Angry demonstrators staged a vocal protest at the Rami Levy supermarket at the Gush Etzion Junction near the entrance to the Kanyon Harim shopping center in the immediate aftermath of the fatal stabbing of Ari Fuld, 45, the Queens, New York born settler and Jewish activist who was a resident of the city of Efrat in Israel.
Demonstrators called on the Rami Levy chain of supermarkets to cease its long standing policy of employing Arab workers and their attempts to attract more Arab customers to the chain of stores.
“Don’t hire murderers of our people!” – the demonstrators chanted; with the clear implication being that Arab terrorists are among the employees at the Rami Levy store.
The stabbing took place on late Sunday morning and Fuld was laid to rest at 11:30 pm on Sunday night. He was the father of four children; Tamar, Naomi, Yakir and Natan and was married to his beloved wife Miriam.
Fuld was the assistant director of Standing Together, a non-governmental organization that provides support for Israeli soldiers. The 17-year-old Arab terrorist, from Kfar Yata near Hevron, was shot and neutralized. After being stabbed, Fuld chased the terrorist down the street and shot him multiple times.
Fuld was taken in critical condition to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, where he was pronounced dead.
Lior Shurka, a friend of the victim, told the TPS news agency: “Ari [meaning ‘lion’ in Hebrew] was like his name implied. He was very involved in explaining and defending the good reputation of the State of Israel on the Internet and before the citizens of the world.”
“Ari was about launch a new Hasbara site [to reveal truth about Israel] in English. He was a good friend who you knew would stand by you and protect you in any situation.
“A lowly terrorist came up behind him, and in a cowardly way stabbed him. Ari was one of the fighters in the Efrat emergency squad. We didn’t expect anything less of him. Even after he was wounded, Ari engaged with the terrorist and chased him as he was bleeding, and managed to respond and shoot at the terrorist.”
“We are confident that his death will not be in vain, and his activity will grow and intensify. We expect the government to immediately demolish the house of the terrorist and expel his family to the Gaza Strip as soon as possible,” Shurka added.
The official Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa presented the terrorist who murdered Ari Fuld Sunday morning as a victim of an Israeli shooting.
Wafa ran the story on the terror attack with the headline: ‘Israeli forces injure Palestinian near Bethlehem.’
The body of the article read: “A Palestinian young man was injured by gunfire on Sunday when he was shot by Israeli forces, after he allegedly carried out a stabbing attack targeting an Israeli settler in Gush Etzion settlement complex, near Bethlehem in the southern West Bank.”
The article continued: “The Palestinian Military Liaison said the young man, who comes from the Makhamreh family from Yatta town in the southern West Bank, was lightly injured after being shot by the forces.”
No mention was made of the fact that an Israeli man was murdered.
The Hamas terror group praised the terrorist responsible for the murder of Ari Fuld on Sunday, ‘welcoming’ the stabbing attack in Gush Etzion.
“We welcome the stabbing attack in Bethlehem, which coincided with the killings of our people during the March of Return,” Hamas said in a statement Sunday hours after the attack, referring to the “March of Return” riots on the Gaza-Israel border. Since the end of March, rioters have regularly gathered at the border to attack the Israeli security fence.
“The attack makes it clear that our people wish to continue the Jerusalem intifada. To resist the occupation, by using all means necessary, is our legitimate right.”
“America grieves as one of its citizens was brutally murdered by a Palestinian terrorist,” said U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman in a tweet shortly after Fuld’s death was announce.
“Ari Fuld was a passionate defender of Israel & an American patriot. He represented the best of both countries & will be deeply missed. May his family be comforted & his memory be blessed.”
Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro also expressed his sympathies and condemned the terror attack, stating, “Deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Ari Fuld, murdered in Gush Etzion today. The attack was an outrageous act of terrorism, which should be loudly condemned by all. May Ari’s memory be a blessing and a source of comfort to his family and community.”