UN envoy sends condolences over Israeli killed in terror attack

In message to family of Ari Fuld, Nickolay Mladenov tweets that ‘everyone must stand up to violence and condemn terror’

Nikolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, at Yad Vashem in August 28, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Nikolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, at Yad Vashem in August 28, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The United Nations special envoy for Middle East peace sent his condolences Monday to the family of a US-Israeli man who was stabbed to death the day before in a West Bank terror attack.

“I extend my condolences to the family of Ari Fuld, an Israeli-American civilian, who was stabbed in the West Bank yesterday,” Nickolay Mladenov tweeted. “Everyone must stand up [to] violence and condemn terror.”

Fuld, 45, was killed outside the Harim Mall at the Etzion Junction in the West Bank, south of Jerusalem. Fuld, a resident of the nearby Efrat settlement and a father of four, managed to chase down and shoot his assailant before collapsing.

The assailant 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.

Ari Fuld, who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist outside a West Bank shopping mall on September 16, 2018. (Facebook)

Mladenov has been outspoken in his calls for calm during recent fighting between Israel and Hamas, imploring the sides to “step back from the brink.”

The UN envoy has emerged as a key figure in efforts to achieve a ceasefire and has shuttled between Israel, Gaza and Egypt to broker an agreement.

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