Ari Fuld, Israeli-American terror victim, ‘lived and died a hero‘

Ari Fuld, an Israeli-American national murdered on Sunday by a Palestinian terrorist in Gush Etzion, was a well-known social media personality and Israel advocate.

Fuld was stabbed in the back. Despite his severe injuries, he chased after the attacker and shot him before collapsing.

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Fuld will be laid to rest Sunday night at 11:30 p.m., according to the Efrat municipality.

"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," said President of Israel Reuven Rivlin. "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."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likewise praised Fuld‘s heroism. "With his last strength Ari fought heroically against the terrorist and prevented a graver tragedy," Netanyahu said. "He was an outstanding father to four children who fought for the truth on the side of Israeli hasbara."

US Ambassador David Friedman expressed condolences to the Fuld family in a tweet, saying that “America grieves as one of its citizens was brutally murdered by a Palestinian terrorist.”

Fuld, Friedman wrote, “was a passionate defender of Israel and an American patriot. He represented the best of both countries and will be deeply missed. May his family be comforted and his memory be blessed.”

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Fuld was a father of four and a dual US-Israeli citizen. He served as a sergeant in an elite paratroopers unit in the IDF reserves and also served on the Efrat emergency squad.

His Facebook page states: “Living the dream! I have a love for the Nation of Israel, Land of Israel and Torah of Israel.”

Well-known in Jewish communities around the globe, Fuld was assistant director of Standing Together, an organization that supports IDF soldiers, according to his personal website. He was an outspoken defender of Israel in the media and online, regularly engaging with Israel‘s critics through his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

 

According to his personal website, Fuld was about to launch a new Israel advocacy website in English.

He held a fourth level black belt in karate and had taught the martial art to hundreds of children in Efrat.

Ari‘s brother, Hillel Fuld, a well known hi-tech guru, wrote on his Twitter account, "He lived as a hero and died as a hero. My big bro is gone. Thanks for the messages. Really. Just looking for oxygen now.”

A second brother Eytan, is the spokesperson for MK Bezalel Smotrich (Bayit Yehudi).

Senior Israeli politicians and organizations mourned Fuld‘s death Sunday.

"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."

Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan lauded him as a hero, and MK Moti Yogev (Bayit Yehudi) said that Fuld was a warrior in death and in life. “Just as he fought during his lifetime to honestly portray the people of Israel, so too in his death, Ari overcame his murderer in order to prevent further harm to civilians.”

Peace Now and the New Israel Fund both published statements expressing their sorrow over Fuld‘s murder.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a surprise visit to Gush Etzion to visit the family of terror victim Ari Fuld, 45, prior to his burial later tonight.

Netanyahu said that he embraced the family in the name of the entire nation.

"We are alive because of heroes like Ari. We will always remember him,” Netanyahu said adding that the embraced the family in the name of the nation of Israel.

Earlier under the night stars, teenagers gathered in the Gush Etzion parking lot to bid farewell to Fuld, a well-known social media personality and Israel advocate.

They carried Israeli flags, played guitar, sang mournful songs and placed candles on the pavement in the shape of a Star of David.

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.”

Born in New York, Fuld, 45, immigrated to Israel in 1994. The dual US-Israeli citizen lived in Efrat with his wife Miriam, and was the father of Tamar, 22, Naomi, 21, Yakir, 17, and Natan 12. He served as a sergeant in an elite paratroopers unit in the IDF reserves, and also served on the Efrat emergency squad.

His Facebook page states: “Living the dream! I have a love for the Nation of Israel, Land of Israel and Torah of Israel.”

Well-known in Jewish communities around the globe, Fuld was assistant director of Standing Together, an organization that supports IDF soldiers. He was an outspoken defender of Israel in the media and online, regularly engaging with Israel’s critics through his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

According to his personal website, Fuld was about to launch a new Israel advocacy website in English.

He held a fourth-level black belt in karate and had taught the martial art to hundreds of children in Efrat.

In a commentary on the weekly Torah portion on his Facebook page posted September 14, Fuld spoke about Moses’s last words to the people of Israel before he died and speculated on the nature of leadership.

Moses tells them to be strong and brave because God will not abandon the people of Israel, Fuld said.

Fuld’s brother, Eytan, is the spokesman for MK Bezalel Smotrich (Bayit Yehudi).

 A second brother, Hillel Fuld, a well-known high-tech guru, wrote on his Twitter account, “He lived as a hero and died as a hero. My big bro is gone. Thanks for the messages. Really. Just looking for oxygen now.”

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