Minister seeks posthumous Medal of Valor for terror victim Ari Fuld
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Minister seeks posthumous Medal of Valor for terror victim Ari Fuld

Gilad Erdan asks police chief to approve decoration for Fuld’s heroism in neutralizing attacker, as well as for his years of anti-BDS work

Ari Fuld (Facebook)
Ari Fuld (Facebook)

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Thursday he wants to award a posthumous medal to US-born Ari Fuld, who pursued and wounded his assailant during last month’s attack at the West Bank’s Gush Etzion Junction.

Fuld did so despite having been fatally stabbed, preventing the terrorist from attacking a mall employee and possibly saving her life.

Erdan asked Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich to consider awarding Fuld a police Medal of Valor for his actions following the attack at a shopping center. He instructed Alsheich to convene the police’s awards committee urgently to discuss the matter so that Fuld can be honored at the next awards ceremony, to be held in November.

Security camera footage of the shopping center shows Fuld, after having been stabbed and with blood pouring down his back, chasing and shooting 17-year-old Khalil Jabarin. He then collapsed to the ground.

Fuld, a resident of the nearby Efrat settlement and father of four, was rushed to a Jerusalem hospital, but was declared dead shortly after. Jabarin was taken to the hospital in moderate condition and later arrested.

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Posted by ‎חדשות 10‎ on Monday, 17 September 2018

“Ari Fuld demonstrated supreme heroism and fearlessness when in his final moments he chased after the terrorist who had fatally stabbed him, neutralized him and in so doing saved the lives of other civilians,” Erdan wrote in his recommendation to Alsheich.

Erdan, who is also the strategic affairs minister, said that Fuld had also dedicated his life to defend Israel by combating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

“In addition to his actions in the battlefield, Ari also fought for the State of Israel in the international arena and was part of a network of information activists we established to show the world the truth about Israel and to expose the lies of those who boycott Israel,” he wrote. “Ari is an example and a model to us all and we should commend him for it.”

Fuld was a well-known Israel advocate and right-wing activist. His killing pierced the community of pro-Israel advocacy, and activists recalled him as a dogged supporter of the Jewish state.

The police Medal of Valor is awarded for acts of supreme heroism performed during times of crisis.

Hila Peretz, a falafel shop worker, on September 17, 2018 says Ari Fuld saved her life in a terror attack at the Gush Etzion junction a day earlier. (screen capture: Channel 10)

After the attack, falafel shop worker Hila Peretz said she saw Jabarin fatally stab Fuld outside the shop a few minutes after she served the Palestinian teenager. Jabarin then began to run toward her with the knife drawn. She ran for her life, shouting “terrorist,” she said.

“The terrorist was right behind me,” she recalled. “I started running down the stairs but he jumped to try to get in front of me. The man that was killed really saved my life.”

She added of Fuld: “He’s not just a hero. He gave his life for me.”

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