fuld, before stabbing him multiple times. Despite being severely wounded, Fuld rose up and ran after the attacker, shooting him as other Israelis shopping in the area drew arms and rushed to the scene.
Fuld, a resident of the town of Efrat, was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem in critical condition. Doctors tried to resuscitate him, but were unsuccessful.
Fuld’s last post to Twitter was a picture of thousands of Jews converging on the Kotel plaza for selichot, prayers for repentance traditionally recited before Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
A spokesperson for Hamas told the Arab Safa news outlet that the killing of Fuld was “legitimate” as a form of “resistance” against “the Israeli occupation”.
The suspect was taken to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus in moderate condition with multiple gunshot wounds.
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