Donors from around the world have raised over $1 million for the family of Ari Fuld, an American-Israeli father of four who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist in the West Bank last week. Nearly 10,000 people have donated to the fund.
The online fundraising GoFundMe page describes Fuld as a “fallen lion” and says that all the money will go directly to the family, before adding that “Ari did so much for Israel, we would like to do something for him.”
Fuld, 45, was killed outside the Harim Mall at the Etzion Junction in the West Bank, south of Jerusalem. A resident of the nearby Efrat settlement, he managed to chase down and shoot his assailant before collapsing.
The killer was named as 17-year-old Khalil Jabarin of Yatta, a village south of Hebron. He was moderately wounded after being shot and taken to an Israeli hospital.
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 killing also brought widespread condemnation from across the political sphere, including from those on the left he often sparred with online or on television.
The Times of Israel reported earlier this week that the family of Jabarin, the 17-year-old terrorist who stabbed Fuld to death, would be eligible for a monthly salary from the PA once the correct paperwork had been completed.
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said Friday Israel will deduct tax revenues it collects for the Palestinian Authority by the amount paid to Jabarin’s family.
“I ordered a reduction of funds for the Palestinian Authority by the amount transferred to the family of the despicable terrorist who murdered Ari Fuld,” Kahlon wrote on his Twitter account.
The finance minister also said he would look into other ways “to limit the economic activity” of Jabarin’s family, but did not specify any further measures being weighed.
“Ari was a moral person, a lover of the land [and] man and a devoted father of four. May God avenge him,” Kahlon said.
Families of Palestinians who meet the PA’s definition of a prisoner are entitled to a monthly payment, according to the PA Prisoners and Liberated Prisoners law. The law defines a prisoner as “anyone in the occupation’s prisons for participating in the struggle against the occupation.” Many Palestinians who the PA defines as prisoners have carried out terrorist attacks against Israelis and others for which they are serving life sentences.
Both the US and Israel recently passed legislation targeting the PA’s practice of paying the families of security prisoners, including terrorists. The Trump Administration has since slashed hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians and a State Department spokeswoman on Thursday defended the cuts in light of PA payments to families of terrorists.
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Thursday lambasted the PA for the stipends, saying such payments were “unconscionable” and said the PA’s practice of making payments to terrorists and their families was an obstacle to peace.
Speaking to The Times of Israel, a spokesman for the Palestinian Authority Prisoner Affairs’ Commission had earlier denied an Israeli TV report that the PA had already sent a multi-thousand shekel advance to the Jabarin family, but made clear that such regular monthly payments would ultimately be made.
“We are not bashful or secretive about our support for our prisoners,” said the spokesman, Hassan Abd Rabbod. “The [Jabarin] family would be eligible to receive a monthly salary of NIS 1,400 ($390), if their son is not freed by Israel and it completes all the necessary documents.”
Abd Rabbo also said that if Jabarin remains in prison for several years, the sum his family receives would increase.